Wildlife, wilderness and electric blue lakes. Alberta holidays are a force of nature and a breath of mountain fresh air. No matter how you approach Alberta, there’s always something that will take your breath away. Home to the jaw dropping Canadian Rockies, the province encapsulates everything that’s spectacular about the great outdoors. Ice skate against a backdrop of monster mountains, take a gondola ride through the clouds, cut across glacial lakes by canoe and discover forested trails leading to magical waterfalls and emerald waters. The snowcapped peaks of Banff National Park are within touching distance. That dazzling jade green world of Lake Louise could almost be otherworldly. In Jasper National Park, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and elk live side by side and often come close to the road early morning and evening to feed. From here, you can sail across velvet waters to Spirit Island where scenery sparkles like a royal gem. Stay in Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper and you’re in prime position to explore Alberta’s resplendent national parks. Want to experience the wild in an entirely different way? The flashy cowboy city of Calgary, once a frontier town, answers that call. Entry point to the Rockies, it’s worth stopping here for the city’s hip food scene, heritage buildings and two-steppin' lifestyle. Looking to adventure through the wilds of the Canadian Rockies on Alberta holidays? North America by Kuoni offers you handpicked inspiration, we’ve done all the legwork, found the best hotels and crafted suggested itineraries.

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Alberta Regions

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Alberta

Holidays in Alberta

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 5 Star

As far as scenic locations go, it doesn’t get much better than on the shores of the world-famous Lake Louise. Scenery aside, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise brings its own charms to the table: grand décor, a host of great restaurants, and a rejuvenating spa.

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  • Calgary
  • 4.5 Star

Old-world charm and elegance ooze from this landmark Calgary hotel. Its timeless restaurant serves fabulous afternoon teas and brunches at the weekend, while its spa offers an indulgent pause from the bustle of downtown.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 5 Star

Like a fairytale palace rising from the mountain’s edge, Fairmont Banff Springs combines the rugged beauty of the Rockies with the grandeur of a Scottish castle. It features a huge spa, two pools, a golf course, and a fabulous range of restaurants.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 4.5 Star

Immersed in the beauty of Jasper National Park, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700-acre resort. It’s the ideal jumping-off point for outdoor activities and boasts the best golf course in Canada, a relaxing spa, cosy accommodations, and outstanding views.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 4 Star

A centrally located lodge style hotel with a modern, neutral and comfortable design.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 3 Star

A tranquil lodge just to the north of Jasper town.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 3.5 Star

Mount Royal Hotel pairs its can’t-beat-it location on Banff Avenue with oodles of charm. It’s a comfy place to rest your head and chat over rooftop cocktails in between hitting the trails or slopes.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 4.5 Star

The luxe Rimrock Resort Hotel sits right by Sulphur Mountain, close to the steaming Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola. Sophisticated restaurants and lounges, sumptuous suites, and views of the Canadian Rockies make it one of Banff’s best places to stay.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 3 Star

Lake Louise Inn is a laid-back option for adventurers. You can ski, hike, or canoe through pristine scenery before heading back for a swim at the hotel pool or dinner at one of the restaurants.

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  • Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
  • 3.5 Star

The Crimson is a warm and inviting base for adventure-seekers looking for a straightforward spot to rest their head. Suites with kitchens are practical for extended stays, and there’s the bonus of an indoor pool and hot tub.

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Sundog - Banff or Lake Louise to Jasper Tour

Follow the towering spine of the Canadian Rockies as you travel through two spectacular national parks. Depart from Banff or Lake Louise and travel northwards along the scenic Icefields Parkway. Enjoy a number of photo stops such as Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier along the way. From the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre you'll head out on to the Athabasca Glacier in a Ice Explorer snow coach. Continue on to the cliff-edge walkway - The Glacier Skywalk - and enjoy the views over the Sunwapta Canyon. The journey continues north to the town of Jasper where the tour ends.

• Departs daily from Lake Louise and Banff hotels
• Operates from 4 May to 14 October
• Group experience

Good to know
If weather conditions or closures cause a change to the itinerary, alternative stops will be arranged where possible. A picnic lunch is included and you will need to contact Sundog directly 48 hours in advcance of your trip.

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Mountains Lakes & Waterfalls from Banff or Lake Louise

Take a journey deep into the Rocky Mountains, seeking out glacier and snow-fed lakes backed by towering peaks. You'll visit Banff and Yoho National Parks and stop off at Lake Louise (except if you have booked the tour to start from here), Moraine Lake*, the Valley of the Ten Peaks and Takakkaw Falls**. As well as a barbecue lunch on the edge of Emerald Lake, you'll visit a view point that overlooks the Spiral Tunnels - an epic feat of engineering; see if you can follow the train tracks (or even a train if the timing is right) as they twist and turn and sporadically disappear into the mountain.

• Daily departures
• Operates from 4 May to 14 October
• Group experience

Good to know
*The road to Moraine Lake opens in late May (depending on snow conditions) and **the road to Takkakaw Falls opens in mid-June (depending on snow conditions). Alternative stops will be used before this date. Potential visits include Johnston Canyon, Marble Canyon, Field Visitor Centre, and Natural Rock Bridge. The itinerary will be at the driver's discretion on the day.

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Sundog - Jasper to Banff Tour

This one way trip between Jasper and Banff (or Lake Louise) has got to be one of the world's most spectacular transfers. Set off southwards along the Icefields Parkway, taking in the serrated peaks of the Rockies as you go. One of the first stops will be Athabasca Falls where water cascades into a winding, narrow gorge. Continue on to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, the base for your trip out on to the vast Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Glacier Explorer vehicle, and visit the Glacier Skywalk. Additional stops en route to Banff or Lake Louise include Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and the Weeping Wall.

• Departs daily
• Operates 4 May to 14 October
• Group experience

Good to know
If weather conditions or closures cause a change to the itinerary, alternative stops will be arranged where possible. A picnic lunch is included and you will need to contact Sundog directly 48 hours in advcance of your trip.

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Jasper Planetarium & Telescope Combo

Jasper National Park is the world's largest Dark Sky Preserve meaning that on clear nights, it is one of the best places to view the stars, planets, galaxies and any passing satellites. On this evening adventure, head to the town's planetarium where you'll learn about the universe and hear tales of indigenous Canadian constellations and the aurora borealis in the 40-seat dome theatre. It's then time to head outdoors to witness the night sky in more detail as you watch instant live footage captured through one of the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies (live viewing is dependent on weather conditions; be sure to dress warmly).

• Times and departure days are different depending on the time of year; please call for details
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

Good to know
Clear skies for live telescope viewing cannot be guaranteed.

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Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour

Discover Canada's most scenic mountain roadway, the Icefield's Parkway, featuring over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls. Venture onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designated Ice Explorer for a spectacular Ice Age adventure. Experience Jasper National Park's Glacier Skywalk as you step out onto a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley.

• Departs daily from the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre • Operates 4 May to 14 October • Group experience

Good to know
You will need to make your own way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre.

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Discover Banff & its Wildlife & Banff Gondola

Discover the town of Banff and its unspoiled natural surroundings. Tour highlights include Bow Falls, the hoodoos that are curiously shaped by centuries of erosion, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive overlooking the beautiful scenery of the Bow River Valley, and the magnificent Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Also included are tickets for the Banff Gondola, check-in assistance and return transportation to your hotel. Maple cookies and refreshments are provided.

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