Canada's Winter Wonderland
Find yourself immersed in a scene clipped from a holiday card in the magnificent province of Alberta in the winter. You’ll stay at two of its most incredible, historic hotels the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, a Victorian style lodge, and the Fairmont Banff Springs or 'Castle in the Mountains'. Travel from Edmonton to Jasper taking in the sparkling snow-covered landscapes. Choose between an exhilarating snow shoe drive/journey and an ice walk through spectacular Maligne Canyon. Dine in a downtown countryside setting and enjoy an Alberta beef barbecue. Set off on a horse-drawn sleigh ride before warming up by the fire sipping hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows. This is a magical time to get to know Alberta and discover its treasures covered with snow.
Discover the Canadian province of Alberta, a land of scenic delights that sparkles in the winter. Spectacular snow-covered mountains and magnificent resorts surrounded by natural wonders await. Your tour opens in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta
Sit back and relax when you travel from Edmonton to Jasper this morning. As you traverse this peaceful winter wonderland, every turn uncovers a new panorama. The quiet prairies will give way to the mighty Canadian Rockies, undeniably one of the world’s most extravagantly beautiful ranges. Arrive in Jasper and settle in for a 2-night stay. Tonight you’ll be treated to a special First Nations-themed dinner. Taste and experience what a meal was like centuries ago.
This morning it’s your choice! Perhaps you will choose to get close to nature on an exhilarating snowshoe drive/journey; or maybe you would prefer to embark on an incredible ice walk through spectacular Maligne Canyon. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Leave Jasper behind and travel to breathtaking Lake Louise. Follow the famed Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic routes. Connecting Banff and Jasper national parks, this well-named highway passes within viewing distance of many glaciers. A leisurely trip allows you to absorb the magnificent scenery. Your drive ends at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, an incomparable hotel modeled after a Victorian lodge.
Travel along the Bow River to the world-renowned resort town of Banff. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife tracks along the way. Upon arrival, visit a local ammonite specialist to learn about this rare gem found only in southern Alberta. Afterward, enjoy time to browse the quaint shops in the village. Later, arrive at the "Castle in the Rockies," the Fairmont Banff Springs. Settle in for a 2-night stay before embarking on a tour of this historic property, originally built in 1888 as a railway hotel for adventurous travellers crossing the Rockies. Learn about the famous people and events linked to this grand icon. Later, retire to your room with a breathtaking valley view.
Start your day with awe-inspiring views of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain. Take a gondola ride to the summit where you will savour breakfast with a view overlooking the town and the valley below. Then, relax during some leisure time in charming Banff. You may explore the heritage buildings, shop for unique gifts or visit local museums. This afternoon, set off on a horse-drawn sleigh* ride! Feel like you have stepped into a holiday card as you traverse the countryside. Next, warm up by the fire as you sip hot cocoa and roast marshmallows. Join your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip.
Make your way to Calgary Airport where you will catch your return flight to the UK