If you love adventure, the great outdoors and a little bit of luxury, the Rocky Mountains of Canada are calling your name. From its amazing lodges, restaurants and national parks, enjoy the best of the Rockies with Contiki.
The Canadian Rockies are a mountain range spans across the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. This stunning region is jam-packed with alpine lakes, diverse wildlife and outdoor recreation sites. Dive straight into the adventure of a lifetime by exploring the breadth of this beautiful place.
Enjoy working your way through all the National Parks of the Rockies. Start with the Yoho National Park, home to the massive Takakkaw Falls and the beautiful Lake O’Hara. The perfect place to explore during the summer, make the most of the warm weather by hiking and camping around this turquoise lake. If you’re planning a trip to the Jasper National Park, do it in wintertime. This amazing spot is home to the Columbia Icefield; a massive ice expanse that can only be crossed using special ice buses. Voyage over this frozen lake to get to the famous Athabasca Glacier, which is thousands of years old.
Of course, you’ll want to head to Banff to check out Lake Louise. One of the hot-spots of the Rockies, its snow-capped mountains, pine forests and glacier-fed waters are the stuff dreams are made of. But don’t be in a hurry to leave too quickly – Banff is actually one of the biggest cultural hubs of the Rockies. This charming town is full of spirit and life, playing host to some of the biggest events on the Rockies calendar. From the Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival to the Banff Festival of Mountain Films and the annual Santa Claus Parade, this little town brings the good vibes.
Full of nature, food and good times, you’ll enjoy every second of your trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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Even though they’re famous for their ski season, you can enjoy the Rockies year-round. The best way to make the most of the warmer weather? By trekking to Lake O’Hara. Home to incredible hanging valleys, turquoise-blue lakes and breath-taking vistas, the natural beauty of this place is second-to-none. Located in the Yoho National Park, ensure you plan your Lake O’Hara hike ahead of time. For seasoned outdoor adventurers, this is a great spot for a multi-day hiking and camping trip. If you just want to enjoy the Lake for a few hours, you can organise bus trips to and from the Lake O’Hara Lodge. Savour the best of the Rockies during summertime with a trip to Lake O’Hara.
What might seem like just an outdoor adventure park, the Canadian Rockies have so much more to offer than hiking trials and beautiful views. Learn about the history of this part of the world, including the stories of the local indigenous populations, at some of the Rockies’ best museums.
A combination of hand-cut French fries, fresh cheese curds and well-seasoned gravy, poutine is a delicious, gooey mess. A staple of Quebec, poutine has become one of the most iconic Canadian dishes. Grab a serve from Elk & Oarsman Kitchen & Bar in the Rockies.
Best eaten at - Elk & Oarsman Kitchen & Bar, 119 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B6
Having been a staple for the Indigenous peoples of Canada for thousands of years, bannock is now enjoyed by all. This flat bread was once made on fire pits but is now oven-baked or pan-fried. Made using flour, sugar, salt, yeast and water, bannock is the perfect accompaniment to bity Canadian cheeses.
Best eaten at - Syrahs of Jasper, 606 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0
Found all over British Columbia, wild salmon is a staple of the Canadian Rockies. You best bet the locals have a million-and-one different ways of cooking it, too. Grilled, poached, hot and cold smoked, each way is as delicious as the next. Try the Maple Leaf’s Asian-inspired rendition of grilled salmon served with pickled ginger and wasabi hoisin sauce.
Best eaten at - The Maple Leaf, 137 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1C8
Another great Quebecoise contribution to the Canadian culinary scene, tourtière is a winter favourite. Minced pork and wild game are flavoured with clove, cinnamon and allspice before being wrapped in golden, crusty pastry, this hearty pie is the ultimate comfort food.
Best eaten at - The Bison Restaurant, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4
Can you have a bonfire in the mountains without smores? This indulgent Canadian treat is made by roasting a marshmallow over a fire and sandwiching it between two Graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. The heat of the marshmallow melts the chocolate and turns it into a gooey cookie sandwich.
Best eaten at - Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J4