Winter in the Rockies
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Stop off at perennial favourites such as Banff and Jasper, and have the chance to admire the lofty peaks from the air, from a sleigh, on foot, on skis and from a dog sled. And when not out exploring, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the cosy winter atmosphere over a hot chocolate or two.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Fly high above the Rocky Mountains on a scenic helicopter tour of Banff
- Get romantic on a magical sleigh ride through the snow
- Ride a snowmobile through Lake Louise’s spectacular scenery
- Set off on a thrilling dog sledding trip along the Continental Divide
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- Indirect international flights
- 6 nights in 4–5* hotels
- Banff helicopter tour
- Sleigh ride in Banff
- Lake Louise snowmobile tour
- All transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Calgary International Airport (YYC)
- Time difference: GMT-6
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), available online.
- Language: English, French
- Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD)
- Flying time from UK: around 9 hours direct
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
Fly from UK to Calgary
Call in at the Yamnuska Wolf Dog Sanctuary to learn more about these marvellous creatures, then join a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rockies, where you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular lake and mountain views you’ll ever set eyes upon. A stop in delightful Canmore is recommended too. Here, have a go at fat biking on the snow, catch an ice hockey game or take it easy with a wander around town, before spending the night in Banff.
5* Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff helicopter tour Sleigh ride in Banff
Get your skis on and hit the powder or, if skiing’s not for you, perhaps try tubing or ride the Lake Louise Gondola for fabulous mountain views. Alternatively, really take it easy with a soak in the Hot Springs or your hotel’s hot tub. Finish the day with a thrilling snowmobile ride through the beautiful scenery, finished off with hot chocolate and a cookie at the top of a mountain.
5* Fairmont Lake Louise
Lake Louise snowmobile tour
Later, follow the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Jasper, no doubt making copious photo stops along the way. Once in Jasper spend two days exploring the lakes, canyons and (frozen) waterfalls or, if you’d prefer to take it easy, spend some time admiring the spectacular night sky or stop for a drink in the cosy Jasper Brew Pub.
4.5* The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Dogsledding in Lake Louise
Call in at Elk Island Provincial Park for a chance to spot bison, or come at night to stargaze – this is a designated Dark Sky Preserve after all. Before you leave, satisfy your skiing cravings at Canyon Ski Resort or perhaps shop for souvenirs at West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America.
4* Fairmont Hotel MacDonald