If you are dreaming of picture-perfect landscapes, rich cultural history and iconic wildlife, the Canadian Rocky Mountains offer all of this and so much more.
Mesmerizing at any time of year, for an unforgettable voyage take a look at our 9-day Majesty of the Rockies luxury guided tour, and read on to discover why a journey through the Rocky Mountains will stay with you for a lifetime.
Experience nature at its most majestic
Stretching for around 1,000 miles from the top of British Columbia in the north to the US border in the south, the Canadian Rocky Mountains are a sight to behold. Home to majestic snowy peaks, breathtaking glaciers, lush valleys, and lakes with such intense color you will feel like you have arrived in a fairytale land.
Travel with Luxury Gold and enjoy a one-in-a-lifetime voyage through these magnificent landscapes, including an exhilarating tour of the Columbia Icefield with your expert guide. Board the specially designed Ice Explorer and get up close and personal with the immense Athabasca Glacier as you travel onto its surface. You will never forget the remarkable feeling as you first step out onto the vast, white icefield, surrounded by nature’s immense natural beauty.
Meet the First Nations Warrior Women
There is no more memorable way to connect with a destination than to meet with the people for whom it is their spiritual home. First Nations communities of modern-day Alberta have been gathering, harvesting, and connecting to these inspiring lands from ancient times, playing an integral part in upholding their beauty and history.
With Luxury Gold, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and have the privilege of meeting the First Nations Cree Warrior Women. Matriarchs of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and guardians of their culture, join together for a cultural exchange you will never forget. With engaging conversation about Indigenous culture, this is a unique opportunity to learn songs and beautiful phrases in Cree and gain a deeper understanding of the First Nations’ spirituality. Finish off your visit in memorable style with an intimate fireside BBQ on Trefoil Lake with storytelling and drumming and spectacular views of Pyramid Mountain.
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Stay in incredible hotels
With such beautiful surroundings, it comes as no surprise that the Rocky Mountains are home to some of the most incredible hotels. And for guests of Luxury Gold, we have hand-selected some exquisite experiences, including:
Known as the “Castle of the Canadian Rockies”, the Fairmont Banff Springs, dates back to 1888 and is a destination in its own right. With its scenic views, luxurious accommodations and attentive and personal service, this is a truly exquisite retreat. Play golf with a magnificent backdrop as you challenge yourself on the award-winning 18-hole course, relax at the resort’s spa or explore the many historically significant rooms of the castle. With 12 acclaimed restaurants, dine on the freshest ingredients from local farmers and artisans, from afternoon tea to traditional cuisine and tantalizing menus from France, Italy and Bavaria.
An exquisite rocky mountain resort hotel, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Wrapped by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, this historic hotel is both elegant and lavish, with grand spaces for you to enjoy. Savor your breakfast whilst watching the morning sun illuminate the glacier, rejuvenate and explore, and enjoy a myriad of fine-dining options, skillfully prepared by talented chefs.
Enjoy an abundance of wildlife
A paradise for wildlife spotting and photography, the dramatic landscapes of the Rocky Mountains of Canada are home to a vast array of iconic species, including Grizzly bears, moose, lynx and the bald eagle. Depending on the time of year you visit, there are opportunities to see caribou, bighorn sheep, elk, wolves, mountain foxes, snowshoe hares and beavers.
On our Majesty of the Rockies luxury guided tour enjoy many opportunities to view wildlife throughout the journey. In Banff, one of the stunning rocky mountain national parks, a short gondola ride takes you up to 2,088m to the summit of Mt. Whitehorn for a gentle wildlife hike. Bask in spectacular views and keep your eye open and scan the skies for a glimpse of the majestic bald eagle or osprey. If you like to explore on horseback, choose to take a relaxing ride along the tranquil Bow River and pass and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s national parks, watching for wildlife as you go. And, in Jasper, board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer Train and watch for wildlife from the comfort of your glass domed carriage.
Board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf Service
Take in the pristine views from your glass-domed coach, indulge in gourmet meals and spot wildlife on an unforgettable 2-day voyage from Jasper to Vancouver, aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf Service.
Recline in plush seats with a glass of fine wine as you travel along the banks of the North Thomspon River and passing the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and the Continental Divide, including Mount Robson. Marvel at the dramatic changes in scenery from the desert-like interior, through the winding river canyons and pristine forests of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, and past the lush green fields of Fraser Valley. Dine on board on delicious cuisine reflective of the region using fresh, seasonal ingredients, stepping off for a luxurious overnight stay in Kamloops.
Majestic mountains, glistening oceans, rainforests, beaches and striking foliage throughout the year make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ethnically and linguistically diverse, Vancouver and is also renowned for its affable, approachable people. Enjoy extensive parks, theatres and galleries, treat yourself with fantastic shopping and take your time to explore the many street-food markets, farmer’s markets and flea markets dotted across the city.
On Majesty of the Rockies your Travelling Concierge will take you on a fascinating sightseeing tour, to include Downtown, Stanley Park and the famous totem poles of Brocton Point. Then, over a delicious lunch, celebrate your journey in authentic style with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Salmon n’ Bannock. The only restaurant in the city owned and operated by members of Canada’s First Nations, indulge in flavorful dishes with a modern twist, all prepared with traditional ingredients.
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If you are feeling inspired to take a journey of a lifetime to the Rocky Mountains, book onto our Majesty of the Rockies luxury guided tour.