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Canada’s West: Experience the Northern Lights on a Winter Wonderland Luxury Small-Group Tour

Witness the magic of winter in Canada’s West – the best place in the world for watching the spectacular Northern Lights – on a 12-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Chase the Northern Lights in Yellowknife, which enjoys at least 200 starlit viewing nights a year. Cosy up next to the woodfire in dedicated teepees in Aurora Village and snuggle up in heated chairs that spin 360 degrees for perfect Northern Lights viewing. Experience Vancouver, the vibrant waterfront city with nature on its doorstep, home to foodies’ paradise Gastown, then travel to wildly beautiful Banff National Park for unforgettable moments including an evening ice walk of Johnston Canyon and a picture-perfect sleigh ride through the Rockies. Spend two nights at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, learn to snowshoe and indulge in a fabulous Fairmont afternoon tea. Your tour includes 11 nights of luxury accommodation and feature stays – including the renowned Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the newly built Mount Royal Hotel in Banff – daily breakfast and select dining experiences (including a top-rated foodies’ tour in Gastown), domestic flights from Vancouver to Calgary and Calgary to Yellowknife, private expert local guides, all sightseeing and entrance fees, insider experiences, private airport transfers and transportation throughout, and so much more.

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12 Days
TWIN SHARE
Inclusion highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on Twin Share - you must purchase two packages
  • Eleven nights’ luxury accommodation and feature stays including three nights in the heart of Vancouver at the Sutton Place - a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel, three nights at the recently rebuilt Mount Royal Hotel perfectly located right on Banff Avenue, two nights at the magical Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and three nights in the Aurora capital at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife's best hotel
  • Daily breakfast and select dining experiences, including a traditional afternoon tea at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a cosy fondue dinner
  • Domestic flights from Vancouver to Calgary and Calgary to Yellowknife
12 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based
  • Eleven nights’ luxury accommodation and feature stays including three nights in the heart of Vancouver at the Sutton Place - a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel, three nights at the recently rebuilt Mount Royal Hotel perfectly located right on Banff Avenue, two nights at the magical Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and three nights in the Aurora capital at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife's best hotel
  • Daily breakfast and select dining experiences, including a traditional afternoon tea at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a cosy fondue dinner
  • Domestic flights from Vancouver to Calgary and Calgary to Yellowknife

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Chase the Northern Lights in Aurora Village, Yellowknife, the best place in the world for aurora viewing
  • Take a guided evening walk of Johnston Canyon in Banff
  • Watch for wildlife on a cosy sleigh ride through the Canadian Rockies
  • Ride the Banff Gondola to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree mountain views
  • Go snowshoeing with an expert guide in Lake Louise
  • Visit Stanley Park, Granville Island and more on a city tour of Vancouver
  • Explore the gastronomy of Gastown on a private foodie tour, rated one of the world’s best by Forbes

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The Experiences – Chase the Northern Lights, take a sleigh ride through the Rockies, go snowshoeing and more

Travel to Canada’s untamed, beautiful Northwest Territories, where wildlife outnumbers humans and rich culture, history and tradition collide to paint an unforgettable picture of this breathtaking country.

Visit the city of Yellowknife for three nights of Northern Lights viewing in ‘the aurora capital of the world’. Thanks to its clear skies and optimal location, Yellowknife boasts 200 perfect nights of ‘aurora borealis’ viewing – and you are travelling right in peak season.

Watch the spectacular natural light show from the heated tepees of Aurora Village, set out on an expansive wilderness property with bespoke heated chairs that swivel 360 degrees to allow for perfect viewing. Complimentary winter clothing, including Canada Goose parkas, will be provided for extra-cosy viewing nights.

Make the most of Yellowknife’s winter wonderland with an exciting dogsledding excursion across the frozen lake, an afternoon of fun on a giant ice slide, snowshoeing and guided tours taking you deeper into the history and the culture of its indigenous people – then warm up toasting marshmallows by the fire.

Enjoy a city tour of Vancouver, the waterfront city with spectacular nature on its doorstep, visiting Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown and more. Take a food tour through Gastown – rated one of the best in the world by Forbes – trying Canadian delicacies and meeting local restaurateurs as you dine in four of the historic neighbourhood's best restaurants while enjoying matched cocktails, craft beers and award-winning wines.

Immerse yourself in the local wildlife in Banff at the hands of an expert guide, learning about nature’s clever winter survival tactics and take a breathtaking evening ice walk through Johnston Canyon, where the rushing water of the falls and creek are the only thing that disturb the perfect stillness of the surrounding woods.

Huddle into a warm woollen blanket on a magical sleigh ride through the Canadian Rockies, watching for grazing elk and coyotes, then warm up with hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire. Step into the Banff Gondola and enjoy panoramic views of the majestic landscape as you ascend the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain.

Head to one of the highlights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Banff National Park, Lake Louise, and embrace snowshoeing on a mountaintop tour offering incredible birds-eye views of the Rockies.

Stay cosy throughout your tour with magical moments around the campfire, crackling log fires and winter treats including a fondue, roasted marshmallows, soothing hot chocolate and Canadian maple cookies, plus plenty of blankets and even complimentary loaned winter clothing in Yellowknife.

The Accommodation – Stay in five-star Fairmont luxury in Lake Louise and at the brand-new Mount Royal in Banff

Located in an amphitheatre of majestic mountain peaks, surrounded by the glistening lake and Victoria Glacier, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise places you in the beating heart of Banff National Park. Breathe in its history as a base for alpinists and admire the way the property has been transformed to provide luxury accommodation, with a five-star spa and exceptional dining experiences. Partake in the wonderful tradition of afternoon tea here, dining on fresh seasonal berries with alpine whipped cream, finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones and more overlooking Lake Louise. Optional winter activities here are straight out of a picture book and include ice skating on the lake and husky rides (charges apply).

Recently renovated, the Mount Royal in Banff blends its heritage mountain influence with modern design and impeccable luxury service. Standing proud in the heart of Banff for more than 100 years, the hotel draws heavily on its natural surroundings and remains intimately involved in the life and spirit of the region. Soak amid stunning mountain scenery in the rooftop hot tubs, find fascinating local art, photos and artefacts in the lobby museum and take quiet moments to reflect on historical tales and modern culture in the hotel library.

Your base in Yellowknife is The Explorer Hotel, a calm sanctuary to retreat to after breathtaking days in the Aurora capital. Warm up by the glow of the fire, take in tranquil forest views and stargaze in a property that brings you closer to nature.

A perennial Condé Nast Traveler Gold List favourite and named in Travel and Leisure’s Top 500 List of hotels, The Sutton Place Hotel welcomes you in Vancouver with an unrivalled location near the city’s bustling shopping, arts and entertainment precincts. Elegant décor and first-class service bring a touch of European charm to the very Canadian backdrop of sea and mountains.

Your Package Includes:

  • Eleven nights’ luxury accommodation and feature stays including three nights in the heart of Vancouver at the Sutton Place - a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel, three nights at the recently rebuilt Mount Royal Hotel perfectly located right on Banff Avenue, two nights at the magical Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and three nights in the Aurora capital at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife's best hotel
  • Daily breakfast and select dining experiences, including a traditional afternoon tea at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a cosy fondue dinner
  • Domestic flights from Vancouver to Calgary and Calgary to Yellowknife
  • Three nights of spectacular Northern Lights viewing at Aurora Village, in heated tepees and bespoke heated chairs that spin 360 degrees
  • Complimentary winter clothing pack during your stay in Yellowknife, including Canadian goose-down parkas, winter pants, boots, mitts and face mask
  • Dogsled over a frozen lake in Yellowknife and a sleigh ride through the Canadian Rockies
  • Ride to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain in the Banff Gondola with an included lunch
  • Mountaintop snowshoeing in Banff National Park
  • Private foodie tour in Gastown, Vancouver with matching cocktails and award-winning wines – rated one of the world’s top food tours by Forbes
  • Guided evening ice walk and star gazing at Johnston Canyon in Banff
  • Return airport transfers and transportation during the tour
  • Services of expert local and wildlife guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
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