Your gateway to adventure, Western Canada's national parks and wildlife are within easy reach and larger than life. From classy coastal cities like Victoria and Vancouver, head into the Rockies. A breathtaking alpine backdrop, traversed effortlessly by the Rocky Mountaineer train, where Lake Louise dazzles, Fairmont properties delight and resorts including Whistler, Banff and Jasper offer endless outdoor entertainment.
Alberta’s Athabasca Glacier spills out from the giant Columbia Icefield and can be experienced in all its glory aboard an exhilarating Ice Explorer ride. It's one thing to confront a glacier up close it's quite another to journey onto its icy surface.
Over a 100 years ago, when the Butchart family began constructing their garden from the remains of a quarry, it's unlikely they envisaged the world-renown the Butchart Gardens enjoy today. Wander through their Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Sunken Garden and you'll soon discover why.
No visit to the Rockies is complete without a stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where this iconic property owns its prime lake-shore position. Views across the lake's famously azure waters, out to Banff National Park beyond, are best enjoyed from a window-seat in this nostalgically elegant hotel.
For an intimate stay, nestled on lake shores surrounded by spruce-clad peaks, Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park ticks all the boxes. Cosy up around century-old fireplaces and admire wilderness views across the impossibly azure lake, from the comfort of this historical timber property.
At the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, hear stories of the hunters and gathers who traditionally inhabited the land. Sit down to a menu inspired by traditional First Nations' food and enjoy a cultural performance by a world-renowned performance team.