Upgrade your winter wonderland experience with a stay at Fairmont Banff Springs
Upgrade your winter wonderland experience with a stay at Fairmont Banff Springs
Enjoy biking or hiking through the winter wonderland of Banff National Park
Enjoy biking or hiking through the winter wonderland of Banff National Park
Wintertime at Lake Louise; Sleigh ride around Banff; Cascade Mountain from Banff Avenue
Wintertime at Lake Louise; Sleigh ride around Banff; Cascade Mountain from Banff Avenue
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in wintertime; Experience snowshoeing
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in wintertime; Experience snowshoeing
The beautiful Rockies in the Winter
The beautiful Rockies in the Winter
Enjoy a sleigh ride in Banff National Park
Enjoy a sleigh ride in Banff National Park
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Photo coming soon
Ice skating at Chateau Fairmont Lake Louise
Ice skating at Chateau Fairmont Lake Louise

Banff and Lake Louise Winter Experience

7 nights from £1,679 per person Including Flights

Overview

We have created this holiday to showcase the beauty of the Banff National Park in wintertime. You will have the opportunity to try out snowshoeing, to enjoy a sleigh-ride, to be guided through an icy canyon with frozen waterfalls and experience the exhilaration of snowmobiling. You can also pick up one of the many well-marked trails for a beautiful stroll along the frozen Bow River and through the pretty woodland. You’ll fly into Calgary and enjoy an evening in this lively city, then you’ll be taken into Banff National Park, with four nights in the charming mountain town of Banff and then a couple of nights at lovely Lake Louise, giving you time to admire the breath-taking scenery and soak up the magical atmosphere.

This is a tailormade holiday so we can change the hotels, activities and duration to suit you. You won’t need to drive and all transfers are included*.

Departures 1 December to 7 April (Tailormade - JV)

Highlights

  • Enjoy a stay in the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and perhaps try out snow-shoeing or ice-skating on the frozen lake
  • Take a sleigh-ride through the beautiful countryside surrounding Banff
  • Enjoy a dip in the steamy outdoor pools at Banff Hot Springs with the Rockies as a spectacular backdrop
  • Perhaps take a guided walk through icy Johnston Canyon, with its stunning ice pillars and frozen waterfalls
  • Opt for a snowshoe tour, being guided by an expert through the beautiful winter landscapes
  • Choose a helicopter flightseeing tour of the majestic Canadian Rockies

Itinerary Overview

Fly to Calgary 1 night - coach transfer to Banff 4 nights - coach transfer to Lake Louise 2 nights - coach transfer to Calgary airport fly home

 

* Calgary airport transfers on arrival to your first hotel are not included, but it is a short taxi ride for approximately CAD $40

 

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  • Accommodation
  • Checked baggage
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  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Fly into Calgary International airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Stretch your legs with a stroll down Stephen Avenue for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants on this lively pedestrianised street. If you want to get into the Canadian spirit, then treat yourself to a Caesar – the official cocktail of Canada, invented in Calgary – a Bloody Mary with clam juice.

Overnight Calgary: Classic Hotel – Ramada Hotel Downtown; Deluxe Hotel - Fairmont Palliser

Day 2

Calgary - Banff

You’ll be picked up from your hotel to take the coach transfer to the lovely mountain resort of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies. Explore the charming main street where you will find quirky boutiques, cosy cafes and lively restaurants, all with the magnificent back drop of the mountains.

Four Nights Banff: Classic Hotel – Elk + Avenue; Deluxe Hotel - Fairmont Banff Springs

Days 3, 4 & 5

Banff National Park

You have three full days to enjoy Banff and its beautiful surrounds. We thoroughly recommend donning your walking shoes and picking up one of the well-marked trails along the Bow River and through the pretty woodland. There are lots of short strolls, but if you want to walk for an hour or so, then we recommend the trail out of the town to Surprise Corner, taking in views of the frozen river below, majestic Fairmont Banff Springs and the surrounding mountains.
Banff National Park It was established in 1885 when the hot springs were “discovered” and tourism began, and we’ve included admission to enjoy the waters of the hot springs into this holiday (open daily 10am to 10pm) Of course the hot springs were already well known to the First Nations peoples who had lived here for many many years. Banff is located on the traditional territories of the Iyarhe Nakoda Nations (Bearspaw, Wesley, Chiniki), the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut'ina – part of the Dene people, Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Mountain Cree, and Metis.

Another unique experience that we’ve included in this holiday is a tranquil sleigh ride through the Banff countryside – a lovely afternoon excursion.

There are also several other activities and excursions we could book for you – and all of these come highly recommended.

Banff Gondola – Ascend Sulphur Mountain for awe-inspiring 360-degree panoramic views of six mountain ranges.  At the visit centre there is an interesting exhibition where you can learn all about the local geography, geology and history, and there is a lovely café for drinks and snacks, and a very good restaurant.

Johnston Canyon Ice Walk - This guided walking tour leads you through the natural wonder of Johnston Canyon in all of its winter glory. You will take an easy walking trail along catwalks which  lead you to the frozen lower waterfalls and through a cave before your final stop at the upper falls, framed by gigantic ice pillars. (Includes ice cleats and hiking poles, hotel pick-up and drop-off, hot chocolate and maple cookies)

Helicopter Tours of the Rockies: Take a spectacular flight-seeing tour of the Rockies. We have two options to choose from – see the “Optional Excursions” tab for details

Guided Snowshoeing Tours – We offer two two-hour tours and both are suitable for complete beginners.
Paint Pots: Snow shoe along an easy trail through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots, a cultural treasure within the National Park. Here you will learn about the history of the fur trade as you explore the fascinating Paint Pots, which are mineral deposits once used by First Nations people for rock painting. After this crisp winter walk, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert and perhaps try a ‘crazy carpet’ slide down the hill while it’s being made. This is an excellent trip for beginners as it covers a mainly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain.
Lake Louise Ski Area: This tour will take you to the top of the mountain to experience a view previously only accessible to skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy the breath-taking views whilst certified guides show you how to use snowshoes, while sharing stories of the history, landscape and wildlife of Lake Louise.

Day 6

Banff – Lake Louise

Today you’ll be picked up from your hotel by coach for the short transfer to Chateau Fairmont Lake Louise. Take time to explore this iconic (and frankly huge!) hotel and then relax over a hot chocolate or cocktail.

Two Nights: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 7

Lake Louise

There are several activities included in your stay at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and you can choose these when you arrive, from ice-skating on the frozen lake to show-shoeing around the woodland paths, or you can spend time in the indoor pool, jacuzzi and steam room.
We can also book you an exciting trip out into the great outdoors on an “introduction to snowshoeing” tour. On this two-hour guided tour, you will be taken to the top of the mountain to experience the breath-taking views. Certified guides will show you how to use snowshoes while sharing stories of the landscape, wildlife and history of Lake Louise.

Day 8

Lake Louise - Calgary airport - fly home

It’s your last day, and after a leisurely start, you’ll be picked up by your coach transfer to Calgary airport for your flight home.

  • Return transatlantic flights to Calgary
  • Coach transfers from Calgary hotel to Banff hotel, Banff hotel to Lake Louise hotel and Lake Louise hotel to Calgary airport
  • Accommodation for 7 nights as described or similar on a room only basis
  • Sleigh Ride in Banff
  • Banff Upper Hot Springs

What's Not Included

  • Arrival transfer from Calgary airport to your hotel (a short taxi ride for approximately CAD $40)
  • Optional Excursions – go to the “Optional Excursions” tab for details and prices

Approximate from prices per person:

  • Discover Banff and its Wildlife Tour - 3 Hours – £50
  • Johnston Canyon Ice Walk with transfers from Banff – 4 hours - £60
  • Banff Gondola Ride - £40
  • Banff Snowshoeing to Paint Pots - £60
  • Lake Louise Ski Area Winter Scenic Snowshoe - £70
  • Helicopter Mount Assiniboine Tour - 35 minute flight - £250
    This helicopter tour offers a dramatic bird's-eye-view of Mount Assiniboine, towering over the glacier at a height of 3,611 metres along the Great Divide. Photographers will be delighted at the opportunity to capture this landscape of unspoiled glaciers and icefalls. Includes transfers from Banff to Canmore.
  • Helicopter Three Sisters Peak Tour - 25 minute flight - £190
    Tour Spray Lakes and Spray Valley, over forested slopes of majestic Mount Buller. The tree line stops well short of the summit, offering a dramatic view of the shale patterns rocky outcroppings of the surrounding mountains of the Goat Range as they tumble into the trees of the Spray Valley. Includes transfers from Banff to Canmore.

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Jade Pearson
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