October 17, 2017

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Canadian Mountain Vacations

Western Canada, an adventure awaits you.

American Mountain Holidays has worked and traveled in the western Canadian mountains for over 30 years. British Columbia and Alberta contain some of the most majestic and picturesque scenery on the planet. Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the mountains there are like no other on earth. Canada is on a different scale. Big, vast, a little less tamed, a little more pristine. The coastal mountains see large amounts of snow in winter and sunshine in the summer. Vancouver is as cosmopolitan city as you’ll ever want to visit; with its own unique influences of First Nation coastal tribes, the Europeans who settled the area and Asians who came east to seek the fortunes of a new frontier.

Whistler/Blackcomb is the major resort we operate into. As host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is truly a world class destination with two huge mountains for snowboarding and skiing. Every activity that makes up the mountain lifestyle can be found here, winter or summer.

The interior of British Columbia offers a half dozen smaller mountain towns located along the few highways that dissect the province and here you will find great fly fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain and road biking as well as hiking and climbing that will suit any person with a yearning for mountain adventure. In winter the snow is deep and drier than you find in the coastal range to the west and there are vast expanses of incredible terrain. This explains why it is the birthplace of helicopter skiing and today you will find more heli ski operations here than any other place in the world. If you have a bucket list, a week-long stay in a remote luxury lodge with nothing but a helicopter for a ski lift should be on it. It is the pinnacle of any snow riders experience.

American Mountain Holidays has recently expanded it’s destinations into the carefully chosen town of Golden, British Columbia. Located three hours west of Calgary and about two hours west of Banff, Golden is located on the Trans Canada Highway. Still unspoiled by resort development you will find the friendly small town hospitality Canadians are famous for. At the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers and surrounded by five National Parks, (Yoho, Banff, Jasper, Glacier and Kootenay) this logging and railroad town is quietly becoming an alpine paradise. World class whitewater on the Kicking Horse River along with the wider rapids found on the Columbia River make this a rafter’s heaven. The hundreds of pristine streams that flow into these rivers offer outstanding fly fishing. Kicking Horse Resort, located 3 miles above the town offers the largest vertical downhill mountain biking in Canada.

Kicking Horse Resort in winter is a mecca of powder and steep skiing. 85 in bounds chutes with over 4,000 vertical feet of riding and skiing will keep you in shape. Two heli skiing operations service the area along with a destination snowcat service. Guided backcountry and sidecountry powder skiing is in every direction. Golden, B.C. is a place you’ll be hearing more about and is on our “special places” list.

Over the divide and into Alberta you will find two of our favorite mountain destinations, Banff and Lake Louise. Located within an easy one hour drive from Calgary, Banff is located just inside the National Park. What started as a railroad siding with a hot springs became a world renown destination with the construction of the Banff Springs Hotel. The town has grown in a slow and managed way and is first a summer destination with the spectacular scenery as the draw and then with 3 ski areas close by has become the second largest ski destination in Canada behind Whistler.

Forty five minutes west on the scenic Trans Canada highway is the small but beautiful Lake Louise. A summer resort for many years it has attracted snowboarders and skiers for its great winter ski resort. Some of our favorite hotels are located here, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Deer Lodge. You will find one of our favorite hike to or ski to lodges, The Skoki Lodge, located 6 miles via hike or touring skis from the Lake Louise ski area. Cool? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dropped in for a stay this past summer.

This concludes our overview of our destinations in western Canada. We hope you will allow us to plan a trip for you to this great summer and winter destination. We have many tips and excursions, restaurants and shops for you to visit. Give us a call at our toll free number, this is a destination that you will remember forever.