From snow-capped mountains and glassy lakes to roaming grizzly bears and soaring eagles, the Canadian Rockies are synonymous with the kind of beauty that makes National Geographic go weak at the knees.
While there’s something to be said for road trips, there’s no escaping the fact that the Canadian Rockies span for almost 1500 kilometres. This means that if you want to cover ground, savour a curated itinerary and venture to places that a Honda Civic could never dream of, the Globus Spirit of the Rockies tour will have you captivated.
So what’s there to look forward to?
Ride the rails of the Rocky Mountaineer
With its urban beaches, vibrant neighbourhoods and dramatic mountain backdrop, Vancouver is the kind of city that will make you want to start Googling immigration laws. But the Rocky Mountaineer calls, and you’ll be glad you jumped aboard. Winding its way through British Columbia, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest, the world-renowned luxury train unlocks unprecedented access to Canada’s wild beauty. The first stop on your scenic two day voyage is historic Kamloops. Then it’s east to Shuswap Lake, along the Kicking Horse River and over the Continental Divide to breathtaking Banff National Park.
Rocky Mountaineer guests can choose from two travel classes. Their GoldLeaf Service features a bi-level coach with fully domed windows offering panoramic views upstairs and a private dining room downstairs. Gourmet à la carte meals are served in the dining room, with complimentary alcoholic beverages served throughout the journey. SilverLeaf Service guests are served meals at their spacious seats along with complimentary wine or beer at lunch. Watch the scenery roll by through oversized domed windows and enjoy the latest captivating yarn from your onboard host.
Globus offers guests on it’s Spirit of the Rockies tour the option of either SilverLeaf Service or upgrading to GoldLeaf Service.
Banff National Park
Crowned by glacier fed Lake Louise, Banff National Park is arguably the most iconic mountain town on the planet. Sorry Queenstown lovers! After taking in its impossibly turquoise expanse you’ll move onto Moraine Lake, Louise’s smaller yet just as enchanting sister. There are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs, like mini hikes to stunning Peyto Lake and a walking tour of Tunnel Mountain. As the sun sets there’s no better place to be than on one of Banff’s mountain dwarfed rooftop patios.
Lined with chiselled mountains and jewel coloured lakes, the Icefields Parkway is one of North America’s highest and most spectacular drives. It culminates with the mighty Athabasca Glacier, a 10,000 year old sheet of solid ice that fans down from the Columbia Icefield. Globus makes sure you get up close and personal with the iridescent giant, with tickets to ride the Ice Explorer Snocoach onto the Glacier.
Jasper National Park
If elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears are on your wish list be sure to keep your camera ready as you travel through Jasper National Park. You’ll also get a chance to gaze down at the immensely powerful Athabasca Falls, which thunders more than 20 metres into a rugged canyon.
A diadem of luxury at Canada’s iconic Fairmont Hotels
To us, nothing defines luxury quite like iconic hotels. That’s why we swooned when we heard Globus has secured rooms with Fairmont hotels across Canada. You’ll get your first taste of the iconic brand at the legendary Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada’s original ‘Castle in the Rockies.’ Not only is the historic chateau a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it’s also been named one of North America’s top hotels. Next is the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Originally built as a log cabin in 1890, the historic chateau has since hosted guests like Queen Elizabeth II, Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe. Whether you want to stroll around the lake, pamper yourself in the spa or enjoy a lavish afternoon tea, you’ll quite literally have Lake Louise at your doorstep. You’ll then check into the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a high-end resort nestled between towering mountains and shimmering lakes. The deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler puts you at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain, while the ivy enveloped Fairmont Empress Hotel overlooks Victoria’s bustling Inner Harbour. The sumptuous afternoon tea is legendary, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can opt in for a whale watching tour.
Are you ready to discover the Canadian Rockies? Check out the Globus website for itinerary details or get in touch with your Travel agent to chat about securing your place on the upcoming Globus Spirit of the Rockies tour.