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Ice Magic Festival in the Canadian Rockies

Overview

Featuring three nights at the Chateau Lake Louise and Banff National Park

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Calgary via Seattle, arriving early afternoon. Lunch is hosted before traveling into the Rockies and Canada’s first national park, Banff. In 1883, three railway workers discovered a natural hot spring, and from there the park was born. Nowadays, Banff is one of the world’s premiere destinations with unparalleled majestic mountain scenery. In Banff National Park you feel truly immersed in nature. Your accommodations are at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – 3 nights (L)

Lake Louise dog sleddingDays 2 & 3

Over the next two days experience Lake Louise at its winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival. Watch in amazement as internationally renowned professional ice carvers have 34 hours to work sculpting towering one-of-a-kind works of art from imposing blocks of solid ice on the shores of Lake Louise. With each ice block weighing a daunting 300lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labor in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry. Other attractions include an old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh ride along the Lake Louise shore (Dashing through the snow, anyone?) Travel through the forest with a dog sled team, an incredible ride one you will not forget any time soon. (2FB)

Banff Gondola, Sulpher Mountain, CanadaDay 4

Depart Lake Louise for the town of Banff. Today you have a guided tour around town. Sit back and relax in a 4-passenger, glass enclosed gondola. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360-degree view of six scenic mountain ranges. You will feel like you’re on top of the world, when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck. Check into your hotel located in the middle of town in the late afternoon. Banff Park Lodge – 2 nights (FB)

Town of Banff, Alberta, CanadaDay 5

During our last day in this winter wonderland you will have a free day to visit local museums, shop or perhaps take a dip in the hot springs. We will gather tonight for a hosted dinner at a favorite eatery. (FB,D)

Day 6

After breakfast travel back to Calgary for your flight home. (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 to Monday, January 20, 2020

6 Days
$3125
p.p./dbl.occ.
$3540
single

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