Canada's Rocky Mountaineer Train

Top 5 experiences not to miss in Western Canada

Canada is home to a wealth of incredible experiences that are sure to become highlights of your next Canadian holiday. Whether you enjoy breathtaking scenery, rewarding hikes or simply learning more about the local culture and traditions, there are plenty of picturesque places to take your breath away.
Travelling to Western Canada soon? Here are our top five experiences.

1. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer

When you think of Canada, majestic mountains and spectacular scenery are sure to spring to mind. So, what better way to experience Canada’s remarkable natural wonders than by travelling by train on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer?

Marvel at the beauty of the glaciers, lakes and forests as you ascend through the soaring, rugged snow-capped mountains of Canada’s highest peak, Mount Robson on the ‘Journey Through the Clouds’ from Vancouver to Jasper. Alternatively, embark on the ‘First Passage to the West’, the most popular route connecting Banff and Vancouver.
Canada's Rocky Mountaineer Train

2. Nature and wildlife

Another of the top reasons to come to Canada is for its spectacular and diverse range of wildlife. April and May are the best times to travel to Canada particularly for wildlife viewing as this is when bears emerge from hibernation and you might even spot bear cubs with their mothers.

Plan to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks, the home of the iconic Canadian wildlife including elk, moose, black and grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, deer and caribou. 
Canadian Black Bear

3. Glacier Ice Explorer

Canada is home to thousands of glaciers and admiring this natural phenomenon is a must. Fortunately for Evergreen guests, you can view the Athabasca Glacier up close and personal at the Colombia Icefield.

Climb aboard an ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey on to the 300 metre thick glacier and listen to the ancient stories of the land from your guide before stepping right onto the glacier itself.
Ice Explorer in Canada

4. Ascend Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park

Whilst in Banff National Park, be sure to ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views over the surrounding six mountains, Bow River and the town of Banff.

At the summit, you may also encounter some of the Canadian wildlife including Big Horn Mountain Sheep and marmots. If you enjoy walking, there are a number of trails and interpretive boardwalks you can experience at the top.

Alternatively, for those feeling more energetic, why not breathe in the fresh mountain air as you hike to the summit along the Sulphur Mountain trail.
Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park

5. Maligne Canyon

Discover Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies, with a depth of more than 50 metres in some parts. Catering to walkers of all abilities, there are a number of paths you can take to explore the canyon and the river with access via a number of bridges.

See the spectacular waterfall, with the best views available from bridge three. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic Rockies dinner at Wilderness Kitchen, an original Canadian smokehouse located at the canyon trailhead, as well as a special horns and antlers presentation.
Lake Maligne in Western Canada

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