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Canada & Alaska - Winter Travel

Step out and meet winter face to face in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Imagine your next ski holiday, flying down the mountainside against a backdrop of white peaks ablaze with sunshine, ice glittering on the evergreens. Slice through amazing powder as you cut fresh lines on the slopes. Both cat-skiing and heli-skiing were pioneered in the Kootenay Rockies region, which is also home to some of the best snowmobiling terrain in the world.

Incredible cross-country skiing terrain, dog-sledding fun and snowshoeing excursions are just a few of the winter experiences you can have. Let us share this beautiful winter playground with you.

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Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) Prices From: $1,019

Explore the Best that the Rockies have to offer in the winter. Experience new adventures every day by joining our fully guided tours and relax at night by the fire while enjoying some outstanding cuisine in the jewels of the Alberta Rockies - Banff and Jasper.

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights) Prices From: $649

Drive from Calgary to Banff to see the Magic of the Rockies in the Winter. Enjoy skiing or snowboarding, dog-sledding and an incredible ice walk.

Alaska offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences unrivaled by any other destination in the world. Known as America’s “Last Frontier”, Alaska is home to some of the largest national parks and forests in the U.S. The rugged wilderness, breathtaking views, and wild adventures will entice you to return and experience something new each time. From world-class fishing, to endless outdoor activities year-around, to viewing wildlife first-hand in its natural habitat, there is something for everyone in the family in Alaska.

Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscape and experiences. Filled with unique activities, urban charms and cultural jewels. Dazzling peaks, ancient glaciers, turquoise lakes and Banff and Jasper national parks define Alberta’s iconic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Along the province’s southern rolling foothills, visitors can discover the rich culture of First Nations communities. To the east, the red-hued Canadian Badlands where dinosaur adventures abound. This province is more than just a place to visit; it is a place to truly experience.

British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance. Where glaciated mountains stand over an unruly Pacific. Rainforests wrap cities. Nature shapes culture. The wild breathing life back into the wild within.This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained ancient societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness, and won’t let go. People visit and live in BC to be within arm’s reach of nature’s richness. To ski world-renowned resorts, surf Pacific swells, swim in clear mountain lakes, hike to a glacier and back in a day. And all that activity breathes energy into British Columbia's culture of hospitality.

There is no experience quite like Manitoba. There is nothing like feeling your heart race as a polar bear strides silently mere metres away. Nowhere else holds the absolute calm of Manitoba’s many fly-in fishing lodges. Nothing thrills like immersing yourself in the different worlds that Winnipeg, our capital city has to offer. Here, our many cultures are ready to welcome you. Canada’s heart beats here. Let yours beat with it.

New Brunswick’s three unique coastlines, miles of untouched nature and panoramic views will capture hearts and camera lenses, alike. The bustling cities and charming villages each adorn unique culture and authentic cuisine. The infectious Acadian “joie de vivre” gets toes tapping. The Bay of Fundy is home to multiple UNESCO biosphere reserves and the highest tides in the world. These are best experienced at the famous Hopewell Rocks; where you can walk the ocean floor and 6 hours later, kayak the tides that have risen over four stories high.

Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the most easterly edge of North America. This is where the sun rises first and where Vikings landed over 1,000 years ago. This place is home to the oldest settlement and the oldest city in North America, but is the youngest province of Canada. A vast land, with a relatively small population, Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Here, you can immerse yourself in wilderness solitude one day and embrace a vibrant culture at the cutting edge of the contemporary western world the next.

Create a Magical Northern Adventure in the Northwest Territories. View awesome displays of Northern Lights at midnight in autumn and winter. Fish for world class trophies on one of our super-sized lakes in the long days of northern summer. Or you could drive across the Arctic Circle to the amazing Mackenzie Delta, on the Dempster Highway.

Nova Scotia is home to stunning natural beauty, an exciting and diverse culture, a rich heritage and breathtaking experiences. With iconic sites such as Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Halifax Citadel, Halifax’s star-shaped fortress, the Cape Breton Highland’s Skyline Trail, located along the Cabot Trail and our newest UNESCO Site, the Landscape of Grand Pré, in the Annapolis Valley, there is no shortage of world-class attractions to explore.

The breathtaking four-seasonal palette of Ontario's vast wilderness, endless forests and abundant wildlife, awaits. Whether you want to reconvene with nature or lose yourself in the excitement of the most multiculturally diverse and socially cohesive region on Earth, you've come to the right place. Let Ontario surprise you with the striking beauty of her scenery and welcome you with the warmth of her people.

Prince Edward Island is one of Canada's premier vacation destinations and a truly unique location for visitors. The coastline offers some of the most stunning vistas in the world. The rolling green hills and scenic farmland keep visitors’ cameras busy as they explore unspoiled beauty. Whether it’s a relaxing day on the beach, a sea kayaking adventure, a round of golf, or an evening at the theatre there is something for everyone. Once visitors have worked up an appetite, local cuisine is everywhere. Visitors can enjoy the bounty of the land or impossibly fresh lobsters, oysters, and mussels at cafés and restaurants throughout the island.

Discover Québec ... an immense province that occupies the northeastern-most corner of North America, unique for its history, language and culture. A place of freedom and creativity at the crossroads of the Old and the New World, where tradition and innovation combine with a contagious energy and joie de vivre! Discover an exceptional destination, four distinct seasons, an incredible natural heritage, an enriching human experience. Multi-faceted geography, diverse landscapes, vegetation and climate, and a rich history spanning five centuries, from colonial regime to the present-day challenge of maintaining the cultural vitality of this unique culture in North America!

Saskatchewan is one big, beautiful place. Land and sky are ever-present influences. Nature is always in your backyard. Overhead, dramatic “Living Skies” command attention. Sunsets reveal colours rarely seen. Brilliant sunshine prolongs summer days and warms the chill of winter. Night skies (some of the darkest in North America) showcase the infinite wonders of the cosmos.The hospitality here is second-to-none. Visitors are immediately made to feel like part of the community, like a member of the family. No matter what part of Saskatchewan you choose to explore, no matter how long you decide to stay, the essence of this place will make a memorable impression.

Canada’s Yukon is world renowned as a legendary land filled with Klondike Gold Rush history, pristine wilderness and natural phenomena, like the midnight sun and the northern lights. The territory is also blessed with teeming wildlife, mighty heritage rivers, and a unique arts and culture that speak to the people who are drawn by the spirit of the north. Home of Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, this magical territory offers a larger than life experience to its visitors.

Skiing & Snowboarding

In Alberta Ski the famed Big Three resorts in Banff National Park. One tri-area lift ticket gets you Mount Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village – all just an hour and a half west of Calgary International Airport. Also always a crowd pleaser, Nakiska is only 45 minutes west of Calgary. Head a little farther north to Jasper National Park to ski Marmot Basin.

British Columbia has terrific skiing and snowboarding resorts throughout the province as well as backcountry skiing opportunities in national and provincial parks.

Whistler Blackcomb is one of the top-rated ski resorts in North America and was the host mountain resort of the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. For some of the world's best powder and heli-skiing, head to the Bugaboos in the Kootenay Rockies region.

Other Winter Excursions

The possibilities are endless! From snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice climbing or just relaxing by a warm fire with your family, we have it all. Enjoy the silence of the surrounding forests while snowshoeing on or off the tracks. Mush your way through the snowy wilderness on a dog-sled tour or for something authentic and unique get hooked on ice-fishing.

If you are a little more adventurous and want to access untouched, remote alpine terrain we recommend heli-skiing. You can find consistent snowfalls, cool temperatures, epic descents and untouched powder. Want to hit the slopes but snowboarding and skiing just isn’t your thing? Try tubing down the hill. This is great fun option for families!

There are also events and competitions all winter long across Western Canada so we encourage you to get involved and ask us about what fun you might be able to join in or watch while you are on vacation. A festival not to be missed is the Jasper Dark Sky Festival during the month of October. Jasper's Dark Sky invites stargazing adventurers to get lost in the wonder of one of the world's largest dark sky preserves. As daylight hours begin to recede, October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival, an ever-growing celebration aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond.

Rental Equipment

At all major Ski hills they have facilities where you can rent equipment at an additional charge. If you do not want to rent equipment and are going to bring you own that’s no problem either! Just let us know so we can set you up with accommodation that has a warm place to store it. If you are looking to do any off the beaten track activities let us know during the quoting stage and we can direct you to rental locations in town.

Holiday Magic

With snow and the holidays Western Canada truly feels magical. Join in on many of the holiday celebrations for something a little extra special on your trip. In Banff experience the Santa Claus Parade of lights or visit the Christmas market where the mountains come alive with holiday spirit unparalleled to anywhere else. Sweet, serenading carollers get you in the holiday spirit, sparkling lights line the streets and Snowy peaks paint the mesmerizing background for outdoor skating rinks.

Dress like Santa and Ski for free in Whistler or enjoy some free entertainment every Sunday night in the Whistler Village by watching Whistlers best skiers and riders hit a big air jump through a blazing ring of fire. Whistler during Christmas and New Year’s is a truly magical experience. Twinkling lights, snow-laden trees, jingling sleigh bells and a roaring fireplace are all staples here. 

Let us share the holiday magic with you these holidays.

What to pack

Winter in Western Canada does drop below freezing and being on the mountain can be a little colder. We suggest packing plenty of layers, a heavy coast, warm hat, gloves and mittens. If you are planning on getting on the slopes remember to wear water resistant clothing as your top layer. Always bring sunglasses and sunscreen to provide protection from strong sunlight

Transportation

Transportation is simple. We can set you up with a rental car which has winter tires or you can let us organize all the transfers for you. Transfer pick up from major airports and major central hotels. Please call us for more information on getting around while you are in Western Canada during the Winter.

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