Canada Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Explore
There is such an abundance of outdoor activities, natural wonders and must-do experiences in Canada that it pays to create a detailed itinerary before you arrive. The planning process can be tedious – from booking accommodation to arranging day trips – but it ensures you’ll enjoy a vacation that suits your travel style and budget.
To simplify the preparation stage, book an organized trip in advance or contact a travel consultant to create a personalized itinerary. Canadian Rockies tour packages, for example, often include viewing experiences in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Aurora in the Northwest Territories. Visitors can choose from a diverse range of travel options, from adventurous winter ski packages to rejuvenating hikes and seasonal Northern Lights viewing.
The scenic Rocky Mountain landscape is as diverse as the unique places you can stay in the region. From luxury castles and chalets to ecological mountain chalets and chalets, there is no shortage of charming accommodation.
Visitors with a penchant for extravagance can’t pass Fairmont properties, including Banff Springs Castle, the jewel of Castle Lake Louise, and the wilderness cabins at Jasper Park Lodge. If you’re looking for a lodge or cabin in the mountains, try Baker Creek, Storm Mountain Lodge, and Emerald Lake Lodge in Banff National Park, or Pyramid Lake Lodge in Jasper. In the Northwest Territories, try a unique fly-in lodge like Blachford Lake Lodge.
Visitors to the Canadian Rockies don’t often expect alpine shopping be a highlight of their trip. But the beautiful alleys of Banff Avenue and Bear Street are packed with retailers offering everything from authentic Canadian souvenirs to clothing, handcrafted jewelry, wellness products and locally made chocolates. Set aside a day for shopping and strolling the streets with a mountainous backdrop.
Dining in Canada can take you from modern restaurants to cozy backcountry lodges or brasseries. The crowd-pleasing food scene showcases ingredients unique to the region, such as bison, elk, regional craft beers and wines from across the country. Whether you’re looking for an evening drink at Banff Ave Brewing Company or sustainably farmed meats and produce at fine-dining The Bison Restaurant and Lounge, there’s something for everyone. And when viewing Aurora in Yellowknife, a visit to the NWT Brewing Co is a must.
The Canadian Rockies are full of can’t-miss experiences, from skiing in the Rockies to driving along the scenic Icefields Parkway. For the Canadian Arctic in the Northwest Territories, one of the biggest draws is the spectacular Aurora Borealis, where twinkling tendrils of green and purple lights dance across the inky black sky in Yellowknife.
To catch the lights, book a “Yellowknife Northern Lights” trip combined with the Canadian Rockies with Flight Center or Travel Associates. Stay in lake lodges or gather in tipi villages to watch the light show in Yellowknife, then explore the Rocky Mountains and hike around the glacial lakes of Banff and Lake Louise.
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