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Saskatchewan and Alberta

  • Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Saskatoon, Regina, Cypress Hills
Saskatchewan and Alberta Saskatchewan and Alberta
£ 4495

Weaving through Saskatchewan and Alberta, this self-drive itinerary will introduce you to the natural highlights and historic charms of two of the most beautiful provinces in Canada.

An adventurer’s playground filled with mountains, meadows and turquoise lakes, Banff is the perfect introduction to the province of Alberta. From here you’ll head to beautiful Lake Louise, before making the scenic drive to Jasper. Here you’ll have time to visit the mighty Columbia Icefield, go river rafting and spot local wildlife such as bears, elk and osprey.

From Jasper, you’ll take the road (or, in this case, the VIA Rail) less travelled to Saskatoon, gateway to the natural splendours of northern Saskatchewan. Next comes Regina, the capital of the province and within easy reach of Wascana Park with its vast lake and pretty walking trails. Finally, you’ll spend some time in Cypress Hills where you can go zip lining and enjoy phenomenal stargazing.

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    Day 1-2 London - Calgary - Banff
    London - Calgary - Banff

    Your flight from London gets in at Calgary just after midday. You’ll pick up your hire car from the airport and make your way to the world-famous resort town of Banff. There is no place better to begin your Canadian adventure than in this region of turquoise lakes, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains – 25 of which rise over 3,000 metres.

    You’ll be staying just a stone’s throw from the heart of downtown Banff, within easy reach of the wondrous Banff National Park where days can be spent mountain hiking to impressive glaciers, horseback riding and white water rafting along the Bow River whilst keeping an eye out for elk, osprey and beavers.

    Stay: Two nights in a Rooftop One Bed Suite at The Moose Hotel & Suites – room only

    Day 3-4 Lake Louise
    Lake Louise

    Today you will head to Moraine Lake Lodge, spectacularly set in a valley on the banks of the beautiful Moraine Lake. A cosy, log-cabin style retreat, the lodge provides breathtaking views of the lake’s turquoise waters, as well as being a fantastic base for hikes and canoeing excursions.

    The nearby waters of Lake Louise are an astonishing aqua blue and amazingly photogenic. The quaint hamlet of Lake Louise, whilst small, offers some lovely restaurants and shops. In the summer you can go hiking, trail riding, rafting and mountain biking, but one of the best ways to see the area’s glaciers and lakes is from the air. From the vantage point of a helicopter, you will be able to fully appreciate the glorious scenery of Jasper National Park, Snow Dome and soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

    Stay: Two nights in a Cabin at Moraine Lake Lodge – bed and breakfast

    Day 5-6 Jasper

    Today you are bound for Jasper, a tranquil town located deep within the Alberta Rockies. The drive itself is incredibly scenic, featuring dramatic valleys, brightly coloured lakes and deep green woodlands. Pause along the way at the incredible Columbia Icefield – the largest ice mass in the Canadian Rockies – before arriving at your hotel in Jasper.

    There’s plenty of opportunity for adventure here amongst the soaring peaks, enchanting lakes and rugged pine forests of Jasper National Park, including fishing and paddling on serene lakes. You can visit the Patricia and Pyramids Lakes and explore nearby Maligne Valley, home to bears, moose, elk, osprey and eagles. Everyone will enjoy a gentle, guided rafting tour on the Athabasca River, during which you’ll learn about the natural and human history of the region.

    Stay: Two nights in a Double Room at The Crimson

    Day 7 VIA Rail, Jasper - Saskatoon

    Today you’ll drop off your hire car at Jasper station depot before boarding the VIA Rail to Saskatoon, arriving the following morning.

    Stay: One night aboard the VIA Rail – Sleeping Touring Class

    Day 8-9 Saskatoon

    Straddling the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is home not only to some of the friendliest people in Canada but a rich Indigenous culture, modern art and pristine natural landscapes. Venture beyond the city’s limits to discover the untouched and remote northern Saskatchewan, an adventurer’s playground studded with over 100,000 sparkling lakes. The sunsets in summer are astonishing, whilst the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis can be observed in the skies of winter.

    Stay: Two nights in a One Bedroom Suite at The James Hotel – bed and breakfast

    Day 10-11 Regina

    This morning you’ll pick up your hire car and make your way to the laidback, historic heartbeat of the Canadian prairies. Regina is an energetic place with a whole host of cultural, entertainment and recreational opportunities to make the most of. During your stay, you can catch a football game at the Mosaic Stadium, visit the MacKenzie Art Gallery and explore the city’s bustling farmer’s market. You’ll also find yourself just a stroll away from the true prairie oasis of Wascana Park, the largest urban park in North America at 930 hectares.

    Stay: Two nights in a King Room at Hotel Saskatchewan – bed and breakfast

    Day 12-13 Cypress Hills
    Cypress Hills

    The final stop on your Canadian adventure is the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park which sprawls along the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. You’ll be staying at a laidback resort within the park itself, providing you with the perfect base from which to explore this picturesque oasis.

    The park is best known for its rolling hills, some of which rise nearly 1,400 metres above sea level – the highest point between Newfoundland and the Rocky Mountains. The rest of the park is carpeted in verdant pine and white spruce forests, fescue prairie and wildflowers. You can drive around the park to discover various scenic viewpoints, zip line through the forest canopy, try your hand at rock climbing or take a tour of the Fort Walsh National Historic Site. The park is a designated Dark Sky Reserve, which means the stargazing here is exceptional. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Dark Sky Observatory!

    Stay: Two nights in a King room at The Resort at Cypress Hills

    Day 14-15 Calgary - London

    Today you will depart from Calgary Airport for your international flight back to London, arriving the following day.

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