Local Tips for Traveling with your BFF in Western Canada
Whether you are traveling with your BFF, reconnecting with a close friend you haven’t seen in ages, or planning a bestiemoon to celebrate your friendship with the ultimate getaway, these must-see destinations across Western Canada will not disappoint!
1. Explore Banff with your BFF
The only thing better than visiting Banff, is visiting with your best friend! After all, you can’t spell Banff without BFF. Set in the heart of Banff National Park, there’s no shortage of things to do, sights to see, and memories to be made in the lively and beautiful town of Banff. Soak in 100% natural mineral water flowing at the Banff Upper Hot Springs, or elevate your wellness experience with a day at the Willow Stream Spa. Embark on an evening wildlife safari for your best chance to spot elk, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears. Explore the best of Banff with your best friend.
STAY: For an experience as unique as your friendship, stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs. This charmed, Scottish baronial-styled castle offers sweeping mountain vistas, championship golf courses, world-class skiing and snowboarding and a true taste of place in a pristine wilderness.
SEE: Instagrammable spots you won’t want to miss while visiting Banff together include: Banff Gondola, Banff Cave and Basin, and Surprise Corner
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2. Reconnect & Retreat IN Lake Louise
We all have that friend—the one you might not see very often, but the moment you reconnect is feels like yesterday. Months, perhaps even years may have passed, but neither of you would miss a beat to spend quality time together and pick up the conversation naturally where it was left off. Carve out time to celebrate your friendship and plan the ultimate retreat to Lake Louise, the perfect place to reconnect together. Blaze new trails together by horseback or embark on a canoe journey across the lake to feel like the only ones on the serene, turquoise waters. Feel the soul of this special, wild place. Laugh harder than you both have in a long time.
STAY: Elegant and lavish, yet relaxed and welcoming, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise lives up to the natural wonder that can be seen from your window. Step outside for an easygoing lakeside stroll, or half-day hike to a historic alpine Tea House. Stay in and enjoy the luxurious amenities of your room and suite, in excellent company.
SEE: Sites near Lake Louise you’ll want to remember together together include: Lake Moraine, Lake Agnes Tea House, Sentinel Pass.
LOCAL TIPFor an experience that will stay with you long after you’ve both departed, embark on a wellness retreat in Lake Louise. Hit the re-set button and find balance, connection and peace. Retreats are much less daunting when you have your best friend experiencing each moment with you. Try a new way to rejuvenate, reflect and spark creativity with other participants who have never attended a retreat before.
3. Friends & Family Reunion in Jasper
Some friends are so close you consider them family. These are the friends who have been there for every birthday, holiday, hardship and celebration. They get along well with your siblings, parents and have been invited on family vacations, reunions, and weekend trips. It only makes sense to make them a part of your next grand getaway. Explore wide open wilderness in Jasper National Park with enough natural wonders, wildlife, trails and sights to suit everyone’s passions and interests. Paddle and cycle for miles by land or lake. Stargaze the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky preserve. Or try rock climbing in the Rocky Mountains—a true Canadian bucket list experience.
STAY: When in Jasper, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is the place to create mountain memories with your very own quintessentially Canadian cabin. Enjoy S’mores by the firepit, glowing sunsets on the shores of Lac Beauvert, extraordinary night skies, and the Northern Lights. There’s an old-school ease to days at the lodge filled with canoeing and hiking, golfing and stargazing, and sipping hearthside cocktails in the retro glamour of the Emerald Lounge. Learn more about luxury cabin retreats at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
LOCAL TIPTravel and stay together in your own private luxurious cabin, featuring a fully stocked kitchen, pool table, outdoor patio and barbecue area. Each Signature Cabin at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has its own persona, distinct amenities, and includes Butler Service so you can focus less on the detail and more on your friends and family. With extra room for everyone, your next friends & family reunion will be the best yet!
SEE: Secret spots you won’t want to miss while visiting Jasper together include: Maligne Canyon, Jasper Sky Tram, and Spirit Island
4. Whistler Adventure Bestiemoon
Bestiemoon (n.) – a major trip or vacation you take with your best friend(s). It’s about time you had an occasion to plan the perfect vacation with your besties. Come closer together than ever with memorable adventures in Whistler. Embark on a whitewater rafting voyage for a true Canadian thrill. Chase waterfalls and hike off the tourist track. Take your friendship to new heights and soar above the trees, side-by-side on dual zip-lines. End your day by unwinding and rejuvenating at Scandinave Spa Whistler.
STAY: Naturally spectacular, Fairmont Chateau Whistler resort delivers on peak views and guest perks that make all the difference. Whistler Experience Guide excursions and tours are the perfect opportunity for guests to explore the spectacular mountainside setting. Rise and shine with sunrise paddle boarding at Lost Lake, or opt for a hiking, biking, or brewery tour with local guides.
LOCAL TIPTake your bestiemoon to the next level with ultra-luxurious amenities and special extra touches with a Fairmont Gold Experience. You and your friends will enjoy exclusive Gold concierge service and private Gold Lounge access—which includes hot & cold continental breakfast, full honor bar, delicious evening canapés and (all day) tea and coffee to make every moment golden.
SEE: Secret spots you won’t want to miss while visiting Whistler include: Cloudraker Skybridge, Vallea Lumina, Lost Lake. Discover the best of Whistler.
Furry Friends & Traveling with Pets
Worried about leaving your four-legged furry friend behind? Don’t worry—all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are pet-friendly, which is purrrrfect for traveling with your furry BFF. Keep them part of your pack with our dog-friendly favorites in Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, and Whistler.