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CROWSNEST PASS, ALBERTA

Fly-Fishing Alberta’s Finest Trout Streams

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Program #5345RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
4,200 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience.

Equipment Requirements
Participants should bring their own fly-fishing gear: rods, reels, flys, vests, boots, etc. Limited equipment available on-site.

Itinerary for Aug 4 — Aug 9, 2013

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Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The oldest commercial building in the national historic site of down town Coleman, the Coleman Mercantile Building was built in 1904 as a general store. Now a B&B offering variety of room configurations individually decorated and well appointed.

Contact info:
7701 17th Ave
P.O. Box 655
Coleman, AB T0K 0M0 Canada
phone: 403-563-5299
web: www.countryencounters.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, toiletries, down duvets and fluffy pillows are the standard.

Facility amenities: Hot tub, patio and comfortable outside spaces. Lots of common space to relax and be comfortable. Always available beverage and snack station, WIFI. MEALS: Gluten free (and most other diets) can be accommodated with advance notice. Participants may want to bring a few snacks for variety because sometimes what they can in the immediate area is limited. There is full access to the fridge to store any supplemental food she wishes to bring.

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

Additional nights before: Contact B & B.
Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 04 - Independent Arrivals/Orientation
Arrive To: ARRIVALS AND ORIENTATION: Independent arrivals to Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass; check-in after 3:00 p.m. There will be a pre-dinner welcome followed by evening orientation session and securing of fishing licenses. Complimentary wine and snacks on the first evening. A finalized schedule will be distributed at this time reflecting the best options for the week.

Dinner: Dinner at the B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup (at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse

Lodging: Country Encounters

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The oldest commercial building in the national historic site of down town Coleman, the Coleman Mercantile Building was built in 1904 as a general store. Now a B&B offering variety of room configurations individually decorated and well appointed.

Contact info:
7701 17th Ave
P.O. Box 655
Coleman, AB T0K 0M0 Canada
phone: 403-563-5299
web: www.countryencounters.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, toiletries, down duvets and fluffy pillows are the standard.

Facility amenities: Hot tub, patio and comfortable outside spaces. Lots of common space to relax and be comfortable. Always available beverage and snack station, WIFI. MEALS: Gluten free (and most other diets) can be accommodated with advance notice. Participants may want to bring a few snacks for variety because sometimes what they can in the immediate area is limited. There is full access to the fridge to store any supplemental food she wishes to bring.

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

Additional nights before: Contact B & B.
Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 05 - Mechanics of Fly-Fishing/Fishing Crowsnest River
Breakfast: Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Mechanics of Fly-Fishing. A morning instructional session will cover the mechanics of fly-fishing including: rod preparation, fly-tying, and casting. HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Dry land practice. Securing of fishing licenses, and time for hands-on dry-land practice. Participants will notice that our daily fishing trips start later than what many feel is the "appropriate" fishing times. The reason for this is our water is very cold in the early hours compared with points further south and at lower altitudes. With the warming of the sun the bugs hatch and the fish become active; more likely to bite. As we say " Crowsnest Pass fish sleep late". There are several places to grab some gear/flies here, and we will be stopping at one for any last minute items on the first day as we head out. Limited on site sales are available as well, and guides will have a collection of various things for your use on the river.

Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.

Afternoon: FISHING: Afternoon fishing session on one of the local streams with personalized instruction. With a guide to participant ratio of 5:1 there is always an opportunity to get extra help or ask a question. All our main guides/instructors are local and well versed in the ins and outs of fishing our local streams. Fish tales to follow in late afternoon to share experiences and ask questions.

Dinner: Dinner at B&B Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup ( at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse

Evening: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fly-Tying. An evening session will focus on fly-tying. Instruction and practice lead by a fly-tying expert; includes hands on experience.

Lodging: Country Encounters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The oldest commercial building in the national historic site of down town Coleman, the Coleman Mercantile Building was built in 1904 as a general store. Now a B&B offering variety of room configurations individually decorated and well appointed.

Contact info:
7701 17th Ave
P.O. Box 655
Coleman, AB T0K 0M0 Canada
phone: 403-563-5299
web: www.countryencounters.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, toiletries, down duvets and fluffy pillows are the standard.

Facility amenities: Hot tub, patio and comfortable outside spaces. Lots of common space to relax and be comfortable. Always available beverage and snack station, WIFI. MEALS: Gluten free (and most other diets) can be accommodated with advance notice. Participants may want to bring a few snacks for variety because sometimes what they can in the immediate area is limited. There is full access to the fridge to store any supplemental food she wishes to bring.

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

Additional nights before: Contact B & B.
Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 06 - Fishing Continues/Crowsnest Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available.

Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Skills & Techniques. Depart for fishing site to practice skills and techniques learned. Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills. On any given day the participants could find themselves at any of the following rivers: Carbondale River: Located south of town, it lies in the burn area from the Lost Creek Fire of 2003. Castle River: Located south of town, the headwaters are South and West Castle Rivers. A popular campsite is located near the confluence. Crowsnest River: Running directly through the five towns of the Crowsnest Pass makes this is an excellent river stop, even if only for a few moments.

Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.

Afternoon: FISHING: Continuation of fishing field trip; fish tales lounge information sharing.

Dinner: At the B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup ( at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse

Evening: EVENING ACTIVITIES: Fishing on Crowsnest river or interpretive trip to historical sites. As always our guides/interpreters will be on hand to offer interpretation or instruction and answer any questions you may have. Possible choices of activities include but are not restricted to: visiting Leech Collieries, downtown Coleman historic walking, Frank Slide interpretive hike with Travel Alberta trained interpreter. Activity is dependent on weather and participant interest.

Lodging: Country Encounters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The oldest commercial building in the national historic site of down town Coleman, the Coleman Mercantile Building was built in 1904 as a general store. Now a B&B offering variety of room configurations individually decorated and well appointed.

Contact info:
7701 17th Ave
P.O. Box 655
Coleman, AB T0K 0M0 Canada
phone: 403-563-5299
web: www.countryencounters.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, toiletries, down duvets and fluffy pillows are the standard.

Facility amenities: Hot tub, patio and comfortable outside spaces. Lots of common space to relax and be comfortable. Always available beverage and snack station, WIFI. MEALS: Gluten free (and most other diets) can be accommodated with advance notice. Participants may want to bring a few snacks for variety because sometimes what they can in the immediate area is limited. There is full access to the fridge to store any supplemental food she wishes to bring.

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

Additional nights before: Contact B & B.
Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 07 - Fishing Continues/Underground Coal Mine
Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B. Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.

Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fishing. Field trip to fishing site to continue practice. Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills.

Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.

Afternoon: Continuation of fishing session. FIELD TRIP: Underground Coal Mine. The interpreters from the mine will suit you up and take you into the world of the coal miner. Learn what it was like to work in the mine through the stories of the miners themselves as you are lead on a trip underground to where they actually went. Return for fish tale lounge information sharing.

Dinner: Dinner at B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup ( at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse

Evening: EVENING ACTIVITIES: Crowsnest Museum or guest speaker.

Lodging: Country Encounters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The oldest commercial building in the national historic site of down town Coleman, the Coleman Mercantile Building was built in 1904 as a general store. Now a B&B offering variety of room configurations individually decorated and well appointed.

Contact info:
7701 17th Ave
P.O. Box 655
Coleman, AB T0K 0M0 Canada
phone: 403-563-5299
web: www.countryencounters.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, toiletries, down duvets and fluffy pillows are the standard.

Facility amenities: Hot tub, patio and comfortable outside spaces. Lots of common space to relax and be comfortable. Always available beverage and snack station, WIFI. MEALS: Gluten free (and most other diets) can be accommodated with advance notice. Participants may want to bring a few snacks for variety because sometimes what they can in the immediate area is limited. There is full access to the fridge to store any supplemental food she wishes to bring.

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

Additional nights before: Contact B & B.
Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 08 - Fishing Continues/Farewell Celebration
Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B. Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.

Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fishing. Departure to fishing field trip site to continue practice Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills.

Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.

Afternoon: FISHING: Continuation of fishing practice session; return to for fish tales and info sharing.

Dinner: Dinner at B&B. Our big BBQ Alberta style. Choice cuts of Alberta AAA beef, pork, and chicken grilled up just so. Throw in some fish and you have the main course options. Accompanied by fresh salads, baked potato, Mark's special baked beans and Taber corn, serve it up out on the deck (weather permitting) and you have the makings of a celebration "Alberta Style".

Evening: FAREWELL EVENING: Farewell celebrations and group photo. Late evening fishing option following celebration.

Lodging: Country Encounters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 09 - Morning Fishing/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B. Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.

Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fishing. A morning fishing session on Crowsnest River with our guides (optional). One last chance to polish your new skills or ask questions.

Lunch: Bag lunch provided.

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT DEPARTURES: Independent departures from Coleman; check-out is 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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