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The Sunday Times Travel writers Mark Hodson and David Wickers.

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Canadian Rockies

Our verdict:

The most awe-inspiring views of the Rockies, the spine of mountains that form the backbone of North America, lie in Canada. More precisely, they lie within a single World Heritage Site that straddles British Columbia and Alberta. Drive yourselves or, for the ultimate in scenic rail journeys, travel from Vancouver aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.

Recommended tour operator: Canadian Sky

Jaw-dropping scenerySee polar bears in the wildTake the train

Canadian Sky says

Discover the natural beauty of Western Canada and the spectacular Rocky Mountains on one of our tailor-made holidays.

  • Classic rail journey
  • Natural wonders
  • Self-drive options

If you like the freedom of the open road, our eight-day self-drive Rocky Mountain Journey holiday travels through the Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper National Parks from Calgary to Vancouver.

The 14-day Great Parks of the West tour is a circular tour from Vancouver with time spent in the famous Rocky Mountain towns of Whistler, Jasper and Banff, plus a day in the lush wine region of the Okanagan Valley.

A ride on the Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world’s great experiences. We offer a wide range of Rocky Mountaineer rail holidays including the popular Journey Through the Clouds Explorer itinerary. Starting in “Cow-town” Calgary and culminating in cosmopolitan Vancouver, this nine-day tour combines all the must-see attractions of the Canadian Rockies including a two-day rail trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, a helicopter ride over the Rockies and guided tours of Jasper, Yoho National Park and Banff.

Our diverse range of tours includes Trans Canada by Rail, a 14-night coast-to-coast journey from Toronto to Vancouver that includes Niagara Falls, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, the Rocky Mountaineer.

Check out our indispensable A to Z guide to touring Canada by rail.

For something completely different, visit the Rockies in winter. Not just the preserve of skiers, we offer holidays to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper during the winter months with experiences that include horse-drawn sleigh-rides, snow-shoeing and winter wildlife tours. Check out our Rockies Winter Wonderland Experience for example.

See our website for the full range of wildlife, ranching and motorhome holidays as well as tailor-made self-drive tours, city breaks, rail experiences, escorted tours and Canadian cruise holidays.

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