The gateway cities of Edmonton and Calgary. Internationally acclaimed resorts like Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise and Waterton. They all combine astonishing scenery with modern sophistication. Contrasting neatly with the prehistoric treasures found at Drumheller.
Sometimes a vacation is as much about how you travel, as where you visit. That is certainly true if you journey by rail to Jasper or Banff. Take either the Rocky Mountaineer or The Canadian-Via Rail from Vancouver and you’ll experience one of the world’s great, classic rail journeys; a ‘must-do-before-you-die’ for railroad enthusiasts and a complete parade of spectacular scenery for collectors of epic experiences.
Then you arrive. Alberta’s sparkling capital Edmonton boasts North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, including a giant water park, over 800 shops, more than 110 places to eat, 21 cinemas, a casino, a man-made lake, amusement park, two mini-golf courses…
And, of course, you can stampede into Calgary. More than a million people do every year, to be thrilled by a huge parade and the most famous rodeo in the world. Surely one of the major highlights on your luxury, tailor-made vacation to Canada? And you still have Banff National Park with its therapeutic hot springs and glacier tours to come. Plus a whole range of outdoor adventures around Jasper, and helicopter flights over the glaciers at Lake Louise. Alberta also has dinosaurs – 40 of them at Drumheller’s prestigious Royal Tyrrell Museum.