WINTER IN THE ROCKIES

8 days departing EDMONTON from

Style: Active
Destination: Canada
Tour Code: WIR

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Trip Overview

Alberta's legendary Rocky Mountains are waiting for you on this eight day magical tour of lush evergreen trees, breathtaking mountain landscapes, frozen lakes, waterfalls and wild rushing waters. Wildlife and abundant flora combine with beautiful snowy vistas and pristine serenity. Locals will tell you there's no other winter destination on earth quite like the Canadian Rockies! Join us on this winter discovery of the Rocky Mountains where snowmobiling, dogsledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and of course alpine skiing will fulfil your winter dreams!

Included Highlights
  • Cross country skiing in Jasper National Park
  • Skiing in Banff National Park
  • Extraordinary hike in Maligne Canyon
  • Explore the Rockies on a snowmobile excursion
  • Dog sledding in the breathtaking Rockies
  • A full day in Jasper, Yoho and Banff National Park
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  • All equipment for activities detailed above including crampons, cross-country skis, snowmobile and snowshoes
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 7 hotel nights in twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates & Prices' tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle with the exception of some activities
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners included
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader and local guides
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Sulphur Mountain hot springs - Banff CAD$8
  • Ice skating rental - Banff CAD$11
  • Ski lesson (non-private, small group) - Banff CAD$40
  • Kicking Horse mountain sightseeing gondola - Golden CAD$32
  • Kicking Horse Mountain tube park - Golden CAD$16
  • Ice skate rental - Lake Louise CAD$13 for 2hrs
  • Sightseeing gondola - Lake Louise CAD$27
  • Dog sledding tour (two per sled / two hrs) - Canmore CAD$165
  • Sulphur Mountain gondola - Banff CAD$49


Day 1: Edmonton

Start your tour in Edmonton, the capital of Canada's Alberta Province. Today is a joining day and you are welcome to arrive at any time. You may want to arrive a day early and explore the towns array of wintery activities, from outdoor ice skating to tobogganing and snowshoeing. A welcome meeting will be held in the evening at 18:00 hrs in your hotel, where you can meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Jasper National Park

It's time to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and head out into the pristine landscape of the Canadian Rockies. Journey through stunning white wilderness until you reach Jasper National Park where winter has transformed the mountains, forests, meadows and rivers into the ultimate winter wonderland. With fewer tourists, this time of year is perfect for spotting wolves and moose along Maligne Road. Continue your afternoon of discovery with a walk through the base of Maligne Canyon and gaze upon the impressive icefalls towering overhead. As well as the wildlife there's also ample opportunity for some adventure with a hike to breathtaking Maligne Lake and a spot of snowshoeing around the park. If you're a budding photographer this place will give you the perfect opportunity to snap away at some of the world's most incredible mountain landscapes, and with wildlife in real abundance your camera is sure to get a work out in Jasper.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Jasper National Park

Today you'll experience the wonderful outdoor activity of cross-country skiing. Jasper National Park has cross country trails in some of the most dramatic mountain scenery you can imagine, Edith Cavell, Athabasca Falls and Pyramid Lake. You'll be provided with all the necessary equipment for your adventure, and depending on the conditions are, you'll find the perfect spot for skiing amongst the beautiful peaks, rivers and forests. Back in Jasper, why not opt to relax in your lodge with a well-deserved warm beverage or visit Jasper village where you might like to ice skate on Lake Mildred. What could be more Canadian than skating on a frozen Rocky Mountain Lake?
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Lunch included

Day 4: Icefields Parkway and Golden

On the road again, this time along the revered Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful drives in the world and one of Canada's national treasures. Stretching 300km through the very heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, high-falling frozen cascades and humbling glaciers. Be sure to stay alert as many native animals can be seen from the road, such as elk and Mountain Goats. Tonight you lodge in Golden where you can enjoy dinner cooked by your guide.
Accommodation: Lodge included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Yoho National Park and Golden

This morning you head out on a snowmobile for a different kind of adventure through the Rocky Mountains. After a full safety briefing and training session you'll be assigned a snowmobile (two per mobile) and head out into the wilderness. The ride is just as enjoyable for the driver as it is for the passenger; the driver gets the thrills of driving in the snow while the passenger gets to take in the amazing winter scenery of the Rocky Mountains. A quick stop for a hot drink is the ideal time to switch drivers and get a different perspective on your ride. The afternoon is free for you to relax at the lodge or take part in one of the many optional activities available from Golden or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Accommodation: Lodge included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Lake Louise and Banff National Park

Next stop is Lake Louise where you'll have a chance to take part in some dog sledding for an adventure of a lifetime. Alaskan Huskies will dash you through the snow, while you guide the sleigh or sit and enjoy the stunning scenery! Then it's time to admire Lake Louise in all her frozen glory. The massive Victoria Glacier and snow-frosted Rocky Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for skating on Lake Louise. Being one of the top ten ice skating rinks in the world, renting ice skating equipment is a definite must. If skating really isn't for you then a beautiful wintery walk around the lakeshore will provide you with yet more spectacular scenery. At the end of the day you'll enjoy free time in Banff before checking into your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 7: Banff National Park

Winter in the Rocky Mountains is synonymous with alpine skiing and there's no better way to embrace this winter playground than to head out skiing! With some of the best skiing in the world, with challenging terrain for all levels of skiers and boarders as well as some the most breathtaking views found anywhere, you'd be crazy not strap on some skis and enjoy a spot of wintery fun. With three world-class resorts in the heart of the park, we recommend is the Sunshine Village Resort at 2,730 metres, perfect for fresh snow adventures. After a day of mountain madness return to Banff for a relaxing and much needed soak in the hot springs.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Lunch included

Day 8: Banff National Park - Calgary

This morning is your last chance to take part in an optional activity or perhaps visit the village of Banff for some last minute souvenir shopping before driving back to Calgary for the end of your adventure at 17:00 hrs.
Meals: Paid locally

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
  • ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person (2017). This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Ramada Downtown Calgary

CALGARY - RAMADA DOWNTOWN

The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


Coast Edmonton Plaza

EDMONTON - COAST EDMONTON PLAZA

This hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, cable TV, fitness cetnre with heated indoor pool and free shuttle service to city centre attractions.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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