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Ranchland and Prairies Fly Drive Holiday

  • Calgary
  • Drumheller
  • Kyle
  • Lloydminster
  • Edmonton
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • 13 nights from
  • £2,299 per person
  • Trip Code: 1058

    • Book by 30 June and save £150pp
    • Receive a free £50 M&S gift card

Holiday Overview

Ranchland and Prairies - a superb Canada Fly Drive Holiday

 

Discover a world of fossils, cowboy culture and central Canada treasures on a unique new itinerary combining new destinations in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The communities and landscapes that dot the roads leading west to the grass and wheat fields of the country are seldom seen by larger tours and offer a distinctive perspective on the area and its history. Authentic ranches demonstrate how life on horseback was for the settlers of the 19th century and stays in modern urban centres show the changing face of their community and philosophies. Historical re-enactments and guided tours round out an intriguing holiday experience.

Ranchland and Prairies Fly Drive Holiday includes:

  • Return UK flights
  • Coach transfer from Calgary Airport to downtown hotel
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Car Hire
  • Full Board basis at La Reata Ranch
  • Admission to Wasnuskewin Heritage Park
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Day 1 - Arrive in Calgary

Arrive Calgary International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure for perhaps visiting Heritage Park, the Calgary Tower or one of the many other attractions the city has to offer. Overnight in Calgary

Featured accommodation

Sandman Hotel Calgary

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Day 2 - Calgary to Drumheller (135 KM)

Leaving the city and heading east, you pass through the outer reaches of Calgary’s expansive communities and bass into the Badlands – an arid, rocky region displaying the geological and paleontological history of the last 200 million years. This area is one of the largest, accessible dinosaur fields in the world, producing thousands of fossils with new discoveries every year. You may like to independently visit the Royal Tyrell Museum that tells the story of the ancient animals that roamed the lands eons ago. Overnight in Drumheller.

Featured accommodation

Travelodge by Wyndham Drumheller AB

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Day 3 - Drumheller to Kyle/La Reata Ranch (393 KM)

Today we journey across Alberta over the provincial border into Saskatchewan – the Bread Basket of Canada. Although famous for its near-endless wheat fields, the province is home to a diverse environment of rolling plains, northern forests and waterways. Arriving at La Reata Ranch, the next two days are yours to explore this beautiful landscape on horseback during the day, and spend the evenings living the social life of a Canadian cowboy. Overnight at La Reata Ranch. All meals included.

Featured accommodation

La Reata Ranch

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Day 4 - La Reata Ranch

Discover your inner cowboy. Ranch activities are suitable for beginners or experienced riders. Explore the open range and enjoy the picturesque landscapes along Lake Diefenbaker. La Reata Ranch is a working ranch. Guests are welcome, but not required, to help with traditional ranch duties.  

The ranch stretches more than 14 km along the lake. Activities such as canoeing, fishing, water skiing, swimming or relaxing on the beach offer a welcomed change after riding the range. In the evening, gaze at the starlit prairie sky or swap tales of your adventures of the day at La Reata Saloon. Overnight at La Reata Ranch. All meals included.

Featured accommodation

La Reata Ranch

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Day 5 - Kyle to Regina (311 KM)

The journey today leads to Moose Jaw. The downtown is packed full of heritage buildings, unique shops and excellent restaurants. At the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, immerse yourself into the world of Prohibition-era bootleggers in the Chicago Connection Tours, or experience the life of a Chinese immigrant working at an underground laundry on the Passage to Fortune Tour. Continue onto Regina and tour the Heritage Centre of the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Overnight in Regina.

Featured accommodation

Sandman Hotel & Suites Regina

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Day 6 - Regina to Saskatoon (263km)

A recommendation for travellers to Saskatoon – come with an appetite. The city’s food and drink scene is phenomenal. Start your day with breakfast in the popular Riversdale neighbourhood. A stroll through downtown Saskatoon offers plenty of shopping as well as cultural attractions. Art lovers will enjoy the Remai Modern museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocut prints, along with nearly two dozen ceramic works by the Spanish master. Overnight at Sandman Hotel & Suites Saskatoon or Delta Hotels by Marriott Bessborough.

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Day 7 - Saskatoon/Wanuskewin

Today visit the spectacular Wanuskewin, known for centuries as 'The Gathering Place”. Six thousand years ago, Wanuskewin echoed with the thundering hooves of bison and the voices of Indigenous peoples from across the Northern Plains. The nomadic tribes who roamed the lands gathered on this site of natural beauty where today visitors can relive the stories of a people who came here to hunt bison, gather food and herbs and escape the winter winds. Walking in their footsteps throughout the incredible interactive displays, you will understand why this site was a place of worship and celebration, of renewal with the natural world and of a deep spirituality. Overnight in Saskatoon.

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Day 8 - Saskatoon to Lloydminster (273 KM)

Today you head for the provincial border - and stop on the very edge of it! Lloydminster is a town of two regions with half the residents living in Saskatchewan and the other half in Alberta. Aside from its unique location, the community has come to embrace the arts and culinary diversity with its small galleries, restaurants and casual eateries. Overnight in Lloydminster. 

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Day 9 - Lloydminster to Edmonton (250KM)

After a short 2.5-hour drive, you arrive at the seat of Alberta’s provincial government, Edmonton. Although it is the administrative head of the province and boasts the grand public buildings and monuments that commemorate its title, the city is also home to large urban parks, bike paths and pedestrian walkways that let you discover fascinating sights and unique neighbourhoods. Overnight in Edmonton.

Featured accommodation

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

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Day 10 - Edmonton to Jasper (365 km)

The grandeur of the Rocky Mountains awaits! As you drive west into the foothills, the mountains grow in the distance until they are suddenly looming outside every window on today’s scenic drive. Winding your way through the passes and valleys, you arrive in the outdoor-adventure hub of Jasper. This quiet alpine town is home to magnificent lodges and the jumping off point for excursions, tours andother exciting attractions in Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper.

 

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

Enhance your experience

Chateau Jasper

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Day 11 - Jasper

Today is free to spend around this quiet alpine town. Perhaps take in a lunch at one of the many restaurants, or browse some of the local shops. Jasper is renowned as the starting point for days of adventure to be had around the park. You may wish to arrange a Maligne Lake boat cruise or take a ride on the Jasper SkyTram (activities and tours at additional cost). Overnight in Jasper.

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

Enhance your experience

Chateau Jasper

Unmissable Experiences

Jasper Experiences

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Day 12 - Jasper to Banff (288 KM)

Drive to Banff via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake, Lake Louise, Columbian Icefield Centre and Athabasca Falls to name a few en route. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snowcapped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Overnight in Banff.

Featured accommodation

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Unmissable Experiences

Glacier Skywalk

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Day 13 - Banff

Make today a day of discovery in Canada’s most famous Rocky Mountain community! The exclusive shops and restaurants that line Banff Avenue bring the tastes and goods of the world to your fingertips. Elk stroll along the wide central boulevards, creating a surreal mix of human and wildlife habitation. Perhaps arrange a visit to Banff Natural History Museum or gondola ride. Or for the more adventurous, try river rafting or a sidecar tour (activities and tours at additional cost). Overnight in Banff.

Featured accommodation

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Unmissable Experiences

Banff Experiences

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Day 14 - Banff to Calgary / End of Tour (125 KM)

Today you descend from the mountains back through the foothills en route to Calgary International Airport in time for your return flight.

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