Rugby Tours to Alberta
Our rugby tours to Alberta are a played by both male and female teams, you can choose to tour a specific region or mix and match between various travel zones.
One of our favourite tours takes in the fascinating region of Alberta. Located 8.5 hours’ flying time from London, Calgary is the gateway for teams visiting this region. We recommend taking a connecting flight to Edmonton and starting your rugby tour journey in the northern part of Alberta. Games are played at the innovative Ellerslie Rugby Park, home to five full time, manicured fields of exceptionally high standards, a venue that hosts the famous RugbyFest competition annually in May.
Travel south via coach to The Rocky Mountains where Banff lays in wait. Breathe in the fresh, mountain air as you enjoy a spot of wildlife viewing (it’s not uncommon for bears and moose to wander the pedestrianised streets), white water rafting, hiking, relaxing in the hot springs or soaking up the views from the Banff Gondola. This bustling town is the perfect point to pause and recharge batteries as part of any busy rugby tour to Canada itinerary.
Only two hours’ drive east lays Calgary, hosts to the 1986 Winter Olympics with many legacy landmarks still standing. Tour the Olympic Park, take the lift up Calgary Tower to enjoy a stretched view of the region and enjoy a visit to the Calgary Stampede Stadium. On that note, why not combine your summer rugby tour with their annual 7’s tournament held over the first week in July and enjoy the atmosphere generated by 50,000 visitors.
Where to stay in Alberta?
Rugby tours to Alberta are hosted in a variety of destinations: Banff, Calgary and Edmonton. Here is a sample of our hand-picked accommodation that is audited to UK regulatory standards.
The Fox Hotel & Suites are located on Banff’s main street, Banff Avenue, this hotel offers a traditional Rocky Mountains atmosphere, a free shuttle in to downtown Banff (a 1.5km walk), as well as a cave-inspired Hot Pool, a gym and on site Grill Restaurant, Chilli’s.
Each room includes a flat-screen TV, coffee maker and free Wi-Fi.
Located within the same complex as the Hilton Homewood Suites, the Hilton Garden Inn is located in Downtown Calgary. Just a short 15km journey from Calgary Airport, this hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Calgary’s main commercial strip – just 750 yards from Calgary Tower, the building that dominates the city sky line. With access to air conditioning, flat-screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi, this property is ideal for group accommodation.
Located in the heart of Edmonton, this is the ideal location for any rugby tour. Offering round the clock dining, your tour itinerary does not have to be affected by restricted meal times. A 24 hour gym and free Wi-Fi are also available for every guest. With various meeting room space available, you can also have team briefings during your stay.
Also, with the new Rogers Place Arena located just 2.5km away, you have a great chance to watch professional sport, such as an Edmonton Oilers Ice Hockey game.
What to do in Alberta?
Fill your free time between rugby matches exploring Canada. Some excursions in different locations that we recommend are:
- White Water Rafting
- Hot Springs
- Wildlife Safaris
- Calgary Tower
- West Edmonton Mall
When to visit Alberta?
Here at MSG Tours, we understand that school term time can be super hectic so we’ve found a place where rugby season is available during the summer holidays. Season occurs from June to October, ideal for the summer break (and also, October half term).
Find out where previous groups travelled to on their rugby sports tours:
View other past rugby tours here
Get in touch with us to chat about how Alberta would make the perfect destination for your next school rugby trip or rugby team tour.