Alberta’s Kananaskis Country is surrounded by the towering Canadian Rockies and home to grassy meadows, swift mountain rivers and streams, and fascinating wildlife. Known as a mecca for outdoor recreation, it is also a prime destination for relaxing and indulge in spa treatments, watching the wildlife from the deck of a cozy lodge, or savouring regional cuisine at charming restaurants in Kananaskis Village. A perfect place to give thanks for all that is Canadian!
The autumn colours bring light to our drive as we head east through the incredible scenery of BC and Alberta, past the rolling hills and lakes of Shuswap Country and into the now snow capped mountains of four ranges. Destination is Kananaskis and the Delta Hotels Kananaskis Lodge, showcasing an incomparable location in gorgeous Kananaskis Village and a wealth of first-class amenities. Indulge your senses in Summit Spa, where a vast menu of wellness treatments awaits. Experience the pool, hot tub and steam room. Dine in one of the five fine restaurants. Stroll through the adjacent village to find your perfect viewpoint. Take a walk or hike on one of the many trails emanating from the village. Or just cozy up in an overstuff chair in the lobby with a good book. This is your chance to relax and unwind.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Delta, then head out to explore the resort town of Banff. The crowds have thinned but the attractions are still fantastic! Admission is included at the newly renovated Cave & Basin National Historic Site, where tourism to the area all began. There is lots to experience here. Take a walk around the Castle in the Rockies, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and maybe lunch in one of the ten restaurants on site. Ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an unrivaled view of the Bow Valley and surrounding mountains. Check out the4 Whyte Museum with art of the Rockies. Hike to Bow Falls. Or soak away the day in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. The coach will provide two transfers back to our hotel today. (B)
This morning features a scenic drive in the shadow of the Rockies through Kananaskis Country, an area blessed with ten provincial parks and one ecological reserve. See a less visited side of the Rockies, a region dotted with lakes and criss-crossed with epic hiking trails. Highlight is Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, re-named from Kananaskis Park after the long standing Alberta premier, and a stop at the Visitor & Information Centre to check out the displays, video and interpretive information. This afternoon a transfer is provided to nearby Stoney Nakoda Casino Hotel, where you can try your luck with the slots and tables. Join the group tonight for a delicious Thanksgiving celebration at the Delta. (D)
Watch the morning sun hit the Rockies as we retrace our route home, full of gratitude and serenity. (B)
B = Breakfast, CB = Continental Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception
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October 6, 2017