Canada: West Coast Wonders
Your Canada tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 9 nights in 4–5* hotels
- 9 days car hire (one way fee not included, paid locally)
- Vancouver Harbour Cruise
- Finer Things dinner tour in Whistler
- Explore Banff Tour including Gondola Ride
Your Canada travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Vancouver
Start your Western Canada adventure in cosmopolitan Vancouver, an oceanfront, mountain-backed city frequently voted the most liveable in the world. With a mild climate and breath-taking landscapes right on its doorstep, Vancouver is a great base for exploring the national parks and rugged scenery of British Columbia. Try the blooming flowers of Queen Elizabeth Park or the waterways of Stanley Park. Back in town, be sure to savour the top-notch cuisine, covering everything from succulent wild salmon to pan-fried Japanese gyozas.
Day 3: Whistler
Welcome to Whistler, king of the ski resorts and a perennially popular weekend getaway for Vancouverites. It is adventure galore among the mountain passes, with downhill and cross-country bike trails, rock climbing and even zip lining all up for grabs. In the evening, numerous cosy pubs and sunny patio bars bring a lively atmosphere to the après hike festivities, and the restaurant scene is first-rate. Why not top off a day of sightseeing in Whistler with a lavish dinner tour of the village, dining on four delicious courses in four award-winning restaurants – what a treat!
Day 4: Sun Peaks
Nestled among forested hills and twinkling lakes, Sun Peaks is a sporty town offering stacks of fun-filled outdoor activities. Take your pick from the list which includes skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding and snowshoeing in winter, and golf, canoeing, mountain biking and horse riding in summer. Sun Peaks is a lively place, with numerous restaurants and cafés lining the leafy streets, while if you fancy a spot of culture take a look around the collection of vintage photographs in the nearby Kamloops Museum.
Days 5 - 6: Lake Louise
Head onwards to majestic Lake Louise in the heart of the spectacular wilderness of Banff National Park. You’ll be staying right on the lake itself, at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise. It’s a romantic spot, surrounded by snowy mountains, a gorgeous turquoise-tinged lake, a carpet of deep green alpine forest and the odd grizzly bear. The town itself is dotted with teahouses and coffee shops, but your best bet if you fancy a cuppa is to follow the relatively easy forest trail to Lake Agnes, where you can sit down to an aptly named high tea and admire the stunning views.
Days 7 - 8: Banff
It’s less than an hour’s drive to Banff, access point to the mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and canyons of the remarkable Rockies. Activities here are the stuff of adventure, with skiing, ice hiking and helihiking all on offer. For the less energetic, ride the gondola up 2281m Sulphur Mountain, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweeping vistas. For further thrills, don your snowshoes and explore the dramatic limestone gorge of Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park, part of a World Heritage site. And while you’re in town, don’t forget to try the hot maple taffy, a Canadian delicacy.
Day 9: Calgary
Head to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and discover the vibrant city of Calgary, a diverse metropolis that attracts a younger crowd to its well-tended parks, sophisticated restaurants and designer shops. But it’s also popular with families, drawn by a conservation-focused zoo, a fascinating science centre and various sports clubs. If you are lucky enough to visit in July, be sure to join in the party as Calgary hosts the annual Calgary Stampede, a rodeo extravaganza complete with colourful stage shows, parades and concerts.
Days 10 - 11:
Depart Calgary and return to the UK.
Hotels on this Canada holiday:
- Vancouver - 5* Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
- Whistler - 5* Chateau Whistler
- Sun Peaks - 4* Coast Sundance Lodge
- Lake Louise - 4.5* Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- Banff - 5* Fairmont Banff Springs
- Calgary - 4.5* Fairmont Palliser
Here are some of our other holidays to Canada
Toronto: Toronto - 4* Renaissance Toronto Downtown4 StarsRead more >>
Perfectly situated just steps from the CN Tower, you are only moments from downtown Toronto’s vibrant entertainment district at this hotel. Choose rooms which look out over downtown Toronto or the Rogers Centre, and make the most of all sorts of activities for families and children. There’s even a Starbucks located in the lobby, so you can grab breakfast as you head out for a busy day of exploring. The indoor pool and whirlpool is the perfect place to unwind, while Arriba Restaurant boasts an innovative menu and imaginative cocktails.4 Nights from£963 pp£625 ppBook by 31 May 2017
Toronto: Toronto - 4* The Omni King Edward Hotel4 StarsRead more >>
Built in 1903, this vibrant downtown hotel perfectly blends modern comfort with classic elegance. Spacious rooms and suites feature touches of regal red, purple and gold, while the Club Lounge accommodation boasts benefits including a daily deluxe breakfast and complimentary cocktails. After a busy day of sightseeing, there is nothing better than returning to the Nouvelle Maria Spa for a massage. Or why not take part in the time-honoured ritual of afternoon tea? There is even a special menu just for children. With a refined restaurant and a bar serving an impressive list of signature cocktails, this hotel is the perfect place to unwind in the evening. The Champagne Cobbler cocktail is delicious.4 Nights from£1103 pp£765 ppBook by 31 May 2017
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Toronto: Toronto - 4* The Westin Harbour Castle4 StarsRead more >>
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, just a 15-minute walk from the CN Tower, this landmark hotel boasts rooms which overlook the spectacular surroundings. The pool opens out onto a seasonal sundeck, so you can catch some rays over a cocktail. Relax in the whirlpool, or indulge in a treatment at the Votre Beaute European Day Spa. When it comes to dining, you are truly spoilt for choice. The Mizzen Restaurant serves a delicious breakfast, while Toula Restaurant and Bar is located on the 38th floor, offering panoramic views of the city. For something special, arrange the Savoury Chef’s Table Experience. This intimate, 10-person setting, designed by chef Corbin Tomaszeski, includes a menu featuring local produce and wine.4 Nights from£1227 pp£845 ppBook by 31 May 2017
Montreal: Montreal - 4* Omni Mont Royal4 StarsRead more >>
Wake up in your spacious suite and enjoy a steaming cup of Nespresso coffee while taking in those famous city views at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The breakfast dishes served at Le Petit Opus Café will set you up perfectly for the day; the Art of Breakfast buffet features eggs, French toast, pancakes and smoked salmon. Kids will love it here; through the Omni Kids Crew programme, younger guests receive backpacks on check-in filled with activity books and crayons, and milk and cookies will be delivered to their room on the first night. Recharge your batteries at the Eqlib Spa, spend an afternoon relaxing at the pool and while away a chilled evening at the Alice Bar. We challenge you not to find your favourite drink on this menu, and you can even order a snack if you’re feeling peckish. We recommend the selection of Quebec cheeses paired with a fine red wine.4 Nights from£1207 pp£849 ppBook by 31 May 2017
Vancouver: Vancouver - 4* Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel4 StarsRead more >>
This all-suite hotel is on the doorstep of the city’s sports stadiums and entertainment district. Enjoy your very own home away from home here, where suites feature living rooms and kitchens. Make use of the hotel’s sports packages for Vancouver Canucks games, held at the Rogers Arena, wind down at the lap pool and hot tub, or relax on the garden terrace with a cool drink. After a busy day exploring, the restaurant patio is the perfect place to chill out. Or why not wander to one of Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants, which are just minutes away.4 Nights from£963 pp£889 ppBook by 31 May 2017