Self-Drive in Western Canada
Some of Canada’s most glorious landscapes and fascinating experiences can be found in the neighbouring provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. If you are seeking an adventure which allows you to traverse through mountain ranges, alongside turquoise lakes and into the heart of the prairies, then western Canada can offer you everything you are looking for and more.
Many travellers begin their journey in Vancouver, Western Canada's largest city. This vibrant metropolis is a wonderful place in which to get a first taste of Canada. Vancouver offers an eclectic mix that is sure to charm any visitor – this harbour city is the perfect combination of old and new, nestled into the coastline with a majestic mountain backdrop and attractive parks and gardens. If you would like to venture outside the city limits, head to Vancouver Island to unwind on impressive sandy beaches and keep your eyes peeled for whales breaching the ocean waves. Stopping in Victoria - which is both the colonial jewel and the provincial capital of Canada - is an absolute must but be warned; a visit to the Butchart Gardens or the harbourfront may leave you unable to tear yourself away.
If you want to take a walk on the wild side, a visit to Alberta will get you right into the heart of the striking landscapes that Canada is so famous for. A magical combination of glacial lakes, roaring waterfalls, vast forests and snow-capped peaks, the province will provide one photo opportunity after another. Mountain towns such as Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff make ideal bases from which to tour the local countryside and take part in countless outdoor activities such as fishing, wildlife – watching, hiking, rafting and horse riding. If you would like to unwind after a long day of driving, there are world-class spas and natural hot springs at every turn.
Last – but certainly not lease - there’s the electric city of Calgary. Known as the home of the famous Calgary Stampede – continuously named ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’, this city will provide you with the perfect introduction to Western hospitality. Saddle up and put on your new cowboy boots – this is an experience you will never forget. If you would like to experience the city at a different time of year, there are always countless activities to amaze and entertain, from great shopping to dining, vibrant nightlife to sports.
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