Canada's Winter Wonderland featuring the Ice Magic Festival
7 days with Collette Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Edmonton, Alberta - Tour Begins
Discover the Canadian province of Alberta, a land of scenic delights that sparkles in the winter. Spectacular snow-covered mountains and magnificent resorts surrounded by natural wonders await. Your tour opens in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta.
Day 2 Edmonton - Jasper
Sit back and relax when you travel from Edmonton to Jasper this morning. As you traverse this peaceful winter wonderland, every turn uncovers a new panorama. The quiet prairies will give way to the mighty Canadian Rockies, undeniably one of the world’s most extravagantly beautiful ranges. Arrive in Jasper and settle in for a 2-night stay. Tonight you’ll be treated to a special First Nations-themed dinner. Taste and experience what a meal was like centuries ago. (B,D)
Day 3 Jasper - Choice of Snowshoe Trek or Nature Walk
This morning it’s your choice! Perhaps you will choose to get close to nature on an exhilarating snowshoe trek*; or maybe you would prefer to embark on an incredible walk around Pyramid Lake as you take in the beautiful snow-covered landscapes of the Rockies that Jasper National Park is famous for. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B)
Day 4 Jasper - Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise
Leave Jasper behind and travel to breathtaking Lake Louise. Follow the famed Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic routes. Connecting Banff and Jasper national parks, this well-named highway passes within viewing distance of many glaciers. A leisurely trip allows you to absorb the magnificent scenery. Your drive ends at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, an incomparable hotel modeled after a Victorian lodge and your home for two nights. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s great restaurants. (B,D)
Day 5 Lake Louise
Today you are in for a special treat. Your hotel is host to the international ice carving competition – the Ice Magic Festival. Spend the day watching the world’s top ice carvers in action. Stand in awe of the incredible masterpieces these artists create…they start with a huge block of ice and carve it down to include the smallest of details. It is a captivating site to behold. (B)
Day 6 Lake Louise - Banff
This morning, arrive at the "Castle in the Rockies," the Fairmont Banff Springs. Embark on a tour of this historic property upon arrival. Then, visit a local ammonite specialist to learn about this rare gem found only in southern Alberta. This afternoon, set off on a horse-drawn sleigh** ride! Feel like you have stepped into a holiday card as you traverse the countryside. Next, warm up by the fire as you sip hot cocoa and roast marshmallows. Join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip. (B,D)
Day 7 Banff - Calgary - Tour Ends
Travel to Calgary and head for home with many wonderful memories of your Canadian Rockies winter vacation.
All This Included
Find yourself immersed in a scene clipped from a holiday card in the magnificent province of Alberta in the winter. You’ll stay at two of its most incredible, historic hotels - the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, a Victorian style lodge, and the Fairmont Banff Springs or "Castle in the Mountains.” Travel from Edmonton to Jasper taking in the sparkling snow-covered landscapes. Choose between an exhilarating snowshoe trek and a nature walk taking in the beauty of the snow-covered landscapes of the Rockies. Dine at the incredible Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Attend the Ice Magic Festival and see the world’s top ice carvers in action. Set off on a horse-drawn sleigh ride before warming up by the fire sipping hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows. This is a magical time to get to know Alberta and discover its treasures covered with snow.
Edmonton, AB: Sutton Place
Jasper, AB: Sawridge Inn
Lake Louise, AB: Fairmont Château Lake Louise
Banff, AB: Fairmont Banff Springs
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