Days 1-3: Banff
You are met on arrival at Calgary Airport and transferred to your modern hotel in downtown Banff, close to shops, cafes and restaurants. The following day, you are taken on a tour of the area, with highlights including Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Bow River Valley, Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake.
On Day 3, rug up and enjoy an unforgettable sleigh ride just out of town, with spectacular views and the opportunity to observe native winter-adapted species such as bighorn sheep and elk.
Day 4: Lake Louise
Travel by coach to your enchanting chateau-style hotel on the shores of Lake Louise, at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Banff National Park. If you arrive early, take advantage of this luxury hotel’s comprehensive facilities, including a spa and indoor pool. Alternatively, explore the winter wonderland that surrounds the magnificent property.
Day 5: Lake Louise
Slip on snowshoes and walk to the top of a mountain for breathtaking views usually only available to skiers and snowboarders. Your full day guided “introduction to snowshoeing” tour also includes interesting facts about the history, wildlife and human inhabitants of the area.
Day 6: Calgary
You are dropped off today at your central Calgary hotel, which is steps from the bustling Eau Claire Market, Chinatown and some of the city’s best restaurants.
Day 7: Whitehorse
Morning transfer to Calgary Airport for your flight to Whitehorse via Vancouver. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your downtown hotel. Tonight you are taken to a prime viewing area for your first chance to view the spectacle of Aurora Borealis. Enjoy snacks and hot drinks in a cosy heated cabin or tent as you watch a spectrum of colours light up the skies overhead.
Days 8/9: Whitehorse
Learn about the city’s gold rush history on a morning tour of its landmarks, which include Main Street, the Train Depot of White Pass, Sternwheeler SS Klondike and Schwatka Lake. This afternoon and all throughout Day 9 you are free to relax in the warmth of your hotel or book an optional activity such as dogsledding, flightseeing or tobogganing. In the evenings, sit by the bonfire, roast marshmallows and chat with your guide or fellow guests whilst waiting for the Northern Lights to appear.
If travelling between 01 Oct-30 Nov and 01-31 Jan, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve in search of Dall sheep, bighorn sheep, lynx, caribou and other native wildlife. Also included during this period are the Takhini Hot Springs – swimming in the steaming warm pool surrounded by frozen landscapes is a must-do!)
Day 10: Tour ends Whitehorse
After four opportunities to see Aurora Borealis, bid farewell to Whitehorse. Your tour ends with a shuttle transfer to the airport for your onward flight.