Easy sell: Winter wonderland
DAY 1: Arrive in Calgary, explore Calgary
DAY 2: Drive to Banff via Canmore – enjoy a day at the ski hills
DAY 3 & 4: Drive to Lake Louise, explore Lake Louise
DAY 5 & 6: Drive to Jasper, explore Jasper
DAY 7: Drive to Edmonton, explore Edmonton
DAY 8: Depart from Edmonton
On this seven-night tour between Calgary and Edmonton your clients will ride a gondola to the mountaintop, soak in a natural mineral hot spring, walk under frozen waterfalls, ski down majestic mountains, snowshoe through silent forests and mingle with bison, elk and maybe moose.
Winter in Calgary offers all the usual fine dining and shopping opportunities with all those cosy winter feels. Your client can get 360-degree snowy views with a trip up the 190-metre-tall Calgary Tower; take a Calgary Food Tour through historic neighbourhoods and taste the city’s best food; tour the Calgary Brewery or head to craft distillery Eau Claire just outside the city for a tipple or two. For a warming dinner, tell them to head to The Guild in the historic Hudson’s Bay building in downtown, relax in a leather chair and indulge in classic Canadian food like slow-roasted bison with prairie corn, huckleberries and birch sap glaze.
It’s just one and a half hours’ drive to this authentic alpine town, located amidst Kananaskis Country and its vast network of provincial parks. For a unique activity, book your clients in for a private 45-minute tour of the Yamnuska Wolf Dog Sanctuary to learn all about its friendly canine residents. Adventure-seekers will love an expedition with Canmore Cave Tours, passing millennia-old stalactites and stalagmites, ancient animal bones, pictographs and fossils. Above ground, an afternoon of dog-sledding snuggled under a cosy buffalo rug, or a tour of The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company are gentler alternatives.
Nestled in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park, the town of Banff is the perfect base for exploring its rugged ranges. Pre-book a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in the Banff Gondola for panoramic views of six mountain ranges and the chance to hike along the walkway to Sanson’s Peak to watch for wildlife during the day or stargaze at night. Recommend a walk along forest trails to the frozen Bow Falls, looking out for hoodoos and wildlife on the way, before taking a soak in the naturally hot mineral waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs & Spa. For skiers and boarders there’s Sunshine Mountain Village, which also offers guided snowshoeing and Norquay, which has a tubing park.
En-route, tell your clients to stop at Johnson Canyon and take the ice walk along the banks of the icy river for views of frozen blue waterfalls, snow dusted trees and boulders like giant Christmas puddings. The famous Lake Louise is known as the jewel of the Rockies and is even more magical in winter, as skaters twirl beneath hanging glaciers and the snow-peaked Rockies. The famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hosts the Ice Magic Festival with ice sculpture exhibition and runs horse drawn sleigh rides around the sparkling lake. Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the largest in North America and is consistently ranked one of the best places to ski in Canada.
The drive from Lake Louise to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenically stunning in the world – three hours of epic mountains, frozen lakes and the Athabasca Glacier. Based in the authentic mountain town of Jasper, Rockaboo Mountain Adventures has certified guides ready to take your clients on a wild tour of Jasper’s peaks, canyons and glaciers. Book in the Athabasca Glacier Experience to traverse this mineral-blue continuously moving frozen river of ice, or the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk to walk right into this natural ice palace. Jasper Planetarium and Telescope Stargazing takes visitors into Jasper National Park for a closer look at the constellations, planets and Milky Way in the world’s second largest designated Dark Sky Preserve.
With more than 30 annual festivals, the largest shopping and entertainment complex on the continent and lots of green (or white) space, Edmonton is a popular cultural stop. For a bird’s eye view of it book a Edmonton Regional Helicopter Tour and follow the River Valley as it winds its way to the city’s core, past the Fort Edmonton Park, the Alberta Legislature, Commonwealth Stadium and more. A City Segway Tour is a great way to explore on terra firma, from the River Valley to Downtown and the new Ice District. Just outside the city is Elk Island National Park where your clients can see bison on a guided prairie walk, search the dark skies for the Northern Lights and enjoy storytelling and snacks around a camp fire.