Cityscape to 'bubble' lake

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Cityscape to 'bubble' lake

  From exploring Calgary’s urban  playground to skiing, snowshoeing and even fl ying across mountains to explore  frozen ‘bubblelakes, Alberta certainly proved an adventure for intrepid agents  who joined a recent winter fam trip  hosted by Travel Alberta.
  Starting in Calgary, the agents enjoyed a  walking tour where they learned all about  the ways of Calgarians and the city's rich  tradition of art and architecture.  
  The group then climbed one of its most  iconic landmarks: the Calgary Tower. The  more adventurous had the chance to ‘step  out into space’ by trying out the glass fl oor  observation deck, which is 36 feet long and  more than four feet wide – apparently it can  hold the weight of three hippos though!
  Their feet fi rmly back on land, the group  visited Calgary Zoo, one of the top zoos in  the world for conservation research and the  best way to learn about Canada’s bears and  cougars without a face-to-face encounter.
  Leaving the city behind, the group  transferred to the snowy town of Banff ,  where they picked up SkiBig3 passes to use  across three resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake  Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay.
  The spectacular views of mountains,  glaciers, lakes and forests made partaking in  winter sports a must – even for novices.  The agents enjoyed more than 3,300  acres of skiable terrain, ranging from gentle  beginner runs to extreme  mountain piste at Sunshine;  4,200 acres spread across  four mountain faces at  Lake Louise, one of the largest ski resorts in  North America; and learned that Mt. Norquay  off ers the only night skiing in Banff , including  a fully-lit terrain park for boarders.
  They also tested their skills in  Jasper's Marmot Basin, which  off ers 45cm of natural snow from  November through to May.
  Away from the slopes the agents  were treated to the ultimate  high in the form of a Rockies Heli  Canada Bubbles Tour. They fl ew to a  snowshoeing location in the Rockies and  then experienced the Abraham Lake ice  bubbles – a natural phenomenon which sees  methane gas bubbles freeze under the lake  surface to stunning eff ect.
  Also for non-skiiers, a Johnston Canyon ice  walk presented a great opportunity to get  close-up to a natural wonder. The agents  walked among the gigantic pillars of ice with  views into the gorge below before arriving  at Upper Falls a glittering tower of ice that  rises 30 metres above human heads!
  Following what was quite the active  itinerary, there was just enough time to relax,  unwind and refl ect at the Kananaskis Nordic  Spa, complete with a relaxation lodge, fi ve  outdoor pools, fi ve steam and sauna cabins,  and massage therapists. The perfect way to  ease away those boot aches.
  “Alberta in the winter is truly spectacular  and dare I say it's even more beautiful than  summer,” said Laura Kirton of First Class  Holidays. “A personal highlight of mine was  taking a helicopter over the top of Rockies  to get that amazing birds-eye-view – it was  simply breathtaking.”

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