The vast majority of international visitors to Alberta  head straight to the mountains, but instead of staying at a Best Western and eating at chain restaurants, these ideas encourage you to sleep, eat, and explore away from the crowds. Even if you’re staying indoors, plan on cooking at least one meal outside. Most picnic areas have fireplaces and cooking grates, with firewood supplied.
The hike to this beautiful backcountry lake is a full-day excursion and can be strenuous. A hike meant for adventure-seekers only.
Rise before the crowds to watch the first rays of light hit this famous lake, then move over to the equally scenic Moraine Lake . As the first tour buses start to arrive, leave the lake behind by hiking into Larch Valley.
Summer traffic along the Icefields Parkway is usually heavy, but as it is one of the world’s most scenic drives, you won’t want to miss this route. Most highway travelers stop quickly at the main lookout points and continue to their chain hotel in Jasper . But if you’re looking to avoid the masses, break the journey with an overnight stay at historically charming Simpson's Num-Ti-Jah Lodge .
Take an Ice Explorer tour onto the glacier, but also take time to explore the wasteland left behind by the receding glacier and hike to Wilcox Pass for a sweeping view of the glacier-filled valley.
The Maligne Lake boat tour takes you to a part of the lake that is otherwise inaccessible, or rent a canoe or kayak and explore the shoreline at a more leisurely pace.