While it’s been widely speculated that the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex are off to Namibia for their honeymoon and Ireland for a mini-moon, the latest rumour posits that Harry and Meghan will head to a gorgeous Canadian mountain town to celebrate their nuptials.
Jasper, Alberta is the latest spot to surge into the honeymoon speculation spotlight, after the American gossip site TMZ reported that the couple was planning to stay there in a luxury cabin in the Rocky Mountains. The cabin is part of the opulent Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, found in Jasper National Park.
The report says that the pair would stay in the Outlook Cabin, which is also known as the Royal Retreat. It got the name after welcoming King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to a recreation of the cabin in 2005, as the original was destroyed in a fire. The cabin’s royal heritage means it’s not a stretch that Harry and Meghan would consider it for a holiday, and it wouldn’t be the first time the pair spent time together in Canada. Meghan lived in Toronto while filming her TV show Suits and the couple made their first public appearance together in the city at the Invictus Games.
However, the hotel has denied to the Canadian media the rumoured guests are coming, so it’s possible that’s it’s just another royal rumour. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a vacation fit for a Duke and Duchess in Alberta. In fact, province that drew its name from Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the daughter of Queen Victoria. Check out the royal experiences that you could have on your own trip to Alberta.
Named for the aforementioned princess, Lake Louise is the postcard-perfect image that ends up on any Canadian travel brochure. Located in Banff National Park, it’s famous for its towering mountains, aqua-hued lakes and epic glaciers. The park’s stunning natural beauty has also made it a huge draw for tourists – meaning it’s also home to the sort of restaurants, teahouses and shops that make it worthy of royalty.
The Bar U Ranch was founded back in 1882 and was once one of the biggest in the world at 160,000 acres. Now visitors can explore the historic site, which once employed the Sundance Kid, a turn-of-the-century outlaw who was a member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. The historic ranch will let you live out your cowboy fantasies, but there is also a royal connection. The Queen’s uncle Edward – the former king who abdicated the throne and became the Duke of Windsor – bought the neighbouring ranch back in 1919 after visiting the Bar U during a tour of Canada.
This museum, which houses a collection dedicated to the heritage of Alberta’s people and environment, was renamed in 2005 when Queen Elizabeth II visited. It’s reopening this year after moving to a new location in downtown Edmonton.
Befitting of her new title of Duchess, Meghan Markle might be interested in a stop at Edmonton’s Duchess Bake Shop. The bakery – famous for its macarons – is a popular destination in Alberta’s capital city for anyone looking for a treat fit for royalty.
Queen Elizabeth II remains the monarch of Canada, but no visit to the country would be complete without learning about the First Nations people, who were there long before British settlers arrived. In Alberta, that can be done at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, where visitors can learn about Siksika and Blackfoot culture right on the First Nations reserve. The idea for the historic site began after Prince Charles visited back in 1977, and it opened 30 years later in 2007.