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Something for everyone - There is adventure in Alberta all year round!

Alberta is best known for its breath-taking Rocky Mountains scenery. However, visit in summer and you’ll find Banff and Jasper National Parks brimming with tourists eager to look at the area’s brilliant blue-hued lakes.

At this time of year, the parks are crowded and car parks full with many of the most popular bucket-list stops full by sunrise. Travel Alberta’s focus is to encourage visitation to the Rockies outside the peak summer season with travellers arriving to explore in shoulder season (late April/May or Sept/Oct) or preferably winter instead, thus helping their goal to sustainably manage visitation and also encourage responsible travel to the Canadian Rockies.

Why not top and tail a visit to the Rockies with stops in Edmonton and/or Calgary. Visit in winter for world-class snow sports and winter wonderland scenery and experiences such as:

  • Dining under the stars and new ‘Night Owl’ ice walk through Maligne Canyon in Jasper NP past breath-taking frozen waterfalls – launched 13 December 2019.

  • Road trippin’ through the Rocky Mountains amidst snow-capped trees and driving along the iconic Icefields Parkway – regularly voted as one of the world’s best road trips.

  • Undertake the Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours to see epic frozen waterfalls.

  • Try snowshoeing at night at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – come darkness, journey into the woods on snowshoes and enter a world of stillness and mystery. If the skies are clear, you might see some of the great constellations that wheel overhead: Cassiopeia, the Great Bear and Orion the Hunter.

  • Take a sleigh ride along the edge of frozen Lake Louise to feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairytale. Afterwards visit the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Ice Bar or take in afternoon tea for some winter warmth. Alternatively go ice skating on the iconic lake or try cross-country skiing.

  • Hit the slopes at one of SkiBig3’s resorts (Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort or Mt. Norquay) or try snowboarding at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park

  • Get an adrenaline rush on an inflatable snow tube at Banff’s Mt. Norquay Resort – it boasts Canada’s longest, fastest sliding lanes and offers a downhill thrill of a different kind.

  • Ramp up the luxury element of your winter adventure and see frozen Alberta from the air with a tour with Rockies Heli.

  • Go ice-climbing on a 30 metre frozen waterfall with Rockaboo Mountain Adventures at Maligne Canyon – no experience necessary!

  • Join Pursuit for their ‘Icefields and Ice Bubbles’ tour through remote David Thompson Country to navigate a winter wonderland setting to see the spectacular Cline River Canyon (featured in Hollywood movies like Togo) before heading to Abraham Lake to see the ice bubbles phenomena.

  • Visit Edmonton’s majestic Ice Castles in Hawrelak Park - this award-winning frozen attraction is built by ice artists using hundreds of thousands of hand-placed icicles to create ice castles with LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels. They’re only available in six locations in North America and Edmonton is home to the only one in Canada.

  • Combine a visit to Edmonton with a day trip to Elk Island National Park – this is Canada’s only fully enclosed national park and is the cornerstone of Alberta’s bison recovery story. Find it just 40 minutes from Edmonton.

  • Relax at the recently opened Kananaskis Nordic Spa at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.

  • Try fat-biking through a winter wonderland landscape such as a Goat Creek Trail or at Tunnel Mountain.

  • Visit Calgary’s Winsport to see the original bobsled used by the Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Olympics.

Get there: Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194) offers an 11-night self-drive multi-centre holiday to Alberta from £2,795pp based on travel in Jan/Feb 2021.

The package includes 11 nights room only accommodation in a suite (2 nights at Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, 2 nights at Fairmont Banff Springs, 3 nights at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 2 nights at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and 2 nights at Fairmont Hotel McDonald, Edmonton), return economy flights from LHR to Calgary and 4x4 car hire for the duration.

The price also includes a selection of winter activities (a day trip ice climbing with Rockaboo Mountain Adventures at Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park, snowshoeing at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a tubing session at Mt. Norquay in Banff). Cost is based on two adults travelling and sharing a room.


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