A combination of unbelievable scenery, captivating wildlife and an astounding sense of adventure makes the lakes and mountains of Canada a destination not to be missed by any avid explorer. No matter what type of traveller you are or what experience you’re seeking, this dynamic destination offers both summer and winter holidays filled with thrilling new encounters, from spotting elusive Grizzly Bears, to scaling the magnificent heights of the Canadian Rockies, assuring your luxury holiday in Canada is not to be forgotten.
The Beauty Of Banff
Founded in 1885 as Canada’s first national park, Banff is now visited by millions of adventure-seekers each year, thanks to its majestic mountain scenery and endless list of outdoor adventures. Banff National Park is open year-round with an assortment of weather-suited activities that compliment Canadas landscapes. In summer, the rugged peaks are filled with hikers, cyclists and climbers making the most of the spectacular terrain before they settle down for evenings filled with comforting campfires and visits to Banff Town’s nightlife and dining scene — if you’re visiting in November, don’t miss the offering of beers from Alberta's own breweries at Banff Craft Beer Festival, whilst January brings a five-day feast at Banff’s Big Taste experience.
As winter arrives and snow settles upon the mountainous region, Fairmont Banff Springs turns to a fairytale-like castle, making it the perfect accommodation for a warming winter stay, complete with world-class spa. Banff is the perfect spot for incredible downhill and cross-country skiing — easily accessible world-class ski resorts, accompanied by an unrivalled après scene, make this part of the lakes and mountains of Canada a must-visit for ski and snow lovers. Embrace the magic of winter activities as you ice-skate across the frozen lakes, swiftly travel through the snow on a sleigh-ride or soak up the steaming waters of Banff Hot Springs, a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Diamond In The Wilderness
With an enchanting location inside Banff National Park, the intimate village of Lake Louise is world-famous for its spectacular lake of glistening turquoise waters. The lake’s edge is lined with peaceful pathways for those who desire to take in the scenery at their own pace, whilst there are plenty of hidden spots to be discovered not too far beyond. During the summer months, many will hike to the famous tea house – built in 1901 by Canadian Pacific Railway. The family-run refuge has no electricity or running water and fresh food is packed up the trail by the staff, adding to the quintessential essence of this mountain hideaway.
The colder months transform Lake Louise into a winter wonderland. The world-class, 4,200-acre, Lake Louise ski resort is within walking distance of the village and presents the ideal ski terrain for the whole family. For a slower pace of snow-filled fun, enjoy festive sleigh-rides or dazzling star-gazing across the clear Canadian skies. Extra sparkle arrives in January when iconic ice sculptures fill the lake, as artists from around the world visit for the annual Ice Magic Festival.
The peaceful town of Jasper offers natural Alpine attraction and boasts the largest Canadian Rocky Mountain park. Amongst the vast valleys and fast-flowing rivers, this area is home to abundant wildlife — expect to spot moose and elk grazing in the meadows, as well as a small number of Black Bears, which are often more elusive. Plenty of organised wildlife-viewing excursions are available, including guided walking tours amongst the valleys, exhilarating motorbike-drives and fully narrated Jasper Skytram rides.
Winter truly brings Jasper into full swing — prepare to snowboard, ski, snowshoe and sleigh-ride across the mountains of Canada, with an average of 160 inches of snowfall during the ski season (late-November to late-April). Staying at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge makes skiing easily accessible, with ski hire available in the hotel, as well as a complimentary shuttle service to the slopes. The Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour is also not to be missed, with the opportunity to delve into the park’s deepest accessible canyon and explore frozen waterfalls and ice caves. For a new vantage point, take off on a helicopter tour and soar above the snowy glaciers, admiring the regions unrivalled natural beauty.
Winter In Whistler
Considered one of the best ski destinations in the world, Whistler is a bustling winter retreat with plenty of choice for things to do. Ski fanatics will discover terrain suited to the whole family, with over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, three glaciers and world-class terrain parks. If skiing isn’t for you, these vast mountains have plenty more to offer — glide across the landscapes on Whistler’s spectacular ziplining adventure, climb high amongst the snow-capped forest on a fully-guided treetop tour or live life in the fast lane and try snowmobiling across Whistler’s scenic mountains.
Although Whistler’s winter wonderland often boasts most appeal, its list of summer activities is also a mile long. An eclectic mix of family-friendly adventures makes for a luxurious summer lakes and mountains holiday during the warmer months. The wild waters of the valley rivers are perfect for white-water rafting and thrilling jet boating excursions, whilst the scenic landscapes offer exciting escapades, including horse-riding and quad-biking, as well as boasting four championship golf courses set amongst the stunning mountain backdrop.
A Drive With A Difference
Stretching 144 miles through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, the incredible Icefields Parkway is not a journey to be missed on a holiday in Canada. Often considered one of the best drives in the world, the highway links Lake Louise with Jasper and takes travellers on a thrilling ride through rugged and rocky mountains, mesmerising icefields and spectacular sweeping valleys. Soak up your environment and stop to admire the wandering wildlife, capture endless photographs or enjoy a peaceful roadside picnic amongst the peaks.
Rockies By Rail
Presenting a unique perspective for visitors travelling through the Canadian Rockies, the Rocky Mountaineer train is the definition of glamorous and modern travel, passing through the midst of Canada’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Visit diverse mountain ranges, glacier-fed lakes, coastlines and canyons, whilst outstanding on-board service includes attentive staff, exquisite cuisine and sophisticated facilities. Itineraries have a duration of two days or more, with the opportunity to hop off and explore the immersive wilderness, should you wish.
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