Highlights of the Rockies

CALGARY | BANFF | ROCKY MOUNTAINEER | VANCOUVER 

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Calgary.

Stay: Le Germain Hotel Calgary (2 nights)
​DAY 2 Calgary

Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is a chic Canadian metropolis, buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage. Immerse yourself in that Wild West spirit at the annual Calgary Stampede, a 10-day whoop-up held each July that’s embraced by the whole city. Calgary’s cultural scene sizzles with its full spectrum of arts, and there’s serious magic to be found in the city’s ever-evolving culinary scene.
​DAY 3 Calgary to Banff
Drive Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes | Distance: 81 miles

On-route to Banff, we'd definitely recommend stopping in Canmore– more of a "real" town than Banff, but almost equally as scenic. And it's easy to drive through and take in the sights without sacrificing any of your time in Banff, as it's only about 15-20 minutes south. 

Stay: Fairmont Banff Springs (3 nights)
​DAYS 4-5 Banff National Park

The oldest national park in Canada, Banff is a beauty of an outdoor playground, and certainly doesn't scrimp on adventure – so much so that it can be difficult to know where to start. But don't miss a visit to the glacial Lake Minnewanka, be sure to rent a bike and cycle the Banff Legacy Trail, and take dip in the Upper Hot Springs, its temperature hovering around 100 degrees. 
​DAYS 6-7 Banff to Vancouver
Journey Time: 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior to Kamloops; then continues on the second day through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
​DAY​S 7-9 Vancouver

There are so many ways to fill your three days here, so to get you started, why not pay a visit to the Capiliano Suspension Bridge, the world’s longest suspension footbridge; take the skyride up Grouse Mountain for the best views of the city; or take an exhilarating 20-minute city tour by seaplane, ending with an exhilarating spray of water on touch down

Stay: Rosewood Hotel Georgia (3 nights)
​DAY 10 Depart Vancouver on your international flight back to London Heathrow.
​PRICES ​10 nights from £2,830 per person, including flights

 

Super, Natural British Columbia

VANCOUVER | WHISTLER | ECHO RANCH

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Vancouver.

Stay: Rosewood Hotel Georgia (3 nights
​DAYs 2-3 Vancouver

There are very few cities in the world that can offer a huge variety of outstanding outdoor pursuits, a breathtaking oceanside location, surrounding snow-covered slopes, and all the sophisticated amenities of a world-class metropolis, like fine-dining, shopping, museums, galleries, music and theatre. Which is probably why Vancouver was named Canada’s Top Destination in TripAdvisor's 2016 Travellers' Choice awards, and as the best place to live in North America (and number five in the world) in Mercer's 2016 Quality of Living survey.

Stroll through diverse neighbourhoods or relax on sandy beaches. Visit the aquarium, take a city tour or stroll around the seawall around the city's oasis, Stanley Park, or explore Vancouver's North Shore. After a busy day sightseeing, you can unwind and recharge at one of the city's unique spas then linger over a glass of BC wine and a delicious, locally-inspired meal.
​DAY 4 Vancouver to Whistler
Drive Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | Distance: 76 miles

No ordinary drive, your journey to Whistler takes you on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, one of the most intensely-scenic routes in North America. With the Pacific on one side and the mountains on the other, keep your camera handy!

Regularly appearing in all the right "Best of" lists around the globe, not only for its incomparable skiing and boarding, but also its hotels, fine-dining and golf courses, Whistler blends all the charm of an alpine village with the amenities of an urban centre – vibrant nightlife, eclectic boutiques and revitalising spas. 

With four days in this gorgeous pedestrianised village, your time here can be as adventure-filled as you fancy: take a closer look at the forests on a thrilling zip-line adventure; see the best of the scenery on foot, bike, horseback or from a floatplane or helicopter; or relax on one of the superb golf courses (the hotel has its own). If you prefer, how about an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip, or a 4x4 tour looking for Black Bears… it's entirely your choice. It's also a great place for families – ranking second in the Travellers' Choice 2011 Best Family Vacations in Canada.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort Whistler (4 nights)
​DAY 8 Whistler to Clinton
Drive Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes | Distance: 137 miles

Another scenic drive today, with views of the Cascade Mountains, Harrison Lake, Hell’s Gate and the Fraser Canyon, through Lillooet, (known as BC's Little Nugget and originally Mile 0 of the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail), and brushing the outskirts of the Edge Hills Provincial Park before reaching Echo Valley Ranch, at the foot of the Marble Range Mountains.

Stay: Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (4 nights)
​DAYS 9-11 Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Nestled away in a breath-taking natural setting, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa offers an experience unlike any other. Part ranch, part spa, part indescribable, this eco-friendly oasis is every bit as exhilarating as it is relaxing; every bit as wonderful as it is blissful. And then there are the horses, the border collies, the wildlife, trout pond, family-like atmosphere and farm fresh meals – made from scratch from ingredients grown straight on the premises. If you're anything like us, you won't want to leave.
​DAY 12 Clinton to Vancouver
Drive Time: 5 hours | Distance: 277 miles

Depart Vancouver on your international flight back to London Heathrow.
​PRICES ​10 nights from £2,275 per person, including flights & car hire

The Maple Leaf Trail
TORONTO | NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE| OTTAWA | MONTRÉAL

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Toronto.

Stay: Park Hyatt Toronto (2 nights)
​DAY 2 Toronto

With a ton of exciting attractions, live performances, major league sports and a festival for almost everything, you'll never run out of things to do in Toronto. Start at one of the observation decks at the CN Tower for a bird’s-eye view of the city to get your bearings, then head to the historic Distillery District for a taste of authentic Torontonian suds followed by a quick stroll over to St. Lawrence Market for the best Canadian fare. 

The city has it all covered when it comes to keeping the kids entertained, too, with attractions like Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre. And if the weather's on your side, it's definitely worth hopping onboard a ferry to explore the nearby Toronto Islands.
​DAY 3 Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake 
Drive Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | Distance: 83 miles

It may be a little off the Maple Trail but a side trip to Niagara is without doubt going to be one of the highlights of your trip.

Stay: The Shaw Club (2 nights)
​DAY 4 Niagara-on-the-Lake

There's an abundance of things to see and do in the undeniably-gorgeous Niagara-on-the-Lake (often described as the prettiest town in Ontario). It's the heart of Ontario's wine region and a haven of food, history and culture (in particular the world-class Shaw Festival theatrical works). But don't forget Niagara Falls is just 30 minutes away, which though highly commercialised, is still a must see. And after the thrills of the Falls, N-o-t-L is the perfect for sundowners over the lake.
​DAY 5 Niagara-on-the-Lake to Ottawa 
Drive Time: 5 hours, 20 minutes | Distance: 362 miles

It's a long drive today, so a nice way to break up your journey is a boat tour of the 1000 Islands from the town of Gananoque (about four hours or 260 miles into your journey). They offer one-, three-, and five-hour tours, the latter stopping at Boldt Castle, built in 1900 by the former owner of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City (though you'd need to leave Niagara-on-the-Lake early for this one). If you do though, and you'd like to walk around the island and tour the castle, you will need to clear US Customs, as this island is in American waters).

Stay: Fairmont Château Laurier (2 nights)
​DAY 6 Ottawa

Ottawa is a great city to explore on foot and two of the city’s absolute must do’s are Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal. Acting as the anchor of Downtown Ottawa, the three neo-Gothic structures of Parliament Hill are pretty hard to miss, with several areas open to the public, the most notable being Centre Block. 

Flooded with boats come summer, the Rideau Canal is a series of rivers, lakes and connecting locks and canals that form a continuous waterway from Kingston to Ottawa and one of Canada's newest UNESCO Heritage sites, with canal boat or canoe tours and hiking trails that highlight some of the areas beautiful sights. 
​DAY 7 Ottawa to Montréal 
Drive Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes | Distance: 119 miles

Not the most exciting or scenic of drives as you’ll be making your way through farming country – but on the upside, you get time to explore more of Montréal.

Stay: Hotel Le St-James (2 nights)
​DAY 8 Montréal

In Montréal, even a simple stroll is a journey through time, backwards and forwards, and every step is an opportunity to experience something different. Historic monuments intertwine with ultramodern structures, and the legacy of Expo 67 still lives on, from the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, to Habitat 67 – a landmark in Canadian architecture. Don't forget to check out the new jewel of urban design, the Quartier international, which displays an eclectic mix of old and new with striking skyscrapers nestled alongside heritage buildings (little wonder it was the first North American city to be appointed a UNESCO City of Design). 
​DAY 9 Depart Montréal on your international flight back to London Heathrow.
PRICES 8 nights from £1,695 per person, including flights & car hire

  
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BANFF

 

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

 

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