Search for the Northern Lights in the remote town of Yellowknife, followed by a magical journey through the Canadian Rockies
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | Northern Lights | Winter
Experience the history of this gold rush town, while keeping an eye on the sky as you go in search of the magical aurora. Then head to the city of Calgary in the province of Alberta from where you'll begin an unforgettable trip through the spectacular Rocky Mountains to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, enjoying a number of exciting winter activities including a sleigh ride and a wildlife tour in search of moose, elk and wolves.
Day by day itinerary
Arrive in Calgary on a daytime flight from the UK and check in to your overnight airport hotel.
Stay: Delta Calgary Airport Hotel
Today you head north with a flight to Yellowknife, on arrival transfer to your hotel by shuttle. Shortly afterwards you will be picked up for an informative guided 1.5 hour tour of Yellowknife which includes a drive along an ice road. At the end of the tour, you'll be given your outdoor winter clothing before returning to the hotel. An orientation of your trip will be held this evening prior to your first Aurora Viewing. This evening, guests will be taken to a viewing point outside the city. Typically, there are curtains of white, blue and green colours in this natural light show. Treats and hot beverages are included tonight.
*All efforts are made to ensure guests see the Aurora. These packages provide successive nights of opportunity. On clear nights, there is almost a 100% success rate in viewing the Aurora. When the sky is overcast, viewing is difficult to predict, therefore we cannot guarantee that guests will see the Aurora at all times as viewing is very much weather dependent.
Stay: Capital Suites Yellowknife
Enjoy a two-hour tour of Yellowknife. The city quite literally has a rich history. Gold was discovered here in 1934, attracting prospectors and eventually settlers. The tunnels of the gold mines lie directly under the city's modern streets. More recently, diamonds were discovered just north of the city, assuring Yellowknife of a prosperous future for years to come. Highlights of the tour include the Old Town, the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre and the N'Dilo Indian Village. The following day is left free for you to enjoy the city and its spectacular surroundings. A further Aurora viewing session is included on the first evening, with warm drinks provided as you watch the skies from around a blazing bonfire.
Stay: Capital Suites Yellowknife
Fly south again to Calgary and transfer to your downtown hotel. Perhaps visit the Olympic Plaza in the afternoon, or book a table for dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Calgary Tower.
Stay: International Hotel of Calgary (Superior)
Join a schedule transfer for the journey through Alberta's rolling ranchlands to Lake Louise, a beautiful milky-blue lake, sunk in the Rockies at the foot of Victoria Glacier. Enjoy an afternoon in the spectacular wilderness setting of Lake Louise surrounded by towering peaks and snow-covered forests.
Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Superior)
Enjoy a morning sleigh ride along the shores of Lake Louise before heading northwards to the alpine town of Jasper. This scenic drive will take you past huge hanging glaciers, deep river valleys, waterfalls, forests and the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle. We've included an excursion to Jasper National Park the following day, where there's a chance of spotting moose, elk or even wolves.
Stay: Chateau Jasper (Superior)
Today begins your journey south to resort town of Banff, a charming resort surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies. There is plenty to keep you occupied an we've included a fun sleigh ride for a true alpine feel. A trip to the top of the Sulphur Mountain is a recommended excursion for memorable views of the surrounding landscape.
Stay: Mount Royal Hotel (Superior)
Transfer to Calgary airport in time for your flight home.
On arrival in the UK continue with your homeward journey.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- International flights from London to Yellowknife
- 7 nights accommodation at 4* hotels on a room-only basis
- 3 nights Northwest Territories package, incl. 3 nights 4* accommodation in Yellowknife on room only basis, 2 nights aurora viewing by snowmobile to a wilderness cabin on Great Slave Lake, City & Art Gallery Tour, Ice Road Tour & Winter clothing package
- Scheduled transfers between Calgary-Lake Louise, Lake Louise-Jasper, Jasper-Banff and Banff- Calgary
- Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour and Banff Sleigh ride
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