Day 1: Calgary
Wander through the Mavericks exhibit at the Glenbow Museum to learn about the risky adventures of Alberta’s incorrigible founders through hands-on activities and over 700 artifacts. Afterwards, head to the world’s highest 360-degree observation deck where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and Canadian Rockies.
Visit the Calgary Zoo and stroll through the Canadian Wilds to see the cougars, wolves, caribou, bison and bighorn sheep. Most of the animals are still very active in the winter so it’s a great way to view some of Alberta’s famous wildlife up close.
Day 2: Banff
Drive west along the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) towards the town of Banff and then continue on to Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Learn about the area’s First Nations and European pioneers, while exploring a pristine snow draped wilderness on a Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour. Calgary to Sunshine Village: 143 km (89 mi)
Return to the town of Banff and complete your day with a late afternoon soak in the restorative mineral pools at Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Day 3: Banff
A winter wildlife tour is a great way to experience the scenery, landmarks and historic places in Banff National Park. On this half-day tour, you’ll learn about park’s wildlife and how the discovery of natural mineral springs, commemorated at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, transformed the area and led to the creation of Canada’s national park system in 1885.
Just a few minutes from the town of Banff, you’ll find Mt. Norquay ski resort. Hit the slopes or head to Tube Town for a thrilling snow tubing adventure. The family-friendly mountain is excellent for beginners and the only option for night skiing in Banff National Park. Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort make up the park’s Ski Big 3 and between them offer almost 8,000 acres (12.5 sq mi) of skiable terrain. Take advantage of a tri-area lift pass and ski them all.
Day 4: Lake Louise
Head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to Lake Louise. En route stop for a winter ice walk in Johnston Canyon, where you’ll see the luminous ice sheets from the frozen falls cling to the walls and spill out over the canyon’s edges. Banff to Lake Louise: 57 km (35 mi)
Snuggle under a cozy buffalo rug and enjoy the thrill of the ride on an exhilarating dog sledding tour in spectacular Lake Louise. Then take the reins and learn how to mush your very own team of enthusiastic huskies.
Day 5: Lake Louise
Spend the morning carving through powder at Lake Louise Ski Resort, which is consistently ranked one of the best places to ski in Canada. When you’re ready to take a break, ski or snowboard to the slopeside Whitehorn Bistro for a gourmet lunch with spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies.
Rent a pair of ice skates and glide along the frozen surface of Lake Louise – one of the most scenic outdoor skating rinks in the world. End the day nestled under warm blankets on a horse drawn sleigh ride with incredible mountain vistas. Or, choose a romantic evening ride under a starlit sky.
Day 6: Canmore-Kananaskis
Drive to Canmore for an early morning ice walk in Grotto Canyon. Professional guides will lead you along a winding frozen creek bed to the glittering icefalls. You’ll learn about the area’s geology, history and may even see adventurous climbers scaling the frozen falls. Lake Louise to Canmore-Kananaskis: 81 km (50 mi)
Spend the afternoon cross-country skiing at the Canmore Nordic Centre, which was originally developed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. You’ll find more than 65 km (40 mi) of groomed and natural trails and spectacular views of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 7: Cochrane - Calgary
Drive east on the Trans-Canada (Hwy1) towards Calgary and stop in at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, near Cochrane. During a tour you’ll observe wolf behaviour firsthand and gain a better understanding of how these elusive animals live in the wild. Canmore to Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary: 66 km (41 mi)
Return to Calgary via the Hwy 1A and visit WinSport Olympic Park. You’ll find a terrain park, well-groomed runs for novice to expert skiers and snowboarders as well as a half pipe here. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to try out the winter bobsleigh ride, where you’ll fly down the track at upwards of 120 km/h (75 mph.) Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary to Calgary city limits: 40 km (25 mi)