Day 1: Edmonton
Explore the protected snow draped landscape of Elk Island National Park and learn about park habitat and wildlife on a guided interpretive snowshoe tour. Watch for free roaming bison, birds and even elk, deer and moose foraging for food in the snow.
Wander through original contemporary and historical art exhibits at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the heart of the city’s arts district. You’ll marvel at the gallery’s impressive architecture, which features a 190 m (623 ft) steel ribbon that winds through the building’s interior and exterior.
Day 2: Jasper
From Edmonton the Yellowhead Highway stretches west through prairie farmland and forested foothills into the rugged Canadian Rockies. Drive, or travel in style aboard VIA Rail, which offers plenty of time to relax and take in panoramic mountain views. Once in Jasper, pop by the Visitor Information Centre to learn about the area’s attractions and guided tours, award-winning restaurants and shops. Edmonton to Jasper: 358 km (222 mi.)
500 Connaught Drive, Jasper, Alberta
Set out on an adventure to explore Maligne Canyon and its unique cave system. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll walk along the frozen canyon floor past naturally formed ice sculptures and icefalls. If you choose a night walk, be sure to take some time to admire the starlit sky – Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves.
Day 3: Jasper
Head to Marmot Basin for epic powder snow and some of the most breathtaking views in the Canadian Rockies. Whether you ski or snowboard, you’ll find terrain here suitable for all abilities.
Day 4: Edmonton
Return to Edmonton on Via Rail or by way of the Yellowhead Hwy. Upon arrival, visit West Edmonton Mall, which is the size of a small city and features over 800 shops, services, accommodation, indoor waterpark and amusement park.