A country filled with natural wonder, Canada will inspire you from the moment you arrive. From the heights of The Rockies, to the depths of the valleys' fast-flowing rivers, its landscapes encompass emerald-green forests, deep-blue lakes, rugged mountains and magnificent waterfalls – not forgetting the pristine white slopes of ski season! A year-round playground for outdoor adventures, you can expect an action-packed itinerary on any luxury holiday to Canada, no matter which season you travel. Though the ski season is always attractive, a summer holiday in Canada (from June to August) will treat you to warmer weather and a boundless list of outdoor pursuits that is simply hard to resist.
Can’t decide where to go on your luxury summer holiday in Canada? Let us inspire your travels with our top 5 locations:
A glittering, modern city, tucked away between magnificent mountains and the boundless ocean, Vancouver boasts more than just the typical city attractions. Although you’ll discover plenty of restaurants, shops, theatres and eye-opening museums, there’s also an 18-kilometre paved trail that winds around the city, leading you through lush woodlands and along the peaceful beachfront. Take in the world-class architecture and scenery of the city on foot or by bike, or heighten your travels with a visit to the top of Grouse Mountain by cable car, where you can savour awe-inspiring views across the city during the summer months. In the heart of Downtown Vancouver, you can enjoy a luxurious stay at Rosewood Hotel Georgia – a historic hotel which has, in its past, attracted Hollywood clientele, or choose the refreshing setting of Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for your luxury Canada holiday, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the sweeping vistas and Pacific Ocean.
Nestled in its own national park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, breathtaking is possibly the most adequate way to describe Banff’s natural beauty. With 6,500 kilometres of nature-filled parkland, turquoise-coloured lakes and a myriad of wonderous wildlife, this incredible outdoor destination thrives in the summer, with the snow of the ski season melting away to reveal the mountain’s rugged core. From white-water rafting and kayaking, to horse-riding and helicopter tours, there’s plenty of adventurous ways to see the spectacular sights of Banff. The month of June sees Banff’s Moraine Lake reach its crest, with the waters becoming their distinctive shade of shimmering blue – a photo opportunity not to be missed! If you’d rather a self-drive luxury holiday in Canada, get behind the wheel and drive the Bow Valley Parkway, a 51-kilometre stretch of scenic road that will whisk you through the heart of the mountains and river valleys, with plenty of stunning spots for you to stop and enjoy a picturesque picnic along the way. A fairytale-like castle, Fairmont Banff Springs overlooks Bow Valley and includes the world-class Willow Stream spa, complete with outdoor whirlpool and pulsating waterfalls.
One of Banff National Park’s biggest attractions is the iconic Lake Louise, known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies'. When on a luxury holiday in Canada during the summer months, early morning and evening are the best times to soak up the sights of the lake, offering an incredible sense of solitude and tranquillity. The rest of your day can be spent hiking through some of the world’s most incredible natural scenery, or, try heli-hiking: be transported high into the Alpines away from other hikers, and if you’re visiting in July, you’ll witness the beautiful wild mountain flowers in full bloom. Close to the legendary lake, stay at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and revel in unrivalled luxury service and accommodation at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Banff National Park.
Located at the northern end of the renowned Icefield Parkway, Jasper is one of Canada’s most charming towns, whilst Jasper National Park is the largest of the Canadian Rockies national parks. This is the ultimate destination for wildlife lovers – from Grizzly Bears and Gray Foxes, to Bobcats and Bald Eagles, there’s plenty to see, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars and camera when enjoying a wildlife tour on a luxury holiday in Jasper. For a different perspective that is sure to heighten your senses, the Jasper Skytram will take you on a seven-minute journey to an altitude of 2,263 metres, before you step out onto the mountaintop and witness awe-inspiring views of six mountain ranges, shimmering lakes and the mountain town of Jasper. The village-style resort of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a world-class mountain hideaway ideal for a luxury Canada holiday, boasting an incredible 18-hole golf course with truly breathtaking mountain vistas courtesy of the Canadian Rockies.
The summer months see the mountain resort of Whistler transform into one of the world’s most glorious settings for biking, hiking and a host of other outdoor pursuits. An incredible luxury holiday experience - the Peak 2 Peak 360 gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is the highest and longest lift in the world and boasts a truly incredible birds-eye view of the lush scenery below. New for summer 2018, once you reach the mountain peak, walk the Cloudraker Skybridge for 360-degree views and unforgettable memories. Back on the ground, Whistler’s pedestrianised village is idyllic for those looking to take a break from their wilderness adventures, with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to take the weight off your feet. All just a short walk from the village, The Westin Resort and Spa, Four Seasons Resort Whistler & Residences and Fairmont Chateau Whistler offer stylish stays, with attentive staff and luxurious amenities ensuring your luxury summer stay in Canada is one to remember.
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