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BEGINS IN: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

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Program #20794RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Equipment Requirements
Supportive/comfortable footwear, good walking shoes are recommended, breathable, yet comfortable clothing suitable for daily walking, raincoat and/or windproof jacket (lined for cooler temperatures), umbrella.

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 24, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half 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: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a 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 bar on site.

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, September 15 - Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to program hotel. Check-in after 4:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel followed by introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half 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: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a 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 bar on site.

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, September 16 - Vancouver: Museum of Anthropology/Stanley Park
Note: The walk to/from and through Stanley Park will be approximately 2 miles or 3.22 km over relatively flat terrain; some standing for interpretation while at the Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Learn about the history and culture of the people of the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Anthropology. The Museum houses some 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Aboriginal peoples of British Columbia developed a rich and complex culture. Because of the diversity of the Pacific coast - mild to cold climate, seashore to mountains - the tribes that settled in this area developed completely different cultures and languages than found elsewhere.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Stanley Park. Explore the iconic Stanley Park with an expert from the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Discover this breathtaking park which remains unspoiled and a testimony to the giant trees which occupied the site of Vancouver in its former days. Its natural west coast atmosphere offers a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. World famous landmarks in the park will also be discussed including the totem poles and various monuments and sculptures, and the 5.5 mi seawall which encircles the entire park.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in English Bay.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half 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: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a 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 bar on site.

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 Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Explore Vancouver Neighborhoods: Gastown/Chinatow...
Explore Vancouver Neighborhoods: Gastown/Chinatown/Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Note: During the historic walk of Vancouver neighborhoods, including Gastown and Chinatown, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Meet one of Vancouver's well-known local historians and author for a presentation on the settlement of Vancouver and the distinct communities and neighborhoods that define this multicultural metropolis. Field trips will take you on a historic walk of Vancouver's well-known neighborhoods. Alongside a local historian, explore two of Vancouver's most fascinating communities, Gastown and Chinatown. Gain a sense of how the city of Vancouver functions by someone who knows the city like few others, gaining fascinating (and occasionally offbeat) insights to the city's history, architecture, and people. Beginning in Gastown, the city's birthplace, walk through this historic neighborhood, with much of its early architecture and character intact, and see how it is evolving into one of the city's newest residential areas. Explore the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, boasting rich culture and a striking collection of heritage buildings recalling the contributions of early pioneers and leaders.

Lunch: Lunch.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. We travel to historic Chinatown to visit the first authentic Chinese garden to be built outside of China. Like every classical Chinese garden, the design is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. Together, these four elements combine to create a breathtaking experience of perfect balance, yin and yang. The garden enhances understanding between Chinese and Western cultures, promotes Chinese culture and was built using the time honored principles and techniques of the original Ming dynasty garden.

Dinner: Dine on your own, with new friends or join your Group Leader and fellow participants to explore more of the city and enjoy dinner at one of many dining options that the city has to offer. Discover why Vancouver is considered to be one of the world's best places to dine.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the beauty of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. This all suites hotel is just minutes from downtown Kelowna, stunning wineries, orchards, mountains, lakes and numerous outdoor adventures.

Contact info:
2656 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, BC V1X 4J4 Canada
phone: 250-861-1110
web: www.comfortsuiteskelowna.com/

Room amenities: LCD Cable television - movie channels AM/FM alarm clock with ipod dock Bathrobes Coffee/tea maker Iron, full size ironing board Hairdryer Free local calls under 30 minutes High-speed wired & wireless Internet access Voice mail Air-conditioning Refrigerators in all guestrooms Microwaves in all guestrooms

Facility amenities: Indoor pool with 40' water slide Hot tub 24-hour front desk Newspapers in lobby Guest laundry Sightseeing tours Ice/vending machines Free parking Parking for the physically challenged Meeting facilities Courier Service Business centre Audio/visual equipment Conference services Fax services Photocopy services Valet Cleaning Cardio Centre - Fully equipped with a stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer and universal weights, you will be sure to stay on track while staying at our new hotel in Kelowna Rollaway Beds & rooms for the physically challenged available

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Depart for Okanagan Valley/Kelowna/Wine Tasting
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We leave behind the cityscape and journey along the mighty Fraser River towards the Okanagan Valley. Stretching from Osoyoos at the US border north to Kelowna, is laden with orchards and vineyards, making it especially appealing in spring, when the fruit trees are in full bloom. The best time to enjoy some of the valley's bounty is mid-August through early September. British Columbians have long taken inordinate pride in their wines which we will experience while exploring the region.

Lunch: We stop at the lovely Minter Gardens for lunch and guided walk through the exquisite gardens.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Summerhill Pyramid Winery. The Okanagan Valley is well known for its unparalleled variety of climate and landscape from lush orchards to arid desert-like landscape. Visit a local winery for a private tour and wine tasting. Sample a variety of hand-crafted Okanagan wines in this unique and authentic setting, surrounded by the actual vineyards where the fruit is produced on site.

Dinner: Dine at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery's Sunset Organic Bistro boasting unparalleled views of Okanagan Lake. The Bistro offers a wonderful marriage of organic food and wine produce on site.

Lodging: Comfort Suites Kelowna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the beauty of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. This all suites hotel is just minutes from downtown Kelowna, stunning wineries, orchards, mountains, lakes and numerous outdoor adventures.

Contact info:
2656 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, BC V1X 4J4 Canada
phone: 250-861-1110
web: www.comfortsuiteskelowna.com/

Room amenities: LCD Cable television - movie channels AM/FM alarm clock with ipod dock Bathrobes Coffee/tea maker Iron, full size ironing board Hairdryer Free local calls under 30 minutes High-speed wired & wireless Internet access Voice mail Air-conditioning Refrigerators in all guestrooms Microwaves in all guestrooms

Facility amenities: Indoor pool with 40' water slide Hot tub 24-hour front desk Newspapers in lobby Guest laundry Sightseeing tours Ice/vending machines Free parking Parking for the physically challenged Meeting facilities Courier Service Business centre Audio/visual equipment Conference services Fax services Photocopy services Valet Cleaning Cardio Centre - Fully equipped with a stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer and universal weights, you will be sure to stay on track while staying at our new hotel in Kelowna Rollaway Beds & rooms for the physically challenged available

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Osoyoos: Nk'Mip Cultural Centre/See Ya Later Ranc...
Note: On the morning guided walk to the Pit House Village, the trail is over relatively flat terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Nk'Mip Cultural Centre. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people on a field trip to the Nk’Mip Cultural Centre. The state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. On a guided walk down a 1.5 km trail to the Pit House Village, discuss Okanagan Culture, history, ecology and botany along the way. The centre is renowned for its award-winning Rattlesnake Research project; accordingly, the centre has created “Snakes Alive”, a program that educates about the seven snake species that inhabit the South Okanagan, focusing on the endangered Western Rattlesnake. Storytelling, the oral tradition through which aboriginals have passed on their rich history, tells the legends and Chaptik of the Nk’Mip, and allows for a better understanding of how the Okanagan people relate to us. More hands on programs include a Talking Stick making/decorating session and a drum making program, while a traditional food tasting provides the perfect opportunity to sample a variety of traditional berries, meat, fish, bannock, and prickly pear cactus endemic to the South Okanagan.

Lunch: Lunch at Passa Tempo.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: See Ya Later Ranch and Mission Hill Winery. Over the last two decades the Okanagan Valley has become known as an extremely unique, breathtakingly beautiful, premium wine growing region. The diversity of vines that thrive here provides winemakers with a multitude of options to express their creative talents and technical experience. The region has attracted winemakers from around the world and is now home to vintners from France, Australia, California, New Zealand and South Africa. Visit See Ya Later Ranch, a one-hour winery tour will a focus on viticulture and tell the quirky history of the ranch. The winery produces premium varietals that include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Meritage, Semillon,Icewine, and a classical method Brut. The tour begins in our working vineyard and concludes in the historic Major Fraser Room with wine tasting. Next we visit the Mission Hill Winery which was awarded Winery of the Year - 2011 Intervin International Wine Awards. The estate winery is situated in the heart of British Columbia's breathtaking Okanagan Valley wine country, one of the Pacific Northwest's undiscovered gems. Hear about the history, winemaking philosophy and, most importantly, the wines. Experience the nature and art of winemaking by walking through lush on-site vineyards and visiting the underground cellars.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Comfort Suites Kelowna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The Banff Inn offers modern hotel accommodations located on Banff Avenue, only minutes away from the downtown shops, restaurants and many of Banff's attractions. The Banff Inn is ideal lodging for Canadian Rockies vacations and our outgoing staff will be happy to offer suggestions on all Banff National Park attractions.

Contact info:
501 Banff Avenue
PO Box 1018
Banff, AB T1L 1A9 Canada
phone: 403-762-8844
web: www.banffinn.com/index.html

Room amenities: All rooms feature colour television with cable, coffee makers, hairdryers, complimentary wireless internet and individual climate control (heat + air conditioning ).

Facility amenities: Centrally located sauna, steamroom and large jacuzzi whirlpool. Underground parking with elevator access. A coin operated high speed internet kiosk is located in the lobby. Complimentary wireless available throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Spiral Tunnel/Roger's Pass/Banff National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After a hearty breakfast we journey north along the Trans Canada Highway, where the road winds its way into the Monashee Mountains and past Craigellachie, the site of the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. As we continue on to Revelstoke, and up through Kicking Horse Pass we stop at the legendary Spiral Tunnels, a highlight of this routes and historic rail line that united Canada's east and west. Spiral Tunnels is an engineering marvel that loops into Mount Stephen - considered the most difficult railway track on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Lunch: We stop for lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue along Roger’s Pass to the summit of Glacier National Park and finally enter Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 2,564 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots. In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. The Park was born from that humble beginning.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Banff.

Lodging: The Banff Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Banff Inn offers modern hotel accommodations located on Banff Avenue, only minutes away from the downtown shops, restaurants and many of Banff's attractions. The Banff Inn is ideal lodging for Canadian Rockies vacations and our outgoing staff will be happy to offer suggestions on all Banff National Park attractions.

Contact info:
501 Banff Avenue
PO Box 1018
Banff, AB T1L 1A9 Canada
phone: 403-762-8844
web: www.banffinn.com/index.html

Room amenities: All rooms feature colour television with cable, coffee makers, hairdryers, complimentary wireless internet and individual climate control (heat + air conditioning ).

Facility amenities: Centrally located sauna, steamroom and large jacuzzi whirlpool. Underground parking with elevator access. A coin operated high speed internet kiosk is located in the lobby. Complimentary wireless available throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, September 21 - Banff: Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Lake...
Banff: Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Lake Louise/Victoria Glacier

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada commemorating the birthplace of Canada's National Park system, which began here in 1885. Learn about the growth and development of Canada's national parks system and its influence on Canada's future. Explore the naturally occurring, warm mineral springs which can be found inside the cave and outside in an emerald coloured basin.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Travel along the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise and explore the biodiversity and outstanding geological features of this area with a local naturalist. In Lake Louise, walk along the shoreline of this brilliantly colored lake and witness first hand the spectacular view of Victoria Glacier. Hear about the history of Chateau Lake Louise as you explore the grounds of this heritage property.

Dinner: Return to Banff for dinner on your own.

Lodging: The Banff Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Banff Inn offers modern hotel accommodations located on Banff Avenue, only minutes away from the downtown shops, restaurants and many of Banff's attractions. The Banff Inn is ideal lodging for Canadian Rockies vacations and our outgoing staff will be happy to offer suggestions on all Banff National Park attractions.

Contact info:
501 Banff Avenue
PO Box 1018
Banff, AB T1L 1A9 Canada
phone: 403-762-8844
web: www.banffinn.com/index.html

Room amenities: All rooms feature colour television with cable, coffee makers, hairdryers, complimentary wireless internet and individual climate control (heat + air conditioning ).

Facility amenities: Centrally located sauna, steamroom and large jacuzzi whirlpool. Underground parking with elevator access. A coin operated high speed internet kiosk is located in the lobby. Complimentary wireless available throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, September 22 - Banff: Columbia Icefields/Athabasca Glacier
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 the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Columbia Icefields. Today we travel a portion of the Icefields Parkway and experience one of Canada's national treasures boasting a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. Stretching 144 miles through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, this incredible area profiles a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. Learn about the Columbia Icefield a surviving remnant of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains. Lying on a wide, elevated plateau, it is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. The Athabasca is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Experience the Athabasca in the comfort of a massive snow coach, specially designed for glacial travel. Travel out onto the surface of the glacier with our local guide where we can safely step out and stand on this powerful ancient ice while learning about the . Because of a warming climate, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms, the shrinking glacier has left a moonscape of rocky moraines in its wake. Learn about the retreat of the glacier, its surrounding habitat and how plants and wildlife survive in such conditions, as well as a brief look at the human history in the area.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to Columbia Icefields continues. Return to Banff.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: The Banff Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The Banff Inn offers modern hotel accommodations located on Banff Avenue, only minutes away from the downtown shops, restaurants and many of Banff's attractions. The Banff Inn is ideal lodging for Canadian Rockies vacations and our outgoing staff will be happy to offer suggestions on all Banff National Park attractions.

Contact info:
501 Banff Avenue
PO Box 1018
Banff, AB T1L 1A9 Canada
phone: 403-762-8844
web: www.banffinn.com/index.html

Room amenities: All rooms feature colour television with cable, coffee makers, hairdryers, complimentary wireless internet and individual climate control (heat + air conditioning ).

Facility amenities: Centrally located sauna, steamroom and large jacuzzi whirlpool. Underground parking with elevator access. A coin operated high speed internet kiosk is located in the lobby. Complimentary wireless available throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, September 23 - Banff: Whyte Museum/Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Whyte Museum. Explore the Whyte Museum, one of Banff's most culturally significant museums, and learn of the remarkable history of some of the locals and their cultural past. The Whyte Museum is the gateway for experiencing and enjoying the art, culture and history of the Canadian Rockies.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Banff - visit the hot springs, discover the town site or take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a fantastic 360 degree view.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Banff Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Tuesday, September 24 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Final breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures from the hotel in Banff. There is a shuttle service between Banff and Calgary (downtown and airport).

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vancouver, BC
Grouse MountainTake the Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. If you want a real challenge - or at least a serious workout - try the Grouse Grind. A 2.9-kilometre (3700 ft) trail straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain. When you do the Grind, it's recommended you wear hiking boots and carry water. For those in good shape the hike takes about an hour. An average time would be between one and a half to two hours. The world record for doing the Grind is under 27 minutes! It's free to hike up, but it's not wise (or advised) for you to hike back down so you'll need to pay for the gondola ride to the bottom ($10 - 15 CDN for gondola ride). The Grind is open from late Spring to early Fall, dependant on weather and trail conditions.
For additional information, visit: www.grousemountain.com
Museum of VancouverMuseum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibits tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late ‘70s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park, set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline, and mountains.
For additional information, visit: www.museumofvancouver.ca
Vancouver Maritime MuseumVisitors enjoy the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s many permanent and changing exhibits, the famous RCMP schooner St Roch and Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. The Maritime Museum tells the stories of Canada's ties to the Pacific and the Arctic. As a centre for life-long learning, the Museum interprets our ongoing interaction with the sea through exhibitions and programs for people of all ages. Visitors will discover rich maritime history and traditions and there’s so much to see and do for landlubbers and old salts. Explore the many exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, lighthouses, early fur trade, fireboats, Vancouver warships, deep-ocean exploration, coastal and transpacific steamship lines, and so much more.
For additional information, visit: www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
Vancouver Zodiac AdventuresImmerse yourself in the pristine scenery and coastal wildlife of British Columbia. On this 3-hour tour, your guide will take you deep into Howe Sound to explore the many islands and inlets. Once there, you will encounter seals and sea lions, visit seabird nesting sites and discover bald eagles. Also be on the lookout for porpoises! Returning to Coal Harbour you will be treated to breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The tours are guided by a certified naturalist/skipper and depart from the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver dock.
For additional information, visit: www.princeofwhales.com/vancouver-departures/vancouver-zodiac-adventure-tours/
Banff, Alberta
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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