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Ultimate Road Trips No 9 – The Canadian Rocky Mountains

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Sue Riggs


Canada’s Rocky Mountains can be driven from Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa.  Time it right and you could enjoy the Stampede in Calgary or a music festival in Vancouver. Many travellers combine their drive with a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train journey for a different aspect of these stunning mountains.  As you would expect, high wild mountains, deep canyons, miles of forests and plenty of wildlife make this trip a true adventure.  Black bears, moose and elk could delay your progress for a while!

The welcoming city of Vancouver can be either at the start or end of your holiday. Visit the famous Stanley Park with its array of Totem Poles, Gastown (Old Vancouver), Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Why not take the all-day Trolley tour: a hop-on – hop-off tour of the city covering all the major attractions.

 Visit Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to the world famous Helmcken Falls, which at three times the height of Niagara Falls is certainly a sight to see. This beautiful park, half the size of Wales, boasts stunning mountain scenery, deep canyons and spectacular waterfalls, with opportunities for wildlife viewing, kayaking, horse-riding, hiking and fly-fishing. 

 Don’t miss out on Jasper, where adventure, discovery and relaxation can all be found.  The National Park with nearly a thousand Kilometres of trails, plentiful scenic sightseeing drives and great wildlife await. 

 Drive the beautiful Icefields Parkway on your way through the Rockies. Spot wildlife and fantastic scenery on the way. Be sure to stop at The Columbia Icefield, one of the largest ice fields south of the Arctic Circle. Why not head out onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on a huge Ice Explorer vehicle. 

Maligne Lake 2 - JA

 Banff National Park is a must. You are now in the heart of the Rockies and for spectacular views of the surrounding area, take a gondola ride up SulphurMountain, visit BowFalls and JohnstonCanyon. Take time to visit Lake Louise and MoraineLake and cross the Great Divide for a visit to the spectacular YohoNational Park.

 Calgary is the city of the cowboys; early July sees the world famous Stampede take place in this Prairie city. A visit to Drumheller, home of the Dinosaur museum, or Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump, both easily reached from Calgary.

 If time allows, why not add a visit to Vancouver Island home to dramatic coasts, the capital of British Columbia and Victoria with its British Ancestry, adventures and relaxation.

 With so much to offer the Canadian Rockies has something to suit everyone. We look forward to arranging your holiday to Western Canada. Tel: 01323 446550 see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk or email at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.



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