Winter Rockies Small Group Adventure

from £2215
excluding flights *
10 nights Jan-Mar

Overview

This small group winter adventure provides a comprehensive experience of the Rockies in winter. Travelling from Calgary to Edmonton, stay in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper and journey along the stunning Icefields Parkway. Revel in the spectacular scenery including frozen rivers and waterfalls, sparkling white mountain peaks and forests covered in a blanket of snow.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Sulphur Mountain gondola ride for views of the Bow River and surrounding mountains
  • Try ice skating on the beautiful frozen lake at Lake Louise
  • Enjoy snow shoeing through winter forest trails
  • Travel along the Icefields Parkway, passing silent forests, frozen waterfalls and icy glaciers
  • Keep watch for wildlife from snowshoe hares, deer, elk, coyotes or even moose
  • Visit the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve, where you can enjoy star gazing (weather permitting)

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All transportation and services of a guide
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride
  • Canyon Walk
  • Fat bike rental
  • Snow snow rental
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

The adventure starts in Calgary before heading to the mountain village of Banff where you'll have time to hike up Tunnel Mountain for views of the Bow River Valley and explore a cathedral of frozen waterfalls at Johnston Canyon, where nature creates new ice sculptures every year. Continue to Lake Louise to witness picture perfect alpine scenery with time to enjoy a snow shoe forest trail, or even ice skate on the frozen lake against a backdrop of Victoria Glacier.

You'll also have four nights staying in Jasper with plenty of opportunity for winter hikes, snow shoeing and hopefully wildlife spotting. Included is the opportunity to try out fat biking, with bikes that are specifically equipped to handle the snow and ice. Your final night will be spent in the city of Edmonton, famous for its many winter festivals.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp) Single Price
17 Jan 2021 10 nights £2,215 £3,410
31 Jan 2021 10 nights £2,215 £3,410
14 Feb 2021 10 nights £2,215 £3,410
07 Mar 2021 10 nights £2,215 £3,410

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All transportation
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride
  • Canyon Walk
  • Fat bike rental
  • Snow snow rental
  • National park fees
  • Services of a guide who accompanies the group on all hikes
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Calgary

Arrive into Calgary City. Transfer to your hotel. Later today meet your guide and the rest of the group for a pre-tour briefing before spending the evening at leisure.

Day 2: Calgary - Banff

This morning leave the high rise city of Calgary behind and travel through the rolling hills of ranch country to the alpine town of Banff. The first easy hike is up Tunnel Mountain for the best views of the Bow River Valley and Banff town and get a feel for winter walks in the mountains. In this 2-3 hour hike you gain 260m over 4.8 kms return. Your guide has suggestions for optional activities like a visit to the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs, or one of the museums and galleries. After warming up back at the hotel you can find out what night life in the busy little town of Banff is all about.

Day 3: Banff

Today Johnston Canyon beckons to be explored. Narrow catwalks built into the canyon walls allow walking right along the cathedral of frozen waterfalls with airy views into the gorge below where nature creates new ice sculptures every winter. Two or three hours hiking time brings a 120m elevation gain during the 5.2 kms return trip. Later there is time to try the thrill of sliding downhill on a tube under the night sky at Mount Norquay ski area, northwest of Banff.

Day 4: Banff - Lake Louise

Your day begins with a gondola ride (included) up to the top of 2281m Sulphur Mountain with views of six mountain ranges and Banff town nestled far below in the valley of the meandering Bow River. The Trans Canada Highway leads you through picture postcard scenery to the high alpine village of Lake Louise right in the heart of the Rockies. Why not try ice skating on frozen Lake Louise with Victoria Glacier as a backdrop and surrounded by mountain giants (rental skates are available).

Day 5: Lake Louise

Snowshoes are required (and included) for today’s hike along a forest trail to take in the view of icy Lake Louise and the giant luxury Chateau on its shores. If this 7 km hike with a 400m gain does not keep you warm, you can treat yourself to a hot chocolate in one of the Chateau restaurants. Cross country skis are available (for rental, and included) for those ready to slice through the snow on the trails along the lake shore.

Day 6: Lake Louise - Icefields Parkway - Jasper

The world famous Icefields Parkway winds it way all the way up to the immense glaciers of the Columbia Icefields and slowly back down into Jasper National Park. Snowy mountain scenery with glaciers, silent forests, frozen rivers and with luck some animals call for numerous photo stops and awe inspiring views. This makes today's spectacular 235 km drive a full day.

Day 7: Jasper

Winter sports don’t usually include cycling, but fat tyre bikes are ideally equipped to handle the snow and ice. This morning's cycle trip (included) takes you through winter forests and over ice covered lakes on bikes with tyres almost twice the size of summer mountain bike tyres. This epic winter sport allows cyclists to stay on top of the snow rather than fight against it. Perhaps the hotel's hot tub calls tonight to warm and soothe muscles.

Day 8: Jasper

Today's highlight is Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, with a depth of up to 50m. During the winter months this canyon lies silent and with crampons strapped to your boots you follow your local guide along the narrow gorge where icicles and frozen waterfalls decorate the limestone cliffs, you'll explore ice caves, fossils and towering frozen waterfalls stretching over 30 m high. This evening you might like to visit the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve where you can cap off the day with star gazing, free from any light pollution. If the clouds don’t co-operate, there is usually a hockey game or curling match to watch in town.

Day 9: Jasper

Planned for today is a snowshoe trek into the Valley of the Five Lakes, a quiet oasis where the snow creates a calming silence. Wildlife is still active in the winter so keep an eye out for snowshoe hares, deer, elk, coyotes or perhaps even a moose. This 4.5 km loop with minimal elevation gain offers a relaxing 2-3 hour hike. Among the fun options for this afternoon are a Downtown Foodie Tour where during a short 1.5 km walk you visit four restaurants, tasting four handpicked dishes paired with alcoholic treats and listening to local Jasper stories.

Day 10: Jasper - Edmonton

Driving east the landscape changes from mountains to forested foothills, then to prairie farms and cattle ranches. Arrive in to Edmonton early this afternoon, Canada’s premier winter city. From ice castles to flying canoes; festivals are alive in Edmonton throughout the winter and you'll have opportunity to experience how locals here celebrate winter. For those who want to leave the cold behind there are plenty of options at West Edmonton Mall, home to indoor shopping, entertainment and lots of places to eat under one warm roof.

Day 11: Edmonton

Enjoy the last of the winter fun before transferring to Edmonton airport for your flight home.

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