Photographs struggle to do justice to the gorgeous alpine scenery of Canada; you simply have to see it for yourself, and this itinerary will take you to all the right places.
Your journey starts in the premier resort destination of Banff, known the world over for its mountain vistas and exciting outdoor activities. This is followed by the tiny settlement of Field and the surrounding Yoho National Park which, though lesser known than Banff, has its fair share of stunning scenery featuring hanging glaciers and the sparkling Emerald Lake. It’s also the perfect territory for hikers, canoeists and horseback riders.
You’ll have the opportunity to sample some of Canada’s finest wine offerings in the Okanagan Valley, or “Napa of the North”, an award-winning wine region peppered with fruit orchards, vineyards and over a hundred wineries. You’ll stop at Whistler, a world-class ski resort in the winter and adventure paradise in the summer, where you can paddle across a glacial lake and ride horses along winding forest trails.
London – Calgary – Banff
Upon arrival in Calgary, collect your hire car and drive into Banff where you will be met by astonishing views of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The resort town sits in the heart of Banff National Park, whose extraordinary alpine scenery encompasses 25 towering peaks, turquoise lakes and beautiful alpine meadows. You’ll also find therapeutic hot springs and the epic Icefields Parkway. For those who want to get out and explore, there are numerous hikes available, as well as horse riding tours and an excursion to see the mighty Athabasca Glacier.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe mountain view room at Fairmont Banff Springs
The quaint town of Field sits in the shadow of Mount Stephen, and is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Yoho National Park. The park’s defining feature is the Emerald Lake, a dazzling body of water circled by spruce forests and towering peaks. The Emerald Basil Trail winds through old growth forests around the lake, on which the faces of surrounding peaks and glaciers are reflected. For an even better view, consider a helicopter flight over the park.
Stay: Two nights in a lake room at Emerald Lake Lodge
The Okanagan Valley is known for its dry sunny climate, and is a real hub of activity in the summer months when visitors come to enjoy the countless sandy beaches, water activities and golf courses. It’s also considered a premier wine valley, boasting some 100 estate vineyards, so a tour of the local wineries is a must. Cool off by going for a swim in the Okanagan Lake.
Stay: Three nights in a one bedroom suite at The Cove Lakeside Resort
Now it’s time to take in the crisp mountain air, crystal clear lakes and lush forests that make Whistler so famous. This year-round natural playground is the ultimate sports arena. In the winter, you can spend your days on the slopes at the legendary Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, whilst the summer months bring superb fishing, golfing, mountain biking, white-water rafting, and hiking opportunities. Get up close to the mountains on an exhilarating Peak 2 Peak gondola ride.
Stay: Two nights in a one bedroom suite at Westin Resort and Spa Whistler
Vancouver makes for the perfect holiday ending, with its wonderful beaches, energetic streets and stunning 400-acre Stanley Park. On your last evening, you’ll escape by seaplane to Snug Cove, Bowen Island for a gourmet seaside dinner. Enjoy the ocean views as you dine, before hopping on a ferry back to Horseshoe Bay where a limousine will take you back to downtown Vancouver.
Stay: Three nights in an executive king with balcony room at Shangri-La Vancouver
Vancouver – London
A private vehicle will take you to the airport in time for your flight back to London.