Alberta Winter Wonders Self-drive Tour
Travel 01 Mar 2020 - 31 Mar 2020
Book by 31 Jan 2020
Saving £285 per person
- 12 nights Alberta Winter Wonders Self-drive Tour, Western Canada - in standard rooms
- 13 days compact car with fully inclusive insurance
- Flights to Edmonton and returning from Calgary with Air Canada from Heathrow, accommodation throughout and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
in standard rooms
Day 1 Fly to Edmonton: On arrival collect your car and proceed to your hotel.
Day 2 Edmonton: At leisure. Edmonton embraces winter so there are no shortage of things to see and do. Perhaps head out to Elk Island National Park, as elk and bison viewing is at its best during the winter months. There are numerous city venues where outdoor skating is available with other winter pursuits also available just outside the city. When you want to escape the crisp cold air, visit the Royal Alberta Museum or enjoy some retail therapy at West Edmonton Mall.
Day 3 Edmonton/Jasper: Leave the city behind as you head west towards the Rockies and the easy-going alpine town of Jasper (226 miles).
Days 4-5 Jasper: At leisure. If you like the idea of some outdoor winter fun, there are no end of sporting options and excursions to fill your time, all with a backdrop of jawdropping mountain views. Wildlife is still very active so you may spot deer, elk and moose in the park and after dark, turn your eyes skyward for some stargazing.
Day 6 Jasper/Lake Louise: Set off for one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet as you travel along the Icefields Parkway. Winding along the Continental Divide the drive takes you through soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys. (144 miles).
Day 7 Lake Louise: Rent a pair of skates and glide along Lake Louise itself, one of the world’s most scenic outdoor rinks (usually from the first week in December). There’s nothing more magical than skating across the ice with the magnificent backdrop of the Victoria Glacier. Numerous other activities are available including sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skiing and dog sledding. Later, treat yourself to a steaming cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the incredible wintery views.
Day 8 Lake Louise/Banff: Perhaps take an optional ride on the Lake Louise Gondola, which offers beautiful scenic views across the Bow Valley on a clear day. Later, depart for the charming town of Banff (36 miles).
Days 9-10 Banff: Take time to stroll through the downtown streets of Banff and check out the many unique stores or stop in one of the cafes or restaurants for a bite to eat. There are also a selection of museums to visit or you could treat yourself to a spa treatment at the Banff Springs Hotel. Once again, there are lots and lots of outdoor sporting pursuits to enjoy and fabulous scenery to soak up. Talking of soaking, why not head to Banff Upper Hot Springs for a rejuvenating dip in the warm waters.
Day 11 Banff/Calgary: Follow the Trans-Canada Highway to the welcoming city of Calgary, a city that has small-town heart and big-city diversions (80 miles).
Day 12 Calgary: Visit the Calgary Tower in the heart of the city for wonderful 360 degree views. If you’ve not already had your fill of activities, perhaps hire a fat bike and explore some of Calgary’s extensive urban bikeways.
Day 13 Calgary: Return your car at the airport where your tour concludes.
Flights to Edmonton and returning from Calgary with Air Canada from Heathrow, accommodation throughout and prepayable taxes.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
in standard rooms
Stretching from Manitoba to the Pacific coast, western Canada offers a world of diverse contrasts, while Alaska is one of the most beautiful states in North America. This entire region offers spectacular coastlines, staggering and imposing white capped peaks, deep blue lakes, peace, tranquillity and isolation along with the opportunity to experience amazing wildlife.
This vast, incredibly varied region is a place that puts the great in the Great Outdoors; it's a place where astounding views greet you every day; it's a place where wildlife abounds; it's a place where the opportunity for adventure is unremitting; and, it's a place where even the cities are pretty special too.
Where better to start than the province of British Columbia and the beautiful city of Vancouver. Surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it has a great selection of attractions restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Two and a half hours from Vancouver by road and ferry lies Vancouver Island. Its capital, Victoria, has a quaint almost English feel about it while the island is bigger than you might think with walking opportunities, spectacular coastlines and whale watching trips available too.
Just two hours' drive north of Vancouver along the scenic "Sea to Sky Highway" is Whistler, one of North America's top ski resorts. Equally worthy of your attention is Clearwater on the edge of Wells Gray National Park and gateway to Mount Washington, one of the highest peaks in the Rockies. The relatively undiscovered and beautifully situated town of Kelowna is a great stopping off point and, being a wine growing region, has some alternative rest stops! Just north of Kamloops is the year round resort of Sun Peaks, which has a real alpine village feel plus hiking, mountain biking and walking opportunities.
In the heart of Western Canada is the province of Alberta, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Stretching along Alberta's western border, the Canadian Rockies contain a network of protected national parks that have collectively been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Alberta's gateway city is Calgary, an oil town best known for the Calgary Stampede – the rodeo and wild west show which takes place every July. If you plan to visit then, book early!
Jasper National Park is the largest of the mountain parks, where, in summer, you can take a ride up onto one of the glaciers. Jasper itself is an authentic old rail town surrounded by glorious views and is one of the stopping stations for the famous Rocky Mountaineer train. Banff National Park is joined to Jasper National Park and has the spectacular Icefields Parkway running through both. This is a land of dramatic high mountains, glaciers and untamed scenery while the old town of Banff itself is well worth a stop.
No trip to this region would be complete without a visit to Lake Louise. Famous for the chateau which sits at the lakeside, the landscape of deep green lake and snow-capped peaks is all you can imagine.
In the province of Manitoba and located on the shores of Hudson Bay is the town of Churchill, which is often hailed as the polar bear capital of the world. It's also a hotspot for whale watching, a birder's paradise and one of the best places to experience the Northern Lights.