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Alberta

Alberta

With spectacular scenery and the highest number of sunny days in Canada, Alberta is a fantastic destination

If you’re looking for dramatic landscapes with beautiful lakes and mountains, few destinations can equal Alberta. From skiing and hiking in Lake Louise to travelling on the streetcar in the capital city of Edmonton, there’s something for everyone.

The Canadian Rockies is a huge area with fabulous scenery and good snow making it wonderful place for outdoor adventures.  The two main resorts in Alberta – Lake Louise and Banff, are very popular with British holidaymakers. It’s easy to travel between the two as they are just 45 minutes apart and they’re a great base for taking day trips to other resorts such as Kicking Horse and Panorama.  There are regular ski buses between Banff and Lake Louise which also stop at the other skiing areas of Sunshine Village,  Mount Norquay and Nakiska which was purpose built for the Winter Olympics in 1988.

Banff has hot springs, amazing restaurants, good accommodation choices and plenty of shopping opportunities along Banff Avenue.  For a view with a difference, taking the Banff Gondola to the “top of the world” – it only takes 8 minutes and you will experience 360 degree panoramic views of Banff and the Bow Valley.

Other activities in this area include snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating and fun and memorable ice canyon walks.

If you’re not a fan of skiing (or cold weather!), you’ll find this area still has plenty to offer during the summer months. Perhaps visit as part of a tour and book a trip on board the Rocky Mountaineer train travelling across North America visiting Vancouver, Whistler and many more areas.

We would also recommend taking a trip into Calgary where there is plenty to keep you occupied including museums, Olympic park tours, the zoo, SpacePort, the Calgary Tower and Stampede Park.

At Designer Travel, we can build your bespoke holiday tailored to your tastes and budget and seek out the best options to ensure that your holiday to Alberta is exactly what you want.  If you’re unsure whether Alberta is right for you, one of our experienced travel experts with knowledge of this wonderful destination will be more than happy to spend time chatting to you about it.

We are ABTA bonded and independent so we have access to a huge choice of suppliers, flights and accommodation options.  Bespoke itineraries are our specialty so don’t worry if you want a multi centre holiday, an activity break or a stay that’s longer than the usual one or two weeks – it’s not a problem.

To get your holiday enquiry started, please complete the enquiry form or give us a call – we’ll be delighted to help.

Key Highlights
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the emerald green waters of Lake Minnewanka
  • Take a trip on board the famous Rocky Mountaineer train
  • We recommend the scenic cable car ride on the Banff Gondola which takes you to the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain
  • The Tunnel Mountain Trail is great for hikers – stunning views!
  • Drive along the amazingly scenic Icefields Parkway
  • Bus and rail services operate in Alberta but one of the best ways to get around is by hiring a car
  • An amazing way to see things from a unique perspective is to take a glacier helicopter tour
  • The Rimrock Resort Hotel enjoys a stunning location in Banff

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT -6 hours

Currency: Canadian Dollar

Climate Information

Summer temperatures average 23°C with highs of 30°C. In the coldest months of January and February, you can expect an average low of -10°C, with temperatures falling as low as -40°C.

Annual rainfall is between 12 and 24 inches per year, with a snowfall of up to 30 feet in the Canadian Rockies.

Leisure & Activities

Lake Louise
The largest ski resort in Alberta, Lake Louise, is ideal for travellers with all levels of skiing experience. If you’re not a skier, there’s still plenty to see and do with spectacular views of the lake and Victoria Glacier. You could also take the opportunity to try your hand at hiking as there are plenty of hiking trails up to Lake Agnes.

Edmonton
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta Province and it's a fascinating city to visit. Situated on the North Saskatchewan River, it has many museums, activities and cultural events. One of the more unusual activities is to travel on the High Level Bridge Streetcar, which is a beautifully restored vintage tram that offers fantastic views over the Edmonton River Valley.

Jasper National Park
Situated in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is an immense wilderness with huge lakes, glaciers and spectacular mountains. It’s the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and offers visitors the chance to experience stunning scenery with hiking on organised trails or by hiring a bicycle.

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