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Program #3856RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Elevation Note
Altitudes reaching up to 4,540 feet in Banff and up to 3,484 feet in Jasper.

Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jul 1, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated for over thirty years, Irwin's Mountain Inn was completely reconstructed by the fall of 1995 making the property one of Banff's newer accommodations. Originally built in 1967 by Paul and Elizabeth Irwin with their two sons, Arlen and Larry, Irwin's Motor Inn was recognized as one of the best values in Banff. With farming as their previous livelihood, the Irwins extended the same hospitality to their guests at the motel as was characteristic of the way they greeted and treated visitors and friends to their farm. A tradition of hospitality and friendliness was established in those early years and the Management to this day still endeavors to live up to Paul and Elizabeth's example in the service and quality of comfort they provide guests to Irwin's Mountain Inn. The name has changed and three times the motel has undergone major rebuilding phases, but the standard of excellence in hospitality that Paul and Elizabeth Irwin exemplified over thirty years ago still serves as the benchmark for the next generation of Irwins that share in the ownership and management of the Irwin's Mountain Inn.

Contact info:
429 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1B2 Canada
phone: 403-762-4566
web: www.irwinsmountaininn.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV and movie channel.

Facility amenities: •The El Toro Restaurant serving Breakfast and Dinner •10 Person Jetted Tub •Fitness Centre •Elevator •4 Person Sauna •Free Wireless Internet •Cable TV •Coin Operated Internet Kiosk •Coin Laundry •100% non-smoking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Independent Arrivals/Introductions
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 4:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Enjoy casual dining at the hotel.

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

Lodging: Irwin's Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated for over thirty years, Irwin's Mountain Inn was completely reconstructed by the fall of 1995 making the property one of Banff's newer accommodations. Originally built in 1967 by Paul and Elizabeth Irwin with their two sons, Arlen and Larry, Irwin's Motor Inn was recognized as one of the best values in Banff. With farming as their previous livelihood, the Irwins extended the same hospitality to their guests at the motel as was characteristic of the way they greeted and treated visitors and friends to their farm. A tradition of hospitality and friendliness was established in those early years and the Management to this day still endeavors to live up to Paul and Elizabeth's example in the service and quality of comfort they provide guests to Irwin's Mountain Inn. The name has changed and three times the motel has undergone major rebuilding phases, but the standard of excellence in hospitality that Paul and Elizabeth Irwin exemplified over thirty years ago still serves as the benchmark for the next generation of Irwins that share in the ownership and management of the Irwin's Mountain Inn.

Contact info:
429 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1B2 Canada
phone: 403-762-4566
web: www.irwinsmountaininn.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV and movie channel.

Facility amenities: •The El Toro Restaurant serving Breakfast and Dinner •10 Person Jetted Tub •Fitness Centre •Elevator •4 Person Sauna •Free Wireless Internet •Cable TV •Coin Operated Internet Kiosk •Coin Laundry •100% non-smoking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Early Explo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Cave and Basin. 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. Travel the Bow River by a voyageur canoe, beneath towering, snowcapped peaks, and search for elk, coyotes, bears, and bighorn sheep.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Whyte Museum. Explore one of Banff's most culturally significant museums, and learn of the remarkable history of some of the locals and their cultural past. The museum features an art gallery and a vast collection of photographs telling the history of early explorers, artists and the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Explore independently the sights and sounds of Banff. For live entertainment, check out one of the local pubs or the Banff Centre (www.banffcentre.ca)

Lodging: Irwin's Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Lake Louise Inn is a modern mountain resort nestled in a picturesque setting near the Pipestone River. Situated in five buildings, the 232 tastefully appointed guest rooms offer something to fit every style and budget. Most of the eight room types feature a view of the outdoors. Amenities include: a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, gift shop/newsstand, games area, and laundromat. The Village of Lake Louise is a 5-minute walk away with access to a variety of shops and services. Free parking available. On-site dining facilities include Legends restaurant, Timberwold Pizza and Pasta cafe, and the Explorers Lounge.

Contact info:
210 Village Road
Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 Canada
phone: 800-661-9237
web: www.lakelouiseinn.com

Room amenities: Color TV, telephone, clock radio, coffee maker, hairdryers and 4-piece private baths in all guest rooms. Dial-up internet service available in guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Yoho National Park/Takakkaw Falls/Moraine Lake/Em...
Note: Trail walk around Emerald Lake is an easy 3 mile (5 km) walk with no elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION/FIELD TRIP: Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Discover the geological highlights of the Rockies with Ben Gadd, renowned naturalist and author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Trail walk around Emerald Lake. Emerald Lake is another jewel of the Canadian Rockies, and is one of the few lakes with a trail all the way around it. Thanks to its position of the west side of the Great Divide in Yoho National Park, a 360 degree tour of Emerald yields up four very different environments: a huge avalanche path, the normal forest, a dry and dramatic alluvial fan and the towering trees of the coastal rainforest.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lake Louise.

Evening: Free evening. You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Lake Louise.

Lodging: Lake Louise Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Lake Louise Inn is a modern mountain resort nestled in a picturesque setting near the Pipestone River. Situated in five buildings, the 232 tastefully appointed guest rooms offer something to fit every style and budget. Most of the eight room types feature a view of the outdoors. Amenities include: a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, gift shop/newsstand, games area, and laundromat. The Village of Lake Louise is a 5-minute walk away with access to a variety of shops and services. Free parking available. On-site dining facilities include Legends restaurant, Timberwold Pizza and Pasta cafe, and the Explorers Lounge.

Contact info:
210 Village Road
Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 Canada
phone: 800-661-9237
web: www.lakelouiseinn.com

Room amenities: Color TV, telephone, clock radio, coffee maker, hairdryers and 4-piece private baths in all guest rooms. Dial-up internet service available in guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Grizzly Bears and Glaciers/Victoria Glacier/Lake ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: PRESENTATION: Meet with an expert biologist and conservationalist who will present on "Sharing the Land with Grizzly Bears". The Bow Valley is considered an internationally significant wildlife migration corridor. The Lake Louise area is considered significant for its critical grizzly bear, elk, lynx, bighorn sheep and mountain goat habitat. As protected areas, the mountain national parks make a significant contribution to grizzly bear conservation in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. These parks can contribute refuge in the greater landscape. But this requires special considerations for how we share this landscape with bears. Hear how Parks Canada is managing land use and management policies. FIELD TRIP: The Lake Louise Gondola is one of the best places to see grizzly bears in their natural environment. You may experience this rare and awesome spectacle of nature if lucky fromt he comfort of an enclosed gondola. Enjoy views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier from the top of the mountain. Moraine Lake, surrounded by peaks and a deep teal in color, is nothing less than stunning and sits in the gorgeous Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Lunch: Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: Explore the Chateau Lake Louise with a local historian. For those looking for a moderate hike, consider the 2.8 miles (4.5 km) Lake Louise Loop.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Lake Louise Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Amethyst Lodge is close to the center of Jasper and just a short walk from rail and bus terminals, museum and art galleries. Amazing wildlife viewing and unspoiled wilderness are just blocks away.

Contact info:
200 Connaught Drive
Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada
phone: 780-852-3394
web: www.mpljasper.com/hotels/amethyst_lodge/index.html

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a number of amenities, including: in-room coffee makers and hair dryers and two outdoor hot tubs. A coin-operated laundry facility is nearby.

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


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Mountains to Glaciers/Icefields Parkway/Columbia ...
Mountains to Glaciers/Icefields Parkway/Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure/Arrive in Jasper

Note: There are stairs leading up to the entrance of the Columbia Icefields Interpretive Centre, but there is a higher parking lot with a ramp for easier access. The remainder of the field trip is completed by coach, which is wheelchair accessible.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel

Morning: PRESENTATION: Mountains to Glaciers. The Icefields Parkway, linking Lake Louise to Jasper, remains one of the most spectacular stretches of scenic driving in Canada. The highway follows a lake-lined valley between two chains of the Eastern Main Ranges, which make up the Continental Divide. The mountains here are the highest, craggiest and maybe the most scenic in all of the Rockies. FIELD TRIP: The Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure. The vast Columbia Icefield is a big frozen river whose meltwaters feed many rivers, creeks and lakes. Experience this amazing landscape by stepping out onto the glacier.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: We continue our journey to Jasper National Park. This scenic drive is lined with beautiful mountain lakes and more than 100 glaciers providing a dramatic backdrop. This scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway is lined with one beautiful mountain lake after another, with more than 100 glaciers providing a dramatic backdrop. Keep an eye out for mountain goats and bighorn sheep in the cliffs along the way. In the spruce forest above the Sunwapta River, watch for for grizzly bears during spring, summer and fall.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Jasper.

Evening: PRESENTATION: History of Jasper. Our expert naturalist will discuss the history and development of Jasper National Park.

Lodging: Amethyst Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Amethyst Lodge is close to the center of Jasper and just a short walk from rail and bus terminals, museum and art galleries. Amazing wildlife viewing and unspoiled wilderness are just blocks away.

Contact info:
200 Connaught Drive
Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada
phone: 780-852-3394
web: www.mpljasper.com/hotels/amethyst_lodge/index.html

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a number of amenities, including: in-room coffee makers and hair dryers and two outdoor hot tubs. A coin-operated laundry facility is nearby.

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


Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Maligne Canyon/Pyramid Lake/Jasper National Park
Note: Please note, the day's field trips may include up to 2 guided walks, no more than 1 mile (1.5 km) each in length on paved or maintained trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Maligne Canyon & Pyramid Lake. Meet your local expert naturalist who will introduce you to Jasper National Park. Explore together Maligne Canyon and Pyramid Lake. Discover the Maligne Canyon trail, rich in natural history, with impressive geologic features and wildlife. Search for fossils and find out how this deep canyon formed during glacial ages. The forests of these wilderness areas are home to mountain goats, elk, moose, and bears as well as a variety of birds, including Bald Eagles. Scenic trails let you explore the spectacular vantage points, flower meadows, and sapphire blue mountain lakes.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route (weather permitting)

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Jasper National Park. Discover the history of Jasper National Park - Canada's largest and most northerly Rocky Mountain park, encompassing over 4,200 square miles. Healthy wildlife populations, including grizzly bears and wolves, live among its grand peaks and emerald-green lakes. The combination of these startling blue-green mountain lakes, soaring peaks and broad, forested valleys makes this one of the world's premiere national parks.

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

Lodging: Amethyst Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated for over thirty years, Irwin's Mountain Inn was completely reconstructed by the fall of 1995 making the property one of Banff's newer accommodations. Originally built in 1967 by Paul and Elizabeth Irwin with their two sons, Arlen and Larry, Irwin's Motor Inn was recognized as one of the best values in Banff. With farming as their previous livelihood, the Irwins extended the same hospitality to their guests at the motel as was characteristic of the way they greeted and treated visitors and friends to their farm. A tradition of hospitality and friendliness was established in those early years and the Management to this day still endeavors to live up to Paul and Elizabeth's example in the service and quality of comfort they provide guests to Irwin's Mountain Inn. The name has changed and three times the motel has undergone major rebuilding phases, but the standard of excellence in hospitality that Paul and Elizabeth Irwin exemplified over thirty years ago still serves as the benchmark for the next generation of Irwins that share in the ownership and management of the Irwin's Mountain Inn.

Contact info:
429 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1B2 Canada
phone: 403-762-4566
web: www.irwinsmountaininn.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV and movie channel.

Facility amenities: •The El Toro Restaurant serving Breakfast and Dinner •10 Person Jetted Tub •Fitness Centre •Elevator •4 Person Sauna •Free Wireless Internet •Cable TV •Coin Operated Internet Kiosk •Coin Laundry •100% non-smoking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, June 29 - Palisades Stewardship Education Centre/Return to ...
Note: Please note, the day's field trip may include a guided walk, no more than 1 mile (1.5 km) in length on paved or maintained trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Palisades Stewardship Education Centre. 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. Located in the spectacular Athabasca Valley, the Stewardship Palisades Education Centre’s innovative programming is designed to stimulate a new kind of relationship with nature and to embrace the values of protected areas. During a visit to the Centre, learn about the role of the National Parks in fostering conservation ethics from a Parks Canada expert.

Lunch: Lunch at the centre.

Afternoon: Return to Banff

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

Evening: This evening is free to head off on your own to explore Banff, remain with your Group Leader or relax at your hotel.

Lodging: Irwin's Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated for over thirty years, Irwin's Mountain Inn was completely reconstructed by the fall of 1995 making the property one of Banff's newer accommodations. Originally built in 1967 by Paul and Elizabeth Irwin with their two sons, Arlen and Larry, Irwin's Motor Inn was recognized as one of the best values in Banff. With farming as their previous livelihood, the Irwins extended the same hospitality to their guests at the motel as was characteristic of the way they greeted and treated visitors and friends to their farm. A tradition of hospitality and friendliness was established in those early years and the Management to this day still endeavors to live up to Paul and Elizabeth's example in the service and quality of comfort they provide guests to Irwin's Mountain Inn. The name has changed and three times the motel has undergone major rebuilding phases, but the standard of excellence in hospitality that Paul and Elizabeth Irwin exemplified over thirty years ago still serves as the benchmark for the next generation of Irwins that share in the ownership and management of the Irwin's Mountain Inn.

Contact info:
429 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1B2 Canada
phone: 403-762-4566
web: www.irwinsmountaininn.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV and movie channel.

Facility amenities: •The El Toro Restaurant serving Breakfast and Dinner •10 Person Jetted Tub •Fitness Centre •Elevator •4 Person Sauna •Free Wireless Internet •Cable TV •Coin Operated Internet Kiosk •Coin Laundry •100% non-smoking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, June 30 - Banff Springs Hotel/Farewell Celebrations
Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION and FIELD TRIP: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel & Bow Falls. Discover the history of the town of Banff, located within Canada's First National Park. Banff lies in a mountain-rimmed valley carved by the Bow River. Its development has always been determined by the federal government, tourism and the railway. In 1930, the Rocky Mountain Parks Reserve was renamed Banff National Park, Canada's first nature reserve, to encompass 2,564 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. Beneath the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is gushing Bow Falls. The spectacular falls is fed upstream by the Bow Glacier which in turn feeds the Bow River. An easy stroll along the Bow Falls Trail gets you up close to the rapids and roaring water falls.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Banff on your own, remain with your group leader or prepare for tomorrow's departure from the program.

Dinner: Dinner at El Toro

Evening: Farewell celebrations

Lodging: Irwin's Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, July 01 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel at 7:30 am.

Morning: Independent departures from Banff. Approximate travel time from Banff to the Calgary International (YYC) Airport is 2.5 hours. When booking your departure/return flight, confirm with your airline the amount of time required for pre-flight check-in procedure. Make sure you have enough time upon arrival at airport to comfortably make your flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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20 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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