Alberta & Rocky Mountains holidays
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.
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 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.
Top itineraries in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains
Based in the pretty town of Banff, this tailor-made holiday includes a host of fabulous winter activities, including snowshoeing, guided ice walks, husky sledding, sleigh rides and ice skating. There's also plenty of free time for those who want to hit the slopes.
Compare the snow-capped beauty of Banff with Calgary's cowboy culture and the ever-changing landscapes of Alberta's Badlands on this tailor-made fly-drive holiday.
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.
Top places to stay in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains
This rustic mountain-style lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting just outside the centre of Banff.
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.
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.
Where to go in Alberta & The Rocky Mountains
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.
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.
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 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…
When to go to Alberta & The Rocky Mountains
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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