Day 1 London - Calgary
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled Air Canada flight to Calgary. On arrival we transfer to the International Hotel Calgary (3T) for two nights.
Day 2 Calgary - Alberta’s Badlands - Calgary
Calgary is one of Canada’s largest and youngest cities, first settled by Europeans in 1875, when they came across the ice-clear rivers of Bow and Elbow. Ranching and the railway, then the discovery of oil in the 1920s, fuelled the city’s success. A sightseeing tour of Calgary introduces you to the modern metropolis before we drive into Alberta’s Badlands, a strange moonscape of multi-coloured, layered sandstone and otherworldly rock formations known as hoodoos. We visit the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology; holding some of the world’s most important dinosaur discoveries, including nodosaur, the best preserved armoured dinosaur ever found, it has been voted one of the world’s top dinosaur museums.
Day 3 Calgary - Medicine Hat
We drive to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site; once one of the largest ranching operations in Canada, it has been a living testimonial to ranching in Alberta since the late 1800s. See the heavy draft Percheron horses and the blacksmith shop to watch a master saddle-maker at work, and follow the aroma of freshly baked bread to a working ranch kitchen. We then visit UNESCO-listed Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the large precipice used by the First Nations for thousands of years to hunt bison. It is one of the biggest, oldest and best preserved of its kind in North America. Tonight we stay in the historical city of Medicine Hat, at the Quality Inn Medicine Hat (3T).
Day 4 Medicine Hat - Regina
Reaching the province of Saskatchewan, our first stop is in Moose Jaw, a small town marked by a mix of immigrants that came here over the last century. On our historical tour, a re-enactment in tunnels below the streets highlights the prohibition era when Moose Jaw played a role in supplying illegal liquor to the United States via the Soo Line and infamous gangsters such as Al Capone. We then head to Regina where we visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre - Regina is home to the sole training academy. Stay at the Sandman Hotel & Suites Regina (3T) tonight.
Day 5 Regina - Waskesiu Lake
Our journey continues today to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park. We step back in time with a guided tour on the Path of the People, for a glimpse of what life was like on the prairie for the Indigenous peoples up to 6,000 years ago. Continuing north, the landscape turns more rugged and the forest begins to expand over the horizon as you arrive at Elk Ridge Resort (4T), where we stay tonight.
Day 6 Waskesiu Lake
Enjoy a day relaxing in the heart of the boreal forest. There are plenty of outdoor activities in the area, including boating adventures, bikes for hire and walking trails of varying lengths through beautiful scenery of the Lakeland region and Prince Albert National Park.
Day 7 Waskesiu Lake - Lloydminster
Lloydminster is a town of two regions with half the residents living in Saskatchewan and the other half in Alberta, the result of a provincial border being marked out two years after the town was founded. Despite rivalry across the border, they take their pick of which laws, rules and time zone they follow from the two provinces. We stay at Days Hotel & Suites - Lloydminster (3T), in the Alberta half.
Day 8 Lloydminster Edmonton
After a short drive, we arrive at the seat of Alberta’s provincial government, Edmonton. The city is home to the grand public buildings and monuments that commemorate its administrative position, as well as large urban parks, bike paths and pedestrian walkways that let you discover fascinating sights and a thriving theatre scene. We stay overnight at Sandman Signature Edmonton South Hotel (4T), on the outskirts of the city.
Day 9 Edmonton - Jasper
This morning we visit West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America, for some retail therapy before we embark on a journey into gorgeous protected wilderness, winding through the passes and valleys of the incredible Rocky Mountains. We arrive in the outdoor-adventure hub of Jasper, where our home for the next two nights is Lobstick Lodge (3T).
Day 10 Jasper
We spend today exploring the charming town of Jasper and the stunning parkland that surrounds it. Jasper National Park is the largest and one of the oldest parks in Canada, a vast area of epic mountain peaks, 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls and crystalline lakes. We visit spectacularly beautiful Maligne Lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and three glaciers. You have the option to take a cruise on the calm turquoise waters for a different view of the scenery, including much photographed Spirit Island, said to be named after a heartbroken tribesman.
Day 11 Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise
Today we travel on to Lake Louise, where we stay at Lake Louise Inn (3T). En route we stop at the Columbia Icefield, to take a walk on the glacier and drink its fresh water before strolling along the Glacier Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 280m above the valley, where you can appreciate the spectacular glacial landscape and its wildlife. We continue for an adventure to the Athabasca Glacier (subject to favourable weather conditions), with an experienced driver-guide who shares important details on the glaciers, icefields and their impact on the environment.
Day 12 Lake Louise
We start our day with an exploration of the spectacular area of Lake Louise, named for Victoria’s sixth child, and then take a sightseeing tour of Banff - a town built partly to accommodate the hordes of rich Victorians who wished to enjoy the local hot springs and stunning surrounds. We continue on to Boundary Ranch. On this 80-year old ranch, adorned with memorabilia of the old western way of life, we take a fun hay ride in the serene Kananaskis Valley and enjoy a rustic BBQ chicken lunch, before returning across the Canadian Rockies to our hotel.
Day 13 Lake Louise - Calgary - In flight
Enjoy most of the day at leisure in Banff - you may like to take an optional excursion to view the Rockies from a helicopter or from a gondola, as you make your way up over treetops to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Later in the day, we transfer to Calgary Airport and our direct, scheduled Air Canada flight to London.