Most of us in the office have experienced the magnificent beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Start your holiday in Calgary (in July there is the famous Calgary Stampede), then travel to Banff, a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.
Move onto Lake Louise, a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by mountains and the impressive Lake Louise chateau! There’s a canoe dock in summer, and a skating rink on the frozen lake in winter. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features.
You can take a 2-day train trip on the legendary Rocky Mountaineer back to Vancouver from either Banff or Jasper. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies.
We often get asked when is the best time to travel to Western Canada? If you want to see the gorgeous colour of Lake Louise, experience the Calgary Stampede and have pleasant weather, then the Summer months are perfect. If you want to see the Mountains covered in snow and go skiing or even experience a white Xmas, then Winter is the go!