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.
Canada’s landscapes are primed for a hiking adventure and its many thousands of trails are fit for any age and ability. Whether it be heli-hiking in the mountains, or a gentle stroll around one of its many alpine lakes, no matter your fitness or walking preferences, there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
Canada’s formidable scenery is primed for discovery on four wheels. Roads skirt majestic mountain passes, shimmering blue lakes and endless wilderness making for a journey you and your loved ones will never forget. Whether its that of a sparkling ocean, a lush pine forest, a thundering waterfall, a craggy peak or a gurgling stream, there is a postcard perfect view awaiting at every turn in the road.
The soaring mountains and thick forests of inland British Columbia are a thrilling wilderness where hikers roam through flower-filled meadows and grizzly bears fish for salmon, but venturing to the coast provides just as much fun and adventure. Our specialists have handpicked their favourite ways to spend their days in Coastal BC.
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...
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper, Alberta & The Plains, Canada
Best for: Family, Spectacular scenery, Highlights
Located just outside Jasper, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a first-class hotel ideally positioned for adventures and exploration in the Canadian Rockies. Set on a peaceful lake, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is perfect for families and couples.
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With over 400 rooms and suites, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is one of the largest hotels we feature in North America. While in some ways it is not typical of the kind of property we normally recommend, nor indeed of most other Fairmont hotels, we feel is the best full-service accommodation in the Jasper area. Situated on quiet Lac Beauvert, five minutes’ drive from the centre of Jasper, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a comfortable base ideally situated for exploring the region, and works equally well for couples and families.
The lodge offers a variety of accommodation from standard and deluxe rooms to junior and lakefront suites. Each has a smart neutral décor and offers a choice of king or twin queen beds and all the mod con. Suites additionally offer bathrobes, a fireplace, sofa bed and, in some cases, a Jacuzzi. The lodge also offers nine signature cabins, all unique in style and size, scattered among the lodge grounds, with between one and eight bedrooms, perfect if you’d like a little more privacy.
Facilities at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge are excellent, and include a pool, spa, golf, tennis, biking, canoeing, horse riding and white-water rafting. The atmosphere in summer and winter is very different. Warmer months bring the chance to play the Fairmont’s golf course (mind the moose as you drive!), as well as superb hiking trails, kayaking on the lake, mountain biking and relaxing by the outdoor pool. In winter, the lake freezes over and guests can go ice-skating, head off tobogganing or enjoy a snowmobile or dog sledding adventure, while the slopes of the Rockies are a downhill paradise.
When to go
Alberta has a dry continental climate with warm summers and cold winters, making it a year round destination. The ski season is from December to March and the summer season from May to September. At any time of year you can expect the sun to be out. Winters can get cold, when the temperature can plummet to a bone-chilling -20°C. Summers tend to warm and dry, with the warmest months being July and August, where the temperature sits at a comfortable 25°C.
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Things to do
Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. Pass small sets of rushing rapids as well as calm stretches, which allows your guide to point out the natural and human history of the area.
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.
Ice Explorer Tour & Skywalk
Experience the power of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. Travel on an Ice Explorer onto an ancient glacier and hang mid-air on the Glacier Skywalk.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Calgary, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver
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.