Luxury Holidays to The Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies region straddling Alberta and British Columbia is one of the most iconic destinations in all of North America. Everyone knows Canada is big country, and it doesn't get much bigger than in this dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, with the soaring peaks of Mounts Robson and the Matterhorn-alike Assiniboine thrown in for good measure.

And when visitors aren't gawping at the sheer majesty of the views, there are a whole heap of ways to explore the mountains, glaciers, ice blue lakes and hot springs of the region. In winter this is prime powder skiing territory with Banff one of the highlights thanks to three ski areas - namely Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise - some good value places to stay and bars and restaurants galore. Just 45 minutes away from the town itself is Lake Louise, with excellent skiing for intermediates particularly and dominated by glaciers and Mount Assiniboine. Finally, Jasper is the place to stay for access to the Marmot Basin ski region with yet more good value accommodation. The reason for these competitive rates in winter? Because summer is when these places really hot up and the hordes descend to enjoy trekking, mountain biking, riding, kayaking, white-water rafting, fly-fishing and wildlife watching for bears, caribou and elks surrounded by scenery even more awe-inspiring than when covered in snow.

The towns themselves (and Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise particularly) switch seamlessly from ski resorts to fun summer sports centres and there's a fairly well-worn route (for a reason - it's amazing) connecting them across the border in British Columbia with Kamloops - the gateway to Vancouver and the Pacific Coast. We can arrange self-drive trips through the Canadian Rockies or the famous overnight Rocky Mountaineer train that connects Vancouver with Banff/Lake Louise or Jasper.

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Lake Louise
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Visit the Famous Lake Louise

Lake Louise is far from being a 'hidden gem' and the crowds here may put some people off, but getting up early to marvel at the bright blue of the lake and the stunning mountains that surround it is well worth it. For the best views, hike up through the forest to Lake Agnes and visit its iconic teahouse for a cuppa and a slice of cake.

Banff gondola
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Explore Jasper and Banff

Head to Banff National Park and take a trip in the Banff Gondola to admire views of the town and the stunning mountain scenery; or head out on an evening wildlife safari to spot elk, mountain goats and maybe even a grizzly bear. In Jasper National Park, go white-water rafting down the Athabasca River, where you can travel more than five miles downstream through Class Two rapids.

Rocky Mountaineer train
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Take a Trip on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

A trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train is more than just a convenient way to eat into the vast distances in western Canada, but an incredible experience in itself. Spending time in the glass-topped viewing carts is a fascinating way to witness the ever changing views around you in the day and to gaze at the stars in the unpolluted black skies by night.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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