Alberta’s Winter Wonderland
Holiday Reference: 16505
There’s nothing better than a hot chocolate in front of the fire after a long hike outdoors in the snow. Try Alberta in the winter; take advantage of the great outdoors, the spectacular scenery – snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls and frozen Lake Louise. This is your chance to snowshoe, toboggan, skate and sleigh ride - The Rockies are truly magical in winter.
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Leave Calgary or Calgary Airport on the express service to Banff where you have ample opportunity to take in the sights.
In the afternoon, snowshoe on an easy trail winding through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots, a cultural treasure within the National Park. Along the way you will hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and travelled through the Rockies. After this crisp winter walk, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert.
Travel north along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper today. Massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys will be the highlights of this spectacular drive through glacier country.
An opportunity to view the wonders of Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead groups of no more than 12 along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep guests warm and secure as they explore this wonderland of rock and ice.
Today you travel southward via the spectacular Icefields Parkway back to Lake Louise. This evening, a wonderful 40 minute sleigh ride takes place beside the lake.
Lake Louise is the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies and one of the most beautiful in the Western Hemisphere. The lake, named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, daughter of Queen Victoria, is 1,730 metres above sea level. Spend the day exploring Lake Louise.
Mid morning depart Lake Louise, following the Trans-Canada Highway, depart the Rocky Mountains to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2,000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and Canada’s breadbasket. Arrive at Calgary Airport at 2.30pm. Overnight Calgary Airport Hotel
Check out of your Calgary Airport hotel and board your flight back to the UK.