Alberta, a province nestled in the heart of Canada, is a captivating blend of astounding landscapes and hidden gems. With the majestic Canadian Rockies gracing its western horizon, Alberta boasts awe-inspiring national parks like Banff and Jasper, offering pristine lakes, dramatic peaks, and abundant wildlife. Its cities and towns exude modernity while embracing rich cultural experiences and traditions. Whether you're seeking tranquillity in nature's embrace or a taste of Alberta's cultural heritage, this province will not disappoint.
Canada boasts 37 national parks located in every province and territory and cover everything from mountains and plains to lakes and tundra. But the natural beauty in Alberta might be the best of them all. Home to the Canadian Rockies which provide magnificent views of majestic peaks, shimmering turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is the oldest National Park in Canada, founded in 1885, justifiably ranked as number one by many people, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular. Catering for all with its epic scenery, abundance of wildlife and wealth of activities, Banff will simply take your breath away. The crown jewel within this beautiful destination is undoubtedly, Lake Louise - gorgeous, spectacular, majestic, divine; it will leave you struggling for superlatives. The lake’s sparkling turquoise water reflects the chiselled mountains which surround it, the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise stands proudly at one end while the imposing Victoria Glacier sits at the other, it’s no wonder this is the most photographed lake in the world!
In winter, Lake Louise transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The shimmering blue waters turn to a powder-white ice as the lake freezes over, and visitors swap the lakeshore trail around the perimeter for ice-skating and snowshoeing across the lake.
Jasper National Park
The largest National Park in the Rockies is Jasper, and categorised by the World Heritage Committee to be among the most significant sights on earth. It’s the world's second largest Dark Sky Preserve and is home to a variety of wildlife, shimmering glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and evergreen forests. And all this is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks.
Just like Banff, in winter Jasper’s national park can be described as a Christmas card come to life, with its snow-dusted evergreens and frozen landscapes. The ice caves, incredible ice formations and frozen waterfalls at Maligne Canyon are a must-see for anyone visiting Jasper in winter.
Our Holiday Director Caroline Godfrey led our Rockies Winter Wonderland tour and said...
“Even if you think you know what Canada is like, visit in the winter because it’s a totally different experience. Canada in the winter is amazing - Jasper’s frozen canyons and waterfalls are just fabulous!”
The Icefields Parkway
Linking Lake Louise to Jasper is the remarkable Icefields Parkway. Prepare to be wowed by one of most beautiful journeys in the world, every bend shows a new magnificent view. The winding 232km road cuts through soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields, emerald lakes and vast sweeping valleys with lush forests. The wildlife is equally impressive, so look out for black and grizzly bears, wolves, elk and deer on land, then keep your eyes peeled for eagles, hawks and ospreys in the sky. This really is a great way to see Banff & Jasper.