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Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

Alberta & Rocky Mountains holidays

Introduction

A spectacular part of The Rocky Mountains lies in Alberta and can be explored by train.

Visit the mountainous wilderness and spot grizzly bear, elk, moose and caribou in Banff or Jasper National Parks. Banff National Park was the first national park in Alberta and is the most popular, whereas Jasper National Park is larger and has more remote trails. Complete your Alberta holiday with a tour of Calgary bringing you back to modern city life.

Water Features

The spectacular views of Victoria Glacier on Lake Louise have earned it the reputation as ‘The Jewel of the Rockies'. Take a trip to Medicine Lake to witness its constantly changing water levels, due to a network of caves underground. Marvel at the waterfalls at Johnston Canyon or immerse yourself in the natural hot water of the Miette Springs.

Drives and Trails

Icefields Parkway links Lake Louise to Jasper National Park with stunning views of the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier. Side roads will entice you to the many lakes and scenic routes along the way. Discover a ghost town on a trail from Lake Minnewanka Drive or view the canyons and waterfalls on a journey along Maligne Lake Drive.

Calgary

Calgary is a vibrant city that maintains its ‘cowboy' reputation. The 10-day Calgary Stampede is packed full of rodeos, wagon racing and a large parade. Take a break from bustling city life with a variety of parks and botanical gardens or walk around historical buildings, art galleries and museums to soak up the culture.

Where to go in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

Jasper

The mountainous wilderness, snowy peaks and beautiful lakes are to be admired at Jasper National Park. Jasper travel offers tours up to Whistler's Mountain summit for fantastic views as well as many trails and water features to visit.

Lake Louise

Clear waters surrounded by snow-topped mountains make a Lake Louise holiday an unmissable part of your Banff National Park tour. The large Victoria Glacier floats on the lake's surface and this ‘Jewel of the Rockies' can be fully appreciated after a gondola ride up Mount Whitehorn.

Banff

A Banff holiday will see you explore the Rockies through the surrounding Banff National Park. Canada's first national park is home to a variety of wildlife, glaciers, rivers, and lakes, as well as drives and hikes for you to explore.

Calgary

Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and sits between the foothills of the Rockies and the Prairies. Calgary travel offers a great escape from the mountainous wilderness of nearby Banff National Park. Established in 1875, Calgary is a built up city that still retains old character despite the pre…

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When to go to Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

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The peak summer months (June to August) see the highest visitor numbers, especially during the Calgary Stampede, which takes place each July. Winters (November to March), when skiing conditions are at their prime, can also be busy. If you're hoping to make the most of the great outdoors, but prefer to avoid the crowds, head to Alberta in April or October, when you'll miss the coldest weather and benefit from the best prices.

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Top itineraries in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

Winter in the Rockies

7-day tailor-made journey

This is a great combination of winter experiences in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The dog sledding is a particularly great way to explore the snowy, alpine terrain.

Alberta’s Summer Sensations

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,995 pp incl. flights

This superb summer escape introduces you to the exciting cities of Calgary and Edmonton, followed by a journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular highways. Take in Canada's Rocky Mountains and the charming mountain resorts of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Northern Lights in Yellowknife & the Rockies

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,495 pp incl. flights

This 11-day tailor-made winter holiday sees you travel to north to the remote city of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories and Canada's most reliable location for spotting the Northern Lights.

Winter Rockies Tour: Vancouver to Calgary

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,195 pp incl. flights

This ten-day, tailor-made Canadian adventure takes you across the spectacular landscapes of the Rocky Mountains from the exciting coastal city of Vancouver in British Columbia to Calgary in the province of Alberta.

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Top places to stay in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

Contemporary hotel

This rustic mountain-style lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting just outside the centre of Banff.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Historic hotel

Built originally as a base for outdoor enthusiasts over 100 years ago the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise boasts one of the most memorable settings in the Rockies.

Calgary Stampede

Contemporary hotel from £685 pp

For a few thrilling days every July the worlds finest cowboys, cowgirls and bull riders descend on the Canadian city of Calgary which in turn showcases the best in western hospitality.

Moraine Lake Lodge

Contemporary lodge

Moraine Lake Lodge is tucked into a peaceful valley and is almost entirely self-sufficient, working in harmony with the beautiful landscape in which it sits.

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Special offers in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,875 pp incl. flights

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Stay & Play Offer - enjoy £180 per couple in added value
Book by: 31 March 2017

Travel only in daylight through the beautiful landscapes of the Canadian Rockies in style and comfort aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Calgary, stopping along the way at some of this breathtaking region's favourite destinations, including Kamloops, Banff and gorgeous Lake Louise.

Alaska Voyage and Rockies Train

19-day cruise & train tour from £7,595 pp incl. flights

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Special tailor-made cruise and stay

Enjoy a 10-night all-inclusive luxury Alaskan cruise followed by a Taste of the Rockies train tour on Gold Leaf standard

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Circle Tour (2017 Route)

14-day luxury rail journey from £4,565 pp incl. flights

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Summer 2017: Bonus of up to £350 per couple in added value
Book by: 31 March 2017

Travel in style through Canada's mighty Rockies aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, which passes through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world.

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Best of Canada's Winter Destinations

Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.

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