The views of the Canadian Rockies through the glass domed windows of the train are etched into my mind as one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Staying at the iconic Fairmont properties was like a dream come true also.
I flew direct to Vancouver with Air Canada in economy class which is around 14 hours.
During my time in Vancouver, we visiting Stanley Park, the Butchart Gardens, Grouse Mountain and enjoyed the nightlife of Gastown. We took a cable car up Grouse Mountain for magnificent views of Vancouver, plus there is a wilderness sanctuary for endangered animals up there so we got to see a grizzly bear and wolf!
Jasper Township had a village feel about it with its quaint shops, however we spent most of our time at the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where we stayed in log cabins. It was surreal walking from the cabin to the main lodge and seeing elk just wandering around the resort. A swim in the outdoor heated pool with views of snow-capped mountains was lovely. Lounging around the lodge and dining in the restaurants was magnificent here.
Next stop was the Athabasca Glacier where we boarded a specialised Ice Explorer vehicle and could walk along the ice.
Then it was on to the spectacular Chateau Lake Louise where we strolled by the shores of the lake. A special moment for me was when it started to snow ever so lightly as we sat at the big picture windows overlooking the lake enjoying a wonderful meal.
The mountain town of Banff was one of my favourite towns with a lot of activities on offer, and here I stayed at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. We took a gondola ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for stunning views of Banff.
Our tour concluded in Calgary which is essentially a large city with a cowboy fever, famous for the annual Calgary Stampede event.