Days 16 - 18: Banff
Distance: 288 km / 179 miles
Today you will drive the Icefields Parkway, one of the the world’s most scenic highways, with its snowy peaks and ice-blue lakes. Make a stop at the famous Athabasca Glacier for a ride on the Ice Explorer, where you can walk on, feel and even drink from the glacier. See the Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, walk on air on the Glacier Skywalk, visit Peyto Lake and see the famous azure blue waters of Lake Louise.
Head south and discover downtown Banff. From Banff, you'll be able to see Lake Minnewanka, Vermilion Lakes, Bow Falls and the impressive Banff Springs Hotel. A dip in the hot pools is a must as is the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Days 19 - 20: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 135 km / 84 miles
From Banff, it's a relatively short drive to Radium Hot Springs. Along the route you’ll find many short and easy interpretive walks, scenic viewpoints, hot springs, picnic areas, and roadside interpretive exhibits.
Once at the Radium Hot Springs, there’s plenty to discover. From the natural hot springs to golf, skiing and fine dining, it’s surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. Being located on the 'warm' side of the Canadian Rockies, it offers odourless mineral pools that are surrounded by natural rock walls and which are guaranteed to soak away your worries.
Days 21 - 22: Waterton Lakes National Park
Distance: 381 km / 236 miles
The wetlands near Radium support a huge concentration of wildlife and are well worth a visit as you make your way south. Around half an hour from the Radium Hot Springs are the Fairmont Hot Springs - it's worth a stop here as the mountain scenery is truly stunning. Wasa Lake Provincial Park is also a great stop; the lake is warm and is great for summer swimming. For those seeking some history, a visit to the Fort Steele Heritage Town is a must as here you can step back in time to another era.
You're free to explore Waterton Lakes National Park at your leisure; consider a drive to Redrock Canyon to walk to Blakiston Falls. On the drive to the canyon make sure you keep your eyes open for bears as they are often seen along the road. Alternatively, take the Shoreline Cruise along the lake or drive the Akamina Parkway and hire a canoe on Cameron Lake.