Explore Western Canada and Sonora

Canada

Nowhere does epic scenery quite like the Canadian Rockies. Snow-covered peaks and emerald lakes provide the backdrop to an abundance of outdoor activities. You’ll then travel west from the mountains to the sea, where cosmopolitan Vancouver and a luxury island refuge await.

A View With A Room

A three-hour drive from Calgary airport brings you to the impossibly picturesque surroundings of Lake Louise. The turquoise waters and towering pine trees of this icon of the Canadian Rockies are your view for a two-night stay. Paddle out onto the lake by canoe or kayak, explore the well-marked trails by foot or simply gaze in wonder at that view.

Glaciers & Waterfalls

Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Jasper for a two-night stay, stopping at the Columbia Icefield enroute for an adventure out onto the Athabasca Glacier. Jasper’s highlights include the powerful Athabasca Falls, gorge trails across the 50-meters deep Maligne Canyon, and cruises on aquamarine Maligne Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, bears and coyotes among other wildlife.

Beautiful Banff

The nearby mountain town of Banff is a paradise for outdoor adventurers, with hiking and cycling trails aplenty. Base yourself in the town for a two-night stay and get exploring. Ride the gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the Bow Valley, go white-water rafting on the Bow River, then take a rejuvenating dip in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs.

Rocky Mountaineer Luxury Train

See the Rocky Mountains from another perspective as you climb aboard one of the world’s most scenic train journeys. Enjoy unparalleled views from the panoramic domed car as you roll past dramatic peaks and verdant valleys. The two-day journey west, including an overnight stay in Kamloops, is entirely in daylight – so you won’t miss a thing. Feast on delicious dinners in the dining car and revel in an unforgettable experience which harks back to the golden age of train travel.

Viva Vancouver

Set between snow-capped mountains and the sea, Vancouver is regularly ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Spend three nights discovering why as you cycle Stanley Park’s numerous trails, take a canopy walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and explore neighbourhoods like historic Gastown and colourful Chinatown. Be sure to visit Granville Island’s excellent food fair and craft stalls.

Wildlife & Wilderness at Sonora Resort

A short helicopter or seaplane transfer over the ocean and Douglas fir dotted landscape, brings you to the pristine wilderness of Sonora Resort. This secluded island retreat, located just off the coast of Vancouver Island, is the perfect four-night finale. Spot grizzly bears and orcas in their natural setting. Trek through ancient forests, enjoy first class salmon fishing or kayak the calm waters. Then revitalize with a body scrub in the spa followed by a dinner of locally sourced pan-seared salmon.

When to go

April to November

Guide price

from £7,750 per person
(including international flights, the Rocky Mountaineer, car hire & transfers)

Ideal duration

14 nights

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