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Canada / Alberta adventure

One of our Travel Expert’s Amy, recently visited Banff and Lake Louise in Canada for a spellbinding snow adventure.  Discover her top tips, recommendations and holiday highlights with our specially curated itinerary, inspired by her favourite experiences. Whether you want exhilarating off-piste terrain to challenge your ski abilities or a more relaxed winter experience away from the slopes, Canada’s vast and varied landscape has something for everyone.

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Nights 7

Canada /Itinerary

Alberta adventure

7nights

Day /1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive at Calgary International Airport where a private transfer will take you to Banff with an overnight stay at Fairmont Banff Springs for four nights.

Fairmont Banff Springs

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Sunshine Village - Skiers

Sunshine Village - Skiers

Hit the slopes and explore the vast mountain ranges at Sunshine Village. The area itself is great for groups with different ski abilities as all lifts and runs lead to a meeting point at the bottom. Advanced skiers will love Delirium Dive – it is one of the top 10 off-piste destinations in the world and not for the fainthearted. After working up an appetite on the slopes, Amy recommends lunch at Eagles Nest Canadian Bistro – one of the top 10 best ski resort restaurants in Canada. Fun fact from Amy about Sunshine – you can ski two provinces in one run! (Alberta and British Columbia).

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Banff - Non skiers

Banff - Non skiers

If you don't want to venture onto the slopes, downtown Banff has a wide range of stores, coffee shops, restaurants and museums. Or back at the hotel, guests can relax at the Willow Stream Spa or take a winter walk along the Bow River. A ride on the Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola is included, offering spectacular views of the town of Banff; further optional activities include a private Snowcat Snowshoe Adventure made famous by Hollywood blockbusters 'The Revenant', 'Inception' and 'The Bourne Legacy'; a romantic sleigh ride for two along the foothills of the Canadian Rockies or a Private Paradise Basin Snowmobile Tour that includes a spectacular walk to Smith Icefall.

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Mount Norquay - Skiers

Mount Norquay - Skiers

Visit Banff's local mountain, Mount Norquay – the training ground of Olympic athletes and the only one of the three areas to offer night skiing. A few more challenges can be enjoyed here with the option to shorten your ski day and enjoy the exhilarating eight-lane Tube Park. Fit in a visit to the historic Cliffhouse Bistro at the top of the ski area which was visited by Marilyn Monroe in 1953, during the filming of 'River of No Return'.

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Banff Upper Hot Springs - Non-skiers

Banff Upper Hot Springs - Non-skiers

Relax in the soothing and reputedly healing properties of the mineral rich waters at Banff Upper Hot Springs. A sulphurous hot spring discovered in 1883 by three rail workers, enjoy temperatures up to 47°C whilst watching the snow fall, or visit late afternoon to watch the sunset.

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Final day in Banff

Final day in Banff

Skiers can spend their last day on Sunshine’s slopes again – this is the biggest of the three ski areas so there is plenty to explore. Top tip from Amy – try out Mad Trappers Grill for a casual pub-style lunch or an après stop. Famed for its distinctly historical ambiance, guests can discover mementos and artefacts from years gone by. For non-skiers, a private guide is included for a bespoke sightseeing tour including a ride on the Mount Norquay chairlift. Other options include: cross country ski lessons, guided snowshoeing, winter hiking, Johnston Canyon excursion or winter wildlife spotting.

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Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Heli Tour

Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Heli Tour

Check out of Fairmont Banff Springs where you will be transferred to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Before arriving at the hotel, guests will go on a private tour of Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles. This was the highlight of Amy’s trip and includes a helitour over the Canadian Rockies and a scenic showshoe tour followed by a hearty Canadian lunch complete with Maple Snow Toffee. Top tip – capture an instaworthy picture of the renowned ice bubbles on the way to Abraham Lake. This wide open lake completely freezes over in the winter and in the process traps methane gas underneath the ice creating a spectacular visual display.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Lake Louise - Skiers

Lake Louise - Skiers

Spend the day skiing at Lake Louise, renowned for its spectacular scenery and unique views of the mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests. The layout of the resort allows all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair. The back bowl is a particularly popular area with challenging black runs and a scenic green run all the way down. Amy recommends lunch at Whitehorn Bistro for fine dining on the slopes.

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Lake Louise - Non skiers

Lake Louise - Non skiers

Enjoy a Private Cutter, traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride for two along the lakeside trail to the end of Lake Louise. Other optional activities include floodlit ice skating, Bavarian curling on the frozen lake, tobogganing, lakeside strolls, ice-climbing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and dog sledding. There is also the option for fully certified private guides to take individuals or groups on customized excursions, local sightseeing excursions, walks or hikes.

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Last day at Lake Louise

Last day at Lake Louise

Spend your last day on the slopes of Lake Louise, stopping for lunch at Kuma Yama for sushi at the base area. For non-skiers, a private guide is included for a bespoke sightseeing tour with options available to add cross country ski lessons, guided snowshoeing winter hiking, Johnston Canyon excursion or winter wildlife spotting. Amy recommends the Chateau Experience at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (included for your final night dining). Start with cheese fondue followed by an AAA Alberta Beef Chateaubriand for two and culminating with a chocolate fondue.

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Return home

A private transfer will take you to Calgary International Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your stay to 10 nights with 3 nights at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for a true Canadian lodge experience with ice skating on site and the second largest dark sky reserve in Canada. Enjoy a full day private sightseeing tour to discover Jasper’s renowned scenery and wildlife and a private Jasper Downtown Foodie Tour. For skiers we also recommend one day at Marmot, known for its superb snow conditions and empty slopes.

Price includes:

4 nights in a Fairmont Gold Room on room only basis at Fairmont Banff Springs, 3 nights in a Fairmont Gold Room on room only basis at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, return premium economy flights with Air Canada from London Heathrow, final night Chateau Experience dinner, private airport transfers, private transfer between hotels and fast Track Voyager service at London Heathrow airport, including meet and greet on arrival, assistance with check-in and baggage, access to the priority security lane (where available), guaranteed access to an executive lounge and escort to the gate in time for departure 

Skiers:

Ski Big 3 Lift Pass for 5 days, Premium Ski Equipment Package which is delivered and fitted at your hotel including slopeside assistance from rental technicians, admission to Banff Upper Hot Spring and Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Heli Tour

Non-skiers:

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola ticket, Private Banff Sightseeing (half day tour), admission to Banff Upper Hot Springs, Mount Norquay chairlift, Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Heli Tour, Lake Louise Sleigh Ride, and Private Lake Louise Sightseeing (half day tour)

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