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Elevation Note
You will be spending some days at high altitudes reaching over 3000 feet (915 meters) in Jasper.

Itinerary for Oct 4 — Oct 16, 2015

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .

Contact info:
445, rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montréal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com

Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave, fridge, complimentary high-speed internet and self-service laundry facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel has an indoor pool, exercise room, whirlpool and spa on-site, offering massage and treatments.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check availability.
Contact hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll free: 1-866-875-4333

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 04 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel; check-in after 3:00 p.m.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Take the rest of the evening to become acquainted with your fellow participants or stroll around the local area.


NOTE: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Marriott SpringHill Suites Old Montréal

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .

Contact info:
445, rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montréal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com

Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave, fridge, complimentary high-speed internet and self-service laundry facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel has an indoor pool, exercise room, whirlpool and spa on-site, offering massage and treatments.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check availability.
Contact hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll free: 1-866-875-4333

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 05 - Transportation Revolution/French Empire, British ...
Transportation Revolution/French Empire, British Conquest/Historic Old Montreal

Note: Today you will encounter uneven terrain and cobblestone streets during your moderate guided walk of Old Montreal.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Two presentations with a local historian will set the stage for our activities in Montreal. The first will provide an analysis of transportation technology and its impact on Montreal commerce; the second lecture will focus on the French Empire in North America and the British Conquest.


Then set out to explore the architectural history of the city as you travel the cobbled streets on a guided walk of Old Montreal. Notable highlights during the walk include Notre Dame Basilica, Place d'Armes and Place Jacques Cartier. This historic city center is rich in museums, galleries, restaurants and grey stone architecture spread out along narrow, cobblestone streets. Stroll through Place Jacques Cartier, a lively public square, and then turn south to the waterfront (Vieux Port). Its impressive harborfront facilities include a 1.5-mile (2.5-km)-long recreational park along the St. Lawrence River, a state-of-the-art science center, a theater, antiquarian bookshops and inviting cafe.

Lunch: At a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Montréal on your own after lunch. You may want to check the Montréal website to see what’s on: www.tourisme-montreal.org.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Continue your exploration of Montréal, or relax at the hotel.

Lodging: Marriott SpringHill Suites Old Montréal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 06 - Canadian Railway Museum/City Coach Excursion/Trai...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: On a field trip to the Canadian Railway Museum, examine transportation artifacts including giant steam locomotion engines and refurbished early coaches. One of Canada's most unique museums, the collection of railway material here is the largest in the country and one of the most important in the world.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: En route to the train station, enjoy a guided coach excursion of Montréal. Highlights along the way include St. Joseph’s Oratory and Mont Royal. Later this afternoon, board the train and depart for Toronto.

Dinner: Dinner on your own onboard the train.

Evening: Arrival in Toronto and check into your hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, October 07 - Toronto's History/Royal Ontario Museum
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A coach is the learning venue for the morning lecture, as you traverse the city and examine its history. Toronto is one of North America's most ethnically diverse cities, home to more than 80 ethnic communities from around the world.

Lunch: At the Royal Ontario Museum.

Afternoon: Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. With six million objects in the ROM's collections, there's something new to discover around every corner. A private lecture and guided tour will be led by either the Director of Design or the Vice President, Marketing and Major Exhibitions.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Evening: This evening is free to explore Toronto on your own. Enjoy a professional theater performance in the city that boasts the third-largest sale of theater tickets in the English-speaking world. Only New York and London, England sell more theater tickets each year. Or you may choose to visit the CN Tower for a panoramic view of the city. For information on what's on during your visit, check out www.seetorontonow.com.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Train

Description: Topics aboard the train will include the role of transportation in Canada’s development, the challenges of laying rail across Canada, and how railways shaped the country and Canada today. You will follow the “iron road” that was carved out of solid rock more than a century ago as you journey past lakes and mountain peaks crowned with snow and wind your way across bridges and through tunnels.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, ON Canada
phone: 888-842-7245
web: www.viarail.com

Room amenities: DOUBLE CABIN - Room size: 7 ft 3 in. X 5 ft (214 cm x 152 cm), excluding 2 ft 9 in x 2 ft 1 in (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom - Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars - Private washroom available inside each double bedroom - Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC) - Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system - Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage - Daytime: two folding chairs - Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs - Large window with blind - Access to a shower room (one shower room per car) - Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles - Door locks on the inside only (no individual key) - Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied SINGLE CABIN/ROOMETTE Room size: 6 ft. 5 in. X 3 ft. 7½ in. (196 cm x 110 cm) - Mattress size: 5 ft. 11 in. X 2 ft. 7 in. (152 cm x 61 cm) - Room from mattress to partition when bed is down is 2 in. (5 cm) - Bed narrows down from 23 in. (58 cm) wide to 14 in. (36 cm) at the foot of the bed - Private toilet (bed covers toilet at night) - Sink over toilet and full mirror - Access to a shower room at the end of the car - Daytime: sofa chair - Night-time: lower bed pulls out from wall - Door locks from inside only (no individual keys) - Baggage space is a small area - Window with blind - Other amenities: fan, shoe closet, air-conditioning, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, 110 VAC outlet PLEASE BE AWARE: In single cabins/roomettes, your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Facility amenities: Double Cabin – By day, this is a private room for two with armchairs, a large picture window, small closet, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and separate toilet and vanity. A foldout table is available on request. At night, the bedroom converts to upper and lower beds. Single Cabin/Roomette – This is a private, one-person room with comfortable seat, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and concealed toilet and vanity. At night, it becomes a snug sleeping area. PLEASE BE AWARE: your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Train configuration Double bedroom-separate toilet and vanity. Single bedroom/Roomette- concealed toilet and vanity.


Day Five: Thursday, October 08 - Loyalists/Railroad through Western Canada/Depart ...
Note: Due to luggage limitations on the train you are restricted to two small carry-on bags per person. Maximum dimensions of each carry-on is 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 inches; Maximum weight of each carry-on is 25 lbs. Larger bags will be checked through to Jasper.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The theme of the two morning lectures is the history of Ontario and the United Empire Loyalists, with an emphasis on Toronto's origins as the capital of Upper Canada; the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States, and contemporary Toronto. As well, your lecturer will discuss the building of the railroad through central and western Canada. Your lecturer is the Senior Program Officer at Historic Fort York, a municipally operated museum that specializes in the era of the War of 1812. Fort York features some of the oldest buildings in the city of Toronto.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Toronto on your own. Options include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Bata Shoe Museum or the Eaton Centre.

Dinner: Meet for dinner at a restaurant near Union Station.

Evening: Depart by train for Jasper at 10:00 p.m. Your train journey to Western Canada begins at Union Station in downtown Toronto. The train route will follow the "iron road" that was carved out of solid rock more than a century ago. Journey past lakes and mountain peaks crowned with snow and wind your way across bridges and through tunnels. You will sleep aboard the train for three nights and cross four provinces traveling from central Canada to Canada's west to arrive in Jasper, Alberta.

Lodging: VIA Rail

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: Topics aboard the train will include the role of transportation in Canada’s development, the challenges of laying rail across Canada, and how railways shaped the country and Canada today. You will follow the “iron road” that was carved out of solid rock more than a century ago as you journey past lakes and mountain peaks crowned with snow and wind your way across bridges and through tunnels.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, ON Canada
phone: 888-842-7245
web: www.viarail.com

Room amenities: DOUBLE CABIN - Room size: 7 ft 3 in. X 5 ft (214 cm x 152 cm), excluding 2 ft 9 in x 2 ft 1 in (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom - Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars - Private washroom available inside each double bedroom - Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC) - Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system - Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage - Daytime: two folding chairs - Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs - Large window with blind - Access to a shower room (one shower room per car) - Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles - Door locks on the inside only (no individual key) - Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied SINGLE CABIN/ROOMETTE Room size: 6 ft. 5 in. X 3 ft. 7½ in. (196 cm x 110 cm) - Mattress size: 5 ft. 11 in. X 2 ft. 7 in. (152 cm x 61 cm) - Room from mattress to partition when bed is down is 2 in. (5 cm) - Bed narrows down from 23 in. (58 cm) wide to 14 in. (36 cm) at the foot of the bed - Private toilet (bed covers toilet at night) - Sink over toilet and full mirror - Access to a shower room at the end of the car - Daytime: sofa chair - Night-time: lower bed pulls out from wall - Door locks from inside only (no individual keys) - Baggage space is a small area - Window with blind - Other amenities: fan, shoe closet, air-conditioning, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, 110 VAC outlet PLEASE BE AWARE: In single cabins/roomettes, your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Facility amenities: Double Cabin – By day, this is a private room for two with armchairs, a large picture window, small closet, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and separate toilet and vanity. A foldout table is available on request. At night, the bedroom converts to upper and lower beds. Single Cabin/Roomette – This is a private, one-person room with comfortable seat, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and concealed toilet and vanity. At night, it becomes a snug sleeping area. PLEASE BE AWARE: your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Train configuration Double bedroom-separate toilet and vanity. Single bedroom/Roomette- concealed toilet and vanity.


Day Six: Friday, October 09 - Aboard the Train/Trans Canada Railway
Breakfast: On board the train. Each meal on board the train promises to be a memorable experience: a sophisticated, enticing cuisine, served with a generous portion of stunning landscapes.

Morning: Audiovisual materials are available to enhance your learning experience on the train.

Lunch: On board the train.

Afternoon: Relax and enjoy the passing scenery.

Dinner: On board the train.

Evening: Games and movies are featured activities during the evening.

Lodging: VIA Rail

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: Topics aboard the train will include the role of transportation in Canada’s development, the challenges of laying rail across Canada, and how railways shaped the country and Canada today. You will follow the “iron road” that was carved out of solid rock more than a century ago as you journey past lakes and mountain peaks crowned with snow and wind your way across bridges and through tunnels.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, ON Canada
phone: 888-842-7245
web: www.viarail.com

Room amenities: DOUBLE CABIN - Room size: 7 ft 3 in. X 5 ft (214 cm x 152 cm), excluding 2 ft 9 in x 2 ft 1 in (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom - Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars - Private washroom available inside each double bedroom - Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC) - Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system - Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage - Daytime: two folding chairs - Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs - Large window with blind - Access to a shower room (one shower room per car) - Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles - Door locks on the inside only (no individual key) - Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied SINGLE CABIN/ROOMETTE Room size: 6 ft. 5 in. X 3 ft. 7½ in. (196 cm x 110 cm) - Mattress size: 5 ft. 11 in. X 2 ft. 7 in. (152 cm x 61 cm) - Room from mattress to partition when bed is down is 2 in. (5 cm) - Bed narrows down from 23 in. (58 cm) wide to 14 in. (36 cm) at the foot of the bed - Private toilet (bed covers toilet at night) - Sink over toilet and full mirror - Access to a shower room at the end of the car - Daytime: sofa chair - Night-time: lower bed pulls out from wall - Door locks from inside only (no individual keys) - Baggage space is a small area - Window with blind - Other amenities: fan, shoe closet, air-conditioning, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, 110 VAC outlet PLEASE BE AWARE: In single cabins/roomettes, your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Facility amenities: Double Cabin – By day, this is a private room for two with armchairs, a large picture window, small closet, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and separate toilet and vanity. A foldout table is available on request. At night, the bedroom converts to upper and lower beds. Single Cabin/Roomette – This is a private, one-person room with comfortable seat, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and concealed toilet and vanity. At night, it becomes a snug sleeping area. PLEASE BE AWARE: your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Train configuration Double bedroom-separate toilet and vanity. Single bedroom/Roomette- concealed toilet and vanity.


Day Seven: Saturday, October 10 - Free time in Winnipeg/Aboard the train
Breakfast: On board the train.

Morning: Enjoy several hours of free time in Winnipeg, the largest city in Manitoba. Containing over half of the provincial population, Winnipeg is also the provincial capital. The city is located near the geographic centre of North America, at the confluence of the historic Red and Assiniboine Rivers, a point now commonly known as The Forks. Winnipeg lies in close proximity to hundreds of lakes, including Lake Winnipeg, Canada's fifth largest lake and the world's eleventh largest, as well as Lake Manitoba and the Lake of the Woods.


The city is a cultural centre and is the home of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. It boasts historic architecture, scenic waterways, a heritage river, numerous parks including Assiniboine Park, and distinctive neighborhoods. Winnipeg is home to the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, and is in the area of the original settlements and farms in the west.

Lunch: On board the train.

Afternoon: The train departs Winnipeg in early afternoon.

Dinner: On board the train.

Evening: Games and movies are featured activities during the evening.

Lodging: VIA Rail

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Chateau Jasper, Luxury in the Mountains. The Chateau Jasper is an exceptional hotel with an excellent variety of accommodations and facilities. This conveniently located hotel offers 119 fully air-conditioned luxury guest rooms and suites, pleasantly furnished with mountain decor in mind.

Contact info:
96 Geikie Street
P.O. Box 1200
Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada
phone: 780-852-5644
web: www.mpljasper.com/hotels/chateau_jasper/

Room amenities: All Chateau Jasper guest rooms have private baths, mini fridges, in room safes, air conditioning and feature large flatscreen televisions, in room safes, complimentary Wi Fi, hair driers, irons and boards, complimentary coffee and tea and electric kettles.

Facility amenities: This intimate hotel includes an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, a variety of meeting rooms, complimentary internet kiosks in hotel lobby, a lounge, as well as an award-winning, fine dining room. Additional features: Proud recipient of Travel Alberta Good Housekeeping Award Dining Room and Lounge Heated Indoor Pool and Whirlpool Fitness Centre Seasonal Ski Shuttle Heated Underground Parking Air Conditioning Meeting and Conference Rooms

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, October 11 - Jasper National Park/Maligne Canyon
Breakfast: On board the train.

Morning: This morning the train approaches Jasper, nestled deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and recognized internationally for its rugged beauty. Jasper is a world premiere national park, with a combination of startlingly blue-green mountain lakes, soaring peaks, and broad, forested valleys.

Lunch: On board the train.

Afternoon: Once in Jasper, a presentation will provide an orientation to the extensive riches of Jasper National Park. Encompassing over 10,878 square kilometers (4,200 square miles), the park has healthy wildlife populations, including grizzly bears and wolves, living among the grand peaks. The park's distance from large urban centers and its relatively intact ecology create a special sense of the early days in the Rockies. This afternoon we explore Maligne Canyon. Your guide will discuss the geological evidence of deep canyon formation; the rich natural history of the site; and wildlife habitats. There will be an opportunity to search for fossils.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Free evening to explore Jasper on your own. To discover what’s on, visit www.jaspercanadianrockies.com.

Lodging: The Chateau Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Chateau Jasper, Luxury in the Mountains. The Chateau Jasper is an exceptional hotel with an excellent variety of accommodations and facilities. This conveniently located hotel offers 119 fully air-conditioned luxury guest rooms and suites, pleasantly furnished with mountain decor in mind.

Contact info:
96 Geikie Street
P.O. Box 1200
Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada
phone: 780-852-5644
web: www.mpljasper.com/hotels/chateau_jasper/

Room amenities: All Chateau Jasper guest rooms have private baths, mini fridges, in room safes, air conditioning and feature large flatscreen televisions, in room safes, complimentary Wi Fi, hair driers, irons and boards, complimentary coffee and tea and electric kettles.

Facility amenities: This intimate hotel includes an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, a variety of meeting rooms, complimentary internet kiosks in hotel lobby, a lounge, as well as an award-winning, fine dining room. Additional features: Proud recipient of Travel Alberta Good Housekeeping Award Dining Room and Lounge Heated Indoor Pool and Whirlpool Fitness Centre Seasonal Ski Shuttle Heated Underground Parking Air Conditioning Meeting and Conference Rooms

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, October 12 - Jasper Natural History/Athabasca Glacier/Ice Expl...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: On the second day in Jasper the learning activities will be geared to the study of the natural history in a number of areas of this beautiful and diverse mountain terrain. Possible sites of study may include Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Maligne Lake, and the Valley of the Five Lakes. with your naturalist guide. Exact destinations may vary depending on the weather.

Lunch: Box lunch en route.

Afternoon: Travel to the Columbia Icefields and learn all about this impressive geological feature. Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier, on a 3 mile/5 km round trip journey, for a for an awe-inspiring glimpse of icy crevasses and ice-fed streamlets. The driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel onto the glacier in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 200 years ago.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Jasper.

Evening: Following dinner, the evening is free to explore Jasper on your own or relax at the hotel.

Lodging: The Chateau Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: Topics aboard the train will include the role of transportation in Canada’s development, the challenges of laying rail across Canada, and how railways shaped the country and Canada today. You will follow the “iron road” that was carved out of solid rock more than a century ago as you journey past lakes and mountain peaks crowned with snow and wind your way across bridges and through tunnels.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, ON Canada
phone: 888-842-7245
web: www.viarail.com

Room amenities: DOUBLE CABIN - Room size: 7 ft 3 in. X 5 ft (214 cm x 152 cm), excluding 2 ft 9 in x 2 ft 1 in (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom - Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars - Private washroom available inside each double bedroom - Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC) - Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system - Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage - Daytime: two folding chairs - Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs - Large window with blind - Access to a shower room (one shower room per car) - Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles - Door locks on the inside only (no individual key) - Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied SINGLE CABIN/ROOMETTE Room size: 6 ft. 5 in. X 3 ft. 7½ in. (196 cm x 110 cm) - Mattress size: 5 ft. 11 in. X 2 ft. 7 in. (152 cm x 61 cm) - Room from mattress to partition when bed is down is 2 in. (5 cm) - Bed narrows down from 23 in. (58 cm) wide to 14 in. (36 cm) at the foot of the bed - Private toilet (bed covers toilet at night) - Sink over toilet and full mirror - Access to a shower room at the end of the car - Daytime: sofa chair - Night-time: lower bed pulls out from wall - Door locks from inside only (no individual keys) - Baggage space is a small area - Window with blind - Other amenities: fan, shoe closet, air-conditioning, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, 110 VAC outlet PLEASE BE AWARE: In single cabins/roomettes, your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Facility amenities: Double Cabin – By day, this is a private room for two with armchairs, a large picture window, small closet, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and separate toilet and vanity. A foldout table is available on request. At night, the bedroom converts to upper and lower beds. Single Cabin/Roomette – This is a private, one-person room with comfortable seat, call button, hand basin, razor outlet, and concealed toilet and vanity. At night, it becomes a snug sleeping area. PLEASE BE AWARE: your converted bed at night completely covers the toilet. Public washrooms are available but may be located at the other end of the car.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Train configuration Double bedroom-separate toilet and vanity. Single bedroom/Roomette- concealed toilet and vanity.


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 13 - Yellowhead Museum/Depart by Train for Vancouver
Note: Due to luggage limitations on the train you are restricted to two small carry-on bags per person. Maximum dimensions of each carry-on is 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 inches; Maximum weight of each carry-on is 25 lbs. Larger bags will be checked through to Vancouver.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover "A Wild Life" in the Jasper area through an expert led presentation. This thought provoking and entertaining program explores Jasper National Park's amazing variety of mountain wildlife. Get a bear's eye view of alpine landscapes, or how about a crash course on romance in the Rockies? Participants will leave with an appreciation of the wonders of the wild side of Jasper.


On a visit to the Yellowhead Museum, the educational program will address the human history of the area. This is a research and exhibit museum. Its documents and artifacts illustrate the human history of Jasper National Park and the Yellowhead corridor.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Jasper before the train departs for Vancouver mid afternoon.

Dinner: On board the train.

Evening: Games and movies are featured activities during the evening.

Lodging: VIA Rail

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located half a block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park’s 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, mini fridges, room service, morning newspaper, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad clock radio, flat screen TV, in-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and two bars on site.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Contact hotel directly. Toll free: 1-800-663-9400

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 14 - Vancouver Exploration/Granville Island Market/Mus...
Note: Today, in addition to having lunch on Granville Island you will have time to explore the area on your own. You may encounter cobblestone streets and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: On board the train, prior to arrival in Vancouver.

Morning: Disembarking the train in Vancouver, we will immediately commence the exploration of this vibrant city. Downtown areas of the city, such as Stanley Park, Gastown and Chinatown will be the subjects of study. Both coach and walking excursions will be utilized as learning venues for this segment of the program.

Lunch: On your own at Granville Island Market.

Afternoon: The focus of the afternoon educational program is the culture of indigenous people. The venue for the study will be the Museum of Anthropology, a spectacular building on the campus of the University of British Columbia overlooking mountains and sea. This museum is Canada’s largest teaching museum. Its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Following dinner, the remainder of the evening is free to explore Vancouver on your own. For a list of what's on, check www.tourismvancouver.com.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located half a block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park’s 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, mini fridges, room service, morning newspaper, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad clock radio, flat screen TV, in-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and two bars on site.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Contact hotel directly. Toll free: 1-800-663-9400

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Thursday, October 15 - The Evolution of Vancouver/Vancouver's West End/F...
Note: The morning walk to/from and through Stanley Park will be approximately 2 miles or 3.22 km over relatively flat terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Vancouver is Canada's gateway to the Pacific Ocean. The morning presentations will be led by a local historian and will highlight the evolution of this dynamic city from a social, ethnic, and economic perspective.


Next we will explore Vancouver's West End on a guided walk. Famous for its majestic wilderness in downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park spreads over 1000 acres and is the largest urban park on the continent. Visit the seawall, the impressive totem poles and other sites of interest.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Vancouver on your own.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Fish House in Stanley Park. Surrounded by Stanley Park's lush greenery, the Fish House overlooks panoramic English Bay and the spectacular gardens and forests of Stanley Park.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Thirteen: Friday, October 16 - Program Concludes/Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel at 8:00 a.m.

Morning: Departures from the hotel after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Hotel check-out is 12:00 noon.


This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Jasper, AB
Jasper Art GalleryA must see on your tour of the Jasper area, The Clock Tower Gallery presents a timely offering of local and regional art. Since opening its first permanent gallery in July 2003, JAG operates Jasper's only artist-run gallery, has experienced boundless success and received acclaim from thousands of international visitors. Come and view our eclectic collection of oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawings, photo-based works, clay and metal sculptures and converse with our informed gallery representatives.
For additional information, visit: www.jasperartistsguild.com/JAG/Clock_Tower_Gallery.html
Jasper Yellowhead Museum and ArchivesThe Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives houses thousands of artifacts in the collection storage. Some of the more interesting items include woolen bathing suits worn at Miette Hot Springs, wooden shovels used on the Skyline Trail in 1911, and many beautiful examples of Suzette Swift’s beadwork. The collection continues to grow with donations of new artefacts arriving regularly. The permanent historic gallery features exhibits on the fur trade, the railway, and early exploration and tourism in Jasper National Park. Among our featured artefacts is Curly Phillips’ canoe, the ice axe from Mt. Alberta, and David Thompson’s musket balls recovered from Athabasca Pass.
For additional information, visit: www.jaspermuseum.org/
Vancouver, BC
Capilano Suspension BridgeVoices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt colourful totem poles, British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legend into cedar and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest. Cross the suspension bridge, try out Canada’s award-winning tourist attraction, Treetops Adventure which offers a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest in the mid-story of 1300-year-old old growth Douglas-firs; or take the Cliffwalk with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.
For additional information, visit: www.capbridge.com
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese GardenStep back in time to 15th Century China at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The first of its kind outside of China, the Garden offers a glimpse into life as a Chinese scholar during the Ming dynasty. Scholars lived and worked in their gardens, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar's garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation. As a bridge between cultures, the Garden offers lively demonstrations, Chinese festival celebrations and diverse art exhibitions. We also feature musical concerts such as the summer Enchanted Evenings Concert series.
For additional information, visit: www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/
Granville IslandEarly in the morning, the first Aquabus of the day putters across False Creek, heading towards Granville Island. Home to 300 businesses, studios and facilities, the destination still retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well. You can see it in the detail of a ceramic bowl or the gentle curve of a freshly blown glass vase, the intricacy of a piece of jewellery or the flick of a painter's brush. Granville Island's charming public market overflows with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek. Street music is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Granville Island. Singer/songwriters strum away in open courtyards, drum circles form out of nowhere, and a clear strain of a melody from violin or saxophone melody often seems to make its way to the ears of an unsuspecting visitor
For additional information, visit: www.granvilleisland.com/discover-island/visitors-guide
Harbour CruiseVancouver's best sightseeing, dining and special event cruises. Join Vancouver's most popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, an amazing opportunity to enjoy the fabulous sunset view. Enjoy Vancouver's only authentic paddlewheeler and narrated tour of the inner harbour or relax with Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise through a secluded mountain fjord. A unique experience, since the area is only accessible by boat, in 4 hours you will pass Deep Cove to Indian Arm and finally reach Silver Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.boatcruises.com/
Vancouver AquariumCanada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life through display, interpretation, education, research, and direct action. You can experience all of this and more when you visit us. Research is ongoing at Aquarium labs and with display animals, by graduate students and staff.
For additional information, visit: www.vanaqua.org/home/
Vancouver MuseumThe Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs.
For additional information, visit: www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/index.htm
Toronto, ON
Arts, Culture, HistoryToronto has a number of world-class museums and historic sites including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Museum of Inuit Art, Gardiner Museum, Tatar Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Textile Museum, Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings and historic Fort York. www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/locations.htm
For additional information, visit: www.toronto.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/Museums/
Gardens and Historic HomesToronto is home to an array of gardens, green spaces and historic homes. Casa Loma, Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Kew Gardens, Toronto Music Garden, Mackenzie House, Allan Gardens Conservatory.
For additional information, visit: www.toronto.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/ParksGardens/
Neighbourhoods/Other AttractionsOther sites of interest: St. Lawrence Market, CN Tower, Canadian Air & Space Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Islands, City Hall, University of Toronto, The Distillery District, Chinatown and P.A.T.H. the underground city.
For additional information, visit: www.toronto.com
Montreal, QC
Château Dufresne MuseumThe Château Dufresne, built between 1915 and 1918, was a beaux-arts style mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, leading members of Montreal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal’s east end.
For additional information, visit: www.chateaudufresne.com/PagesFr/chateau-dufresne-english.htm
Château RamezayMontréal’s portal to its past, the Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum, was built in the 18th century as a prestigious residence. It was the first building in Quebec to be classified an historic monument. Relive more than 500 years of history through its numerous exhibits, its multimedia portrayals of historic figures and its French colonial style garden.
For additional information, visit: www.chateauramezay.qc.ca/museum/history/
McCord MuseumThe McCord Museum embodies the vision of a passionate collector, David Ross McCord, whose abiding wish was to shed light on the history and cultures of his country and thus bring its people together. The McCord Museum is a public research and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, study, diffusion and appreciation of Canadian history. The McCord Museum helps individuals connect with generations, cultures and communities, inspiring them to become informed, open-minded and engaged citizens.
For additional information, visit: www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/

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