One of Canada’s best attributes is its wide range of terrain. From sandy beaches to wintry tundras and almost everything in between, nothing beats the variety in Canada’s Great Outdoors — and seeing it up close is breathtaking. One of those world-famous spots is the Canadian Rockies, the majestic mountain range that stretches across British Columbia and Alberta.
There’s no bad time of year to visit the Rockies, with a wide scope of things to do and see all year round. No matter your budget, you can creatively plan an excellent trip to the Rockies, but if you’re ready to treat yourself to a luxury vacation in the mountains, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few things to consider when planning an opulent visit to one of Canada’s most beautiful areas.
Where To Stay
In the heart of Banff National Park lies the massive Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The Fairmont collection of hotels prides itself on providing an authentic experience in their various locales, top-notch guest services, and the ultimate in comfort and care for each person who chooses to stay there. Enjoy guided mountain tours, skiing excursions, hiking and canoeing and many more recreational activities for guests of all ages. Relax in the luxury spa, dine in world-class restaurants, and lounge in decadent rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the Rockies.
Over in Jasper, Alberta, you’ll find the highly-rated Mount Robson Inn, which provides a stay that’s both luxurious and full of down-home comfort. From outdoor hot tubs to free wifi and parking to activity-planning services, Mount Robson Inn offers a unique way to experience the beauty of the Rockies.
What To Do
Get the biggest bang for your buck by visiting the Rockies during another major event like the Calgary Stampede or Lake Louise’s Ice Magic Festival. If that’s not your scene, there’s so much more you can do. The Banff Upper Hot Springs was discovered in 1883 and has since welcomed thousands of visitors who love to indulge in a relaxing and rejuvenating dip in the natural pool. Outdoor activities like skiing in the winter or spring and frolicking on one of the Rockies’ turquoise lakes in the summer are classic options, but you can also opt for an exclusive tour excursion. Book with a tour group like Abercrombie & Kent and enjoy a 9-day luxury tour through the Rockies, complete with airport meet and greets with private transfers, full meals, boutique accommodations and more. If you want to see the Rockies, a coordinated tour can take the planning stress off your hands and allow you to see the sights in style.
How To Get There
You could always enjoy a first-class flight to Banff, Jasper, or the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbook, B.C. and plan your travel once you arrive, or you could take a page out of the past with a glamourous and luxurious train ride through the Rockies. A Rocky Mountaineer train ride is the ultimate in options for traveling to and through the mountain range. Relax on the train that has window panes for walls and ceilings, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime view of the nature around you. See wildlife, oceans, and interior lakes throughout the mountains, accompanied by a guide who will ensure you don’t miss anything.
Rocky Mountaineer is known for top-of-the-line service, with their GoldLeaf service package being the most popular. Celebratory mimosas, complimentary snacks and beverages, and hot breakfasts and lunches served on board daily, along with all the other comforts of the train? It’s an incredible way to indulge in rustic life and decadent luxury at the same time. The train stops each night for a stay at a beautiful hotel along the way, making sure you don’t miss any sights during the night, and allowing you to experience a variety of accommodations.
As you can see, if luxury is the name of your game, you can enjoy the Canadian Rockies with all the comforts you desire. Will you be seeing one of the country’s greatest landmarks? Let us know how you plan to travel in style in the comments.