4 Ways to Upgrade Your Canadian Rockies Vacation
Sometimes you’ve just got to treat yourself! For an experience that matches the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, add these luxurious perks to your travel itinerary—each is a worthy splurge that will take your holiday to the next level.
Upgrade Your Swing
The Canadian Rockies provide a dramatic backdrop for golf, and no links boast better views than the Stanley Thompson-designed course at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The course was originally open in 1911, but expanded, redesigned and opened again in 1928. Built for a staggering (at the time) one million dollars, this par-71 masterpiece is home to a notoriously challenging hole that’s earned the moniker “the Devil’s Cauldron.”
Upgrade Your Dinner
Near the base of the Banff Gondola on Sulphur Mountain lies the luxe Rimrock Resort Hotel, home to what’s arguably the very best restaurant in the region. At Eden, Executive Chef Randy Luft fuses fine French cuisine with the finest ingredients sourced from the Canadian Rockies. Winning top awards from Spectator and five diamonds from AAA/CAA (the only restaurant in western Canada to have such a distinction), the mouthwatering tasting menu ranges from lobster terrine to goose, venison and pheasant. Be sure to book ahead—reservations are most definitely required!
Upgrade Your Spirits
Micro-distilleries are popping up across Canada, but Banff’s Park Distillery is a true standout in two significant ways. Not only is it the only distillery in the country to be located inside the borders of a National Park, it can also claim to serve up some of the freshest spirits in the world. Made from grains grown on family farms in the Alberta foothills and with water sourced from six Rocky Mountain glaciers, the small batch vodka, rye and gin are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.
Upgrade Your Ride
Effectively an upgrade of everything from views to cuisine to hospitality, Rocky Mountaineer is simply the most spectacular means of making your way through the Canadian Rockies—unless, of course, you upgrade within the train itself. Splurging on GoldLeaf Service not only takes the scenery to the next level (with panoramic views courtesy of the bi-level, glass-dome coach), but also includes perks like complimentary drinks, cushy seating that puts your favourite living room recliner to shame, and attentive Hosts that cater to your every whim. Twice a day, you’ll descend a spiral staircase to the lower level dining room to enjoy a gourmet breakfast and lunch made from the finest ingredients in the Pacific Northwest.