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Program #16593RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Elevations up to 4,540 feet (1,384 meters) in Banff and 3,484 feet (1,062 meters) in Jasper

Itinerary for Dec 18 — Dec 26, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Full service Ahava Day Spa on the second floor of the hotel; city park attached to the hotel; 22 story hotel; 3 elevators; 2 level handicapped rooms

Contact info:
10155 105th Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1E2 Canada
phone: 780-423-4811
web: www.coasthotels.com/hotels/canada/alberta/edmonton/coast_edmonton/overview

Room amenities: Standard Bathroom Amenities, bathrobe; iron and ironing board; hair dryer, daily Globe and Mail; in-room coffee maker with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; in-room humidifier; selection of current magazines; Wireless Internet Access; windows that open.

Facility amenities: Health facility with indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and exercise equipment: Malts lounge

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

Bathroom: Shower only in handicapped rooms

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check for availability
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, December 18 - Independent arrivals to Edmonton
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK IN: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 pm.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.

Lodging: Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

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 Two: Thursday, December 19 - Jasper National Park/History of Jasper
Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Depart for Jasper, travelling along the Yellowhead Highway. Once the path blazed by fearless voyageurs and pioneer settlers, this highway through the Rocky Mountains is intertwined with history of the Canadian West. Watch for magnificent scenery as you approach the impressive foothills of Jasper National Park.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in Jasper this afternoon; check into the hotel and freshen up before dinner. Jasper lies in the center of Jasper National Park, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, and it is known around the world for its rugged beauty. It is also a renowned, world-class resort town that has many attractions, yet it retains its small-town feel. Its distance from large urban centers and its relatively intact ecology give you a real sense of the early days in the Rockies.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: PRESENTATION: The History of Jasper. Our expert naturalist will introduce Jasper National Park and its history and development. Jasper, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is in one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring regions. It is Canada’s largest and most northerly Rocky Mountain Park, spanning 4,200 square miles (10,878 square kilometers). The combination of soaring peaks, broad forested valleys, vivid blue-green mountain lakes and abundant wildlife rank it as one of the world’s most premiere national parks.

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 Three: Friday, December 20 - Palisades Stewardship Education Centre
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Palisades Stewardship Education Centre. Located in the spectacular Athabasca Valley, the Stewardship Palisades Education Centre is designed to stimulate a new kind of relationship with nature and to embrace the values of protected areas. Once a homestead of an early pioneer family, the historic ranch is now operated by Parks Canada as one of Canada’s premier outdoor education facilities. Learn about their innovative programming during a visit to the Centre.

Lunch: Lunch at the centre.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Palisades Stewardship Education Centre continued. Participate in experiential learning and hear from a Parks Canada expert about the role of the National Parks in fostering conservation ethics.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

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 Four: Saturday, December 21 - Jasper Yellowhead Museum/Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: EXCURSION: Jasper - Yellowhead Museum. Enjoy an excursion to the Jasper -Yellowhead Museum and Archives, where you can explore the history of the Jasper-Yellowhead corridor from its earliest visitors 10,000 years ago to the present day. The Historical Gallery includes exhibits on the fur trade, the pioneers, the railways, early tourism in Jasper National Park and the town of Jasper.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Maligne Canyon. A guided ice walk through the frozen ice falls and ice caves of Maligne Canyon will help you to understand the creation, impact and maintenance of the glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. This is a fascinating excursion that enables you to actually walk on the canyon's frozen floor. With sheer limestone walls that plunge to depths of over 65 feet (20 meters), Maligne is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. For most of us, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this natural wonder.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening to explore Jasper on your own, return to the hotel or remain with your Group Leader.

Lodging: The Chateau Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing luxury in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. The discovery of hot springs in the area led to the creation of Banff, Canada's first national park. Within this setting, the Banff Springs hotel offers stunning vistas, exceptional regional cuisine and impeccable service offer an unforgettable retreat. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada offers a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons, including downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, skating and a wealth of other exciting activities.

Contact info:
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1J4 Canada
phone: 403-762-2211
web: www.fairmont.com/BanffSprings/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs offer the following amenities: • Alarm clock-radio • Cable television with in-room pay movies and video games • Air Conditioning • Coffee/Tea maker • Hair dryer • Iron and ironing board • Telephone with voice-mail • High Speed Internet Access • Windows that open for fresh mountain air

Facility amenities: Onsite resort experiences include 12 restaurants and lounges, two golf courses, a world class spa, shopping and bowling centre. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is located a short walk from the authentic mountain town of Banff where guests will enjoy additional shopping, restaurants and attractions.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Sunday, December 22 - Depart for Banff/Icefields Parkway
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Leave Jasper National Park for Banff. We will travel along the Icefields Parkway, which traces a thin paved line parallel to the Continental Divide. This geological formation runs between Lake Louise and Jasper and forms the backbone of the Canadian Rockies. The Parkway is one of the world's most spectacular mountain highways. Watch for the Columbia Icefield, the Bow and Crowfoot glaciers, Athabasca Falls and Peyto Lake.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: We continue our journey along the Icefields Parkway. The entire 140-mile (225-kilometer) route is protected as part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. This 1984 designation recognizes the area’s outstanding natural beauty, geological value and significant contribution to our planet's diversity.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel and time to rest and settle in.

Evening: Explore the magnificent Banff Springs Hotel. Get into the holiday spirit as you admire festive decorations and floor-to-ceiling Christmas trees garlanded in scarlet and sparkling lights.

Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing luxury in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. The discovery of hot springs in the area led to the creation of Banff, Canada's first national park. Within this setting, the Banff Springs hotel offers stunning vistas, exceptional regional cuisine and impeccable service offer an unforgettable retreat. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada offers a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons, including downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, skating and a wealth of other exciting activities.

Contact info:
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1J4 Canada
phone: 403-762-2211
web: www.fairmont.com/BanffSprings/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs offer the following amenities: • Alarm clock-radio • Cable television with in-room pay movies and video games • Air Conditioning • Coffee/Tea maker • Hair dryer • Iron and ironing board • Telephone with voice-mail • High Speed Internet Access • Windows that open for fresh mountain air

Facility amenities: Onsite resort experiences include 12 restaurants and lounges, two golf courses, a world class spa, shopping and bowling centre. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is located a short walk from the authentic mountain town of Banff where guests will enjoy additional shopping, restaurants and attractions.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Monday, December 23 - Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Whyte Museu...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Cave and Basin National Historic Site. For generations, warm waters percolating through Sulphur Mountain were used for ceremonial purposes. In 1883, the same hot springs were rediscovered by CPR railway workers, and the notion to protect natural and cultural treasures in Canada was born shortly thereafter. Meet with a Parks Canada expert and learn about the birthplace of Canada's National Park system.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Whyte Museum. On a field trip to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, explore the fascinating science of glaciology. Learn about the area's fresh-water resources and how the environment is threatened by climate change. Examine the Vaux family's series of stunning glacier studies and study the equipment they used. See how this landscape has been transformed through photographs, maps and aerial photographs. The Museum also has exceptional collections documenting the Stoney First Nation. Its art collection contains close to 4,000 works relating to the visual arts of the Canadian Rockies, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, prints, mixed media works and objects of fine craft.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy outdoor festivities at the holiday bonfire or relax by the fireplace in the Great Hall. Alternatively, stroll through the townsite of Banff and admire all its winter wonder.

Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing luxury in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. The discovery of hot springs in the area led to the creation of Banff, Canada's first national park. Within this setting, the Banff Springs hotel offers stunning vistas, exceptional regional cuisine and impeccable service offer an unforgettable retreat. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada offers a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons, including downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, skating and a wealth of other exciting activities.

Contact info:
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1J4 Canada
phone: 403-762-2211
web: www.fairmont.com/BanffSprings/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs offer the following amenities: • Alarm clock-radio • Cable television with in-room pay movies and video games • Air Conditioning • Coffee/Tea maker • Hair dryer • Iron and ironing board • Telephone with voice-mail • High Speed Internet Access • Windows that open for fresh mountain air

Facility amenities: Onsite resort experiences include 12 restaurants and lounges, two golf courses, a world class spa, shopping and bowling centre. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is located a short walk from the authentic mountain town of Banff where guests will enjoy additional shopping, restaurants and attractions.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Tuesday, December 24 - Guided Walk of Banff/Free Afternoon/Christmas Eve...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Guided Walk of Banff. There are few places more magical in the world that Banff at Christmas. The streets are carpeted in white, snow covered trees look more dramatic than ever and there is a general feeling of Christmas cheer around this glorious little lit up town.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Spend the afternoon soaking in the Banff Hot Springs or return to the hotel. Take the time to relax or join in one of the many festive activities such wine tasting, skating at Spray Meadow or trying your hand at the classic winter sport of curling.

Dinner: Christmas Eve dinner at the Banff Springs Hotel.

Evening: Gather in Mt. Stephen Hall for a musical celebration with the traditional holiday carols or a candlelight service reflecting on the meaning of Christmas.

Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing luxury in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. The discovery of hot springs in the area led to the creation of Banff, Canada's first national park. Within this setting, the Banff Springs hotel offers stunning vistas, exceptional regional cuisine and impeccable service offer an unforgettable retreat. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada offers a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons, including downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, skating and a wealth of other exciting activities.

Contact info:
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1J4 Canada
phone: 403-762-2211
web: www.fairmont.com/BanffSprings/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs offer the following amenities: • Alarm clock-radio • Cable television with in-room pay movies and video games • Air Conditioning • Coffee/Tea maker • Hair dryer • Iron and ironing board • Telephone with voice-mail • High Speed Internet Access • Windows that open for fresh mountain air

Facility amenities: Onsite resort experiences include 12 restaurants and lounges, two golf courses, a world class spa, shopping and bowling centre. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is located a short walk from the authentic mountain town of Banff where guests will enjoy additional shopping, restaurants and attractions.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Wednesday, December 25 - Historic Banff Springs Hotel/Christmas Dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Since 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs has symbolized the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. Styled as a Scottish baronial castle, it was originally built for adventurous travelers crossing the Canadian Rockies by train. On this guided tour, you will hear wonderful stories from the past century, including tales of legendary guests who have shared memorable stays at The Castle. The grandeur of the holiday décor will add to this special experience. See why few hotels in the world can rival its majesty, hospitality and location.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the hotel.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Enjoy a festive themed Afternoon Tea while overlooking the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains. Take part in the snowshoe shuffle, skating, photography workshops or 5 pin bowling at the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy a Spectacular Christmas feast at the Banff Springs Hotel. Mix and mingle until Chef's elegant five course meal begins. Background dinner music and after dinner the band kicks the entertainment into high gear.

Evening: Celebrate the holiday by attending a church service, enjoying the old English tradition of the Boar’s Head Parade or joining the ceremonial lighting of the Yule Log.

Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Thursday, December 26 - Coach to Calgary/Airport
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart Banff at approximately 8:00 am. Today you will travel by coach from Banff to Calgary with a scheduled drop off at the Calgary International Airport. The APPROXIMATE travel time can take between 2 to 4 hours, due to weather conditions. Anticipated arrival at the airport is 12:00 noon (weather permitting). NOTE: When booking your departure flight, please confirm with your airline the amount of time required for the pre-flight check-in procedure. Make sure you have enough time upon arrival at the airport to comfortably make your flight. Independent departures from Calgary.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Banff, Alberta
SkiingBanff National Park is home to three of the world’s finest ski resorts; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. The three resorts offer almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain on one convenient, tri-area lift ticket. There’s terrain to suit every level and desire, from gentle groomed runs to some of the world’s most extreme in-bounds challenges. Free transportation between Banff-Lake Louise and the resorts, with a tri-area lift ticket, means that when you’re here, the choice of mountains is yours.
For additional information, visit: www.skibig3.com
Banff Hot SpringsAll the amenities of a modern facility are featured in this splendid, historic spa and bath house – against a backdrop of spectacular alpine scenery. Luxuriate in the comfort of soothing hot water where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century.
For additional information, visit: www.canadianrockies.net/hotpools.html

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