Adventure in Alberta
During the warmer months, Albertans love to go camping, hiking, fishing, climbing, bear-spotting and biking in their national parks. But you can enjoy them in deepest, darkest winter, too…
Northern lights: From September to April, the aurora borealis lights up the night sky. Alberta is home to the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserves: Jasper and Wood Buffalo National Parks.
Ice walks: In Banff and Jasper, you can explore frozen waterfalls on an ice walk, or spot elk, deer and wolves on a wildlife tour.
Go sleighing: In Banff, you can enjoy dazzling views of the Rockies from a sleigh or dogsled.
Skating: The glacier-fed waters of Banff and Lake Louise freeze over in winter, creating the most scenic ice rinks in the world.
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Tour Canada’s Rockies from £1,999pp
With everything from striking snow-capped scenery to quaint Canadian villages, this week-long tour shows off the very best of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the mesmerising blue of Lake Louise before taking in the unforgettable sights of Jasper National Park. You’ll stop off at the Columbia Icefield Visitor Centre where you’ll step on to the Ice Explorer, which will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. Explore the town of Banff, enjoy an after dinner chat with a retired Mountie, try out your skills at ice hockey and perhaps choose to take a helicopter tour of the Rockies. Click here for more details.
Tour the Rockies and Calgary Stampede from £1,619pp
This holiday combines “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, the Calgary Stampede, with stays in charming Banff and picturesque Lake Louise in the magnificent Canadian Rockies. You’ll get to relive the cowboy days of the old frontier whilst in Calgary, then experience the annual Stampede, which showcases the best in rodeo with numerous events like Bareback Riding and Bull riding, exhibits and diverse entertainment. You’ll also have a chance to take an exhilarating gondola ride over Stampede Park. After this event you’ll head to the wonderland of the Rockies to explore the delights of Banff and stay at the iconic Fairmont Lake Louise. Click here for more details.
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