Ontario has Toronto and Niagara; British Columbia has Vancouver and Whistler. Alberta comes third on UK visitors’ lists, according to the Canadian Tourist Commission. But this may well change in 2014, with the opening of the Glacier Skywalk, (video below – opening 17 May, £15 adults/£7 children) on the Icefields Parkway, between Banff and Jasper. The horseshoe-shaped, glass-floored walkway (similar to the Grand Canyon Skywalk) takes visitors 280m above the Sunwapta valley, over crashing waterfalls.
The Glacier View Inn has a glacier package (from £84pp for double room and tour). World-class skiing is an hour or two’s drive away: try Lake Louise, named Canada’s best ski resort at theWorld Ski Awards. The Lake Louise Ski Area and Mountain Resort is one of the best ski areas in Alberta. There are 4,200 acres of skiable terrain and the mountain gets about 5m (15′) of fresh snow each year. Add to this 139 runs and 9 ski lifts and you’ve found skiing heaven! The Lake Louise Mountain Resort is the perfect base from which to hit the slopes with a full hire shop and some great cafes and restaurants to refill your tank after a few hours of hard skiing.
For city life try Calgary, which has gone from cowboy town to cosmopolitan cool. Calgary mixes big city energy with renowned western hospitality to offer an experience you’ll always remember in a city you’ll never forget. The unspoiled natural beauty of rolling foothills, spectacular Canadian Rockies and the contrasting flat prairies positions Calgary in the heart of a year-round destination, where opportunity awaits.