The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. In a day, you can witness grizzlies fishing for salmon, come face to face with a majestic moose and watch a breaching humpback whale off the coast. For wildlife photographers, the dramatic landscapes of Canada provide the ultimate setting whilst nature lovers are bound to be blown away by the diverse flora and fauna that awaits around every corner.
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A pristine wilderness on a scale difficult to imagine, Canada’s glaciated Rocky Mountains are a true adventure playground with a huge range of activities on offer. From hiking to horse-riding and of course wildlife spotting, there is no end of things to do. Here’s our lowdown on the top ten ways to spend your days in this grand region, which spans the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia...
The Canadian Rockies by Road & Rail
Calgary, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver
Best for: Highlights, Luxury, Spectacular scenery
This combination of road trip and world-class train ride starts with a scenic self-drive from Calgary through the awe-inspiring glacial landscapes of the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, before boarding the legendary Rocky Mountaineer train where you’ll receive the VIP treatment on route to Vancouver.
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A true bucket-list holiday, this itinerary covers the highlights of the Canadian Rockies, home to towering peaks and azure lakes and rich in wildlife including bears and moose. We think it is a perfectly paced itinerary, with enough time to savour and soak up the best of the rugged Rockies on an independent self-drive, before enjoying two-days of pure indulgence aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. End the holiday in vibrant Vancouver for city sights, and you’ve got the best of both worlds.
Day 1 - 2 : Calgary, Alberta & The Plains, Canada
Stay at Hotel Le Germain Calgary for 1 night
Start your holiday in the Rocky Mountain gateway city of Calgary, famous for the 1988 Winter Olympics, you may conjure up images of bustling crowds and Eddie the Eagle flying down the slopes, but today there is so much more to Alberta’s epicentre. Today, Calgary boasts many stylish hotels, shops and restaurants whilst remembering its cowboy culture roots, most notably with its city-wide annual festival, the Calgary Stampede every July.
Days 2 - 5 : Lake Louise, Alberta & The Plains, Canada
Stay at Moraine Lake Lodge for 3 nights
From Calgary it’s a drive into the Rockies, where we’ve suggested a few nights at the idyllic Moraine Lake Lodge, a remote wilderness lodge set on one of Canada's most stunning glacial lakes, and a fantastic base for visiting Lake Louise, canoeing on the peacock-blue waters of Moraine Lake, hiking the magnificent mountain trails or simply relaxing and feasting on the gourmet cuisine and serene views from your cosy cabin.
Days 5 - 7 : Jasper, Alberta & The Plains, Canada
Stay at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for 2 nights
Next it is a day to remember, as you’ll drive the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, flanked by endless glaciers and jagged peaks, we suggest stopping on the Columbia icefields for a guided tour, or for a real treat, take it in from the air by helicopter. Expect to see wildlife en route, including bears and elk, and at the end of a spectacular day, relax and unwind at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where you’ll spend a couple of nights. Whilst adventure awaits from hiking to rafting, you might want to enjoy the facilities at the hotel including kayaking on the lake, playing golf and tennis, or simply take it easy by the pool.
Day 7 - 8 : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Stay at Rocky Mountaineer for 1 night
From Jasper, you will embark on one of the world's leading train journeys on board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer. Travel through the clouds, lake to lake, mountain to mountain as you receive first-class service. The beautiful backdrop of Western Canada is on display and passengers can experience stunning Canadian landscapes first hand from the comfort of their own seat. You'll be staying overnight in first-class accommodation in the heart of Kamloops on this two-day, one-night voyage.
Days 8 - 11 : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Stay at The Loden Hotel for 3 nights
Arriving in Vancouver, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Vancouver is a wonderfully vibrant city, with beautiful mountain scenery as the backdrop to the cosmopolitan streets of Gastown, Davie Village and the West End. Known to be one of the best cities to live in the world, there are a wealth of activities to be enjoyed and an abundance of nature to be explored. Bike around Stanley Park and stop for a delicious ice cream by the totem poles, take the gondola up to the stop of Grouse Mountain or take an exhilarating Zodiac tour around the harbour and beyond, spotting bobbing seals as you go. We’d even suggest a day trip to charming Victoria on Vancouver Island by ferry or float plane, where whale watching, and beautiful botanical Butchart Gardens await.
When to go
The Canadian Rockies and BC are blessed with long summers to enjoy the great outdoors. May signals the start of spring, with many lodges just opening, and there can still be some snow at higher elevations in Alberta. June is considered the best month to visit for wildflowers, pleasant temperatures, wildlife coming alive and fewer crowds. July and August are the most popular months for travel. We encourage early booking to confirm preferred lodges. These summer months are fantastic for outdoor activities, including bear viewing throughout the region and whale watching and ocean activities in Tofino. Whilst temperatures throughout Alberta and BC are fairly consistent during these months (low to mid-twenty degrees Celsius), it is best to come prepared for all weathers in the Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer train only operates between the months of April and October to take advantage of maximum daylight hours. Moraine Lake Lodge opens at the start of June and closes at the end of September, however for travel outside of these dates we can recommend alternative accommodation in Lake Louise.
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Things to do
Attractions Trolley Tour (Hop on/off)
The Hop-On, Hop-Off City Attractions Tour is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more!
Discover Jasper and its Wildlife
This three hour wildlife tour is the perfect chance to enjoy spectacular scenery and learn more about Jasper's original inhabitants. Don't forget your camera! You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel. The tour takes place in the evening.
Maligne Lake Cruise
Alberta's Maligne Valley near Jasper epitomises the dramatic landscapes and heritage of the Rockies. Departing from Maligne Lake Dock, this 90 minute interpretive cruise travels 14 km down the lake through Sampson Narrows and onto Spirit Island.
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls
Visit the most treasured spots in the Canadian Rockies on this remarkable excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks. You will be collected from your hotel at 08:05am. The tour lasts nine hours and thirty minutes.
From $5258 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Full Board inclusive of beverages on Rocky Mountaineer train package; breakfast at Hotel Le Germain and Moraine Lake; Room only at Fairmont Jasper and Loden
Hire car and private transfers
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.