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Program #20648RJ
6 Days | 5 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
Banff is situated at 4,540 ft.

Itinerary for Jul 6 — Jul 11, 2014

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Type: Inn

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 Irwin's 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; rooms are fully air conditioned, hair dryers, in-room coffee maker, irons and ironing boards available on request from front desk.

Facility amenities: Fitness Centre, coin laundry, small gift shop, free wireless Internet, Internet Kiosk, 10 person jetted tub, 4 person Sauna, games room, massage therapy. Located within walking distance of downtown Banff. On-site dining at the El Toro restaurant, located on the street level of the inn, it has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Banff, El Toro specializes in steak, seafood and Greek dishes.

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 for current rates and availability. Toll-Free: 1-888-905-5959


Day One: Sunday, July 06 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Check-in is 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant at 6:30 p.m.

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Irwin's Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

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 Irwin's 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; rooms are fully air conditioned, hair dryers, in-room coffee maker, irons and ironing boards available on request from front desk.

Facility amenities: Fitness Centre, coin laundry, small gift shop, free wireless Internet, Internet Kiosk, 10 person jetted tub, 4 person Sauna, games room, massage therapy. Located within walking distance of downtown Banff. On-site dining at the El Toro restaurant, located on the street level of the inn, it has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Banff, El Toro specializes in steak, seafood and Greek dishes.

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 for current rates and availability. Toll-Free: 1-888-905-5959


Day Two: Monday, July 07 - Banff National Park/Johnston Canyon/Lake Louise
Note: Johnston Canyon trail walk is approximately 2 miles/3 km along paved pathways with guardrails. Optional 1.25 mile/2 km trail walk at Lake Louise.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Discussions in Banff National Park will focus on the formation of Canada's park system; history of Alberta's ranching industry; First Nations study with emphasis on the Stoney Indian people; formation of the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) and mountain geology. Arrive at Johnston Canyon for a trail walk while learning about the area flora/fauna; examine the measures taken to preserve the ecological integrity of the area.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Explore the alpine beauty of the Lake Louise area with guided trail walks and free time to explore the heritage exhibits at the renowned Chateau Lake Louise. Discuss the human history and exploration of the Lake Louise area, and study the impact of glacier formation on mountain geology while viewing the stunning Victoria Glacier. Knowledgeable guides will discuss the founding of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the hot springs discovery, and the park's connections to Hollywood film-making.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Irwin's Mountain Inn

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

Description: BEST WESTERN PLUS Port O' Call Calgary Airport Hotel is conveniently located only 3.72 miles (6 kms) from the Calgary International and also provides easy access to downtown Calgary, a number of Calgary attractions and Banff National Park. In addition, the hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet, an indoor pool, New Water Park featuring two slides, extensive fitness room, and several onsite restaurants for your convenience.

Contact info:
1935 McKnight Blvd N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 6V4 Canada
phone: 403-291-4600
web: www.bwportocallhotel.com/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms have cable television with in-room movies, voicemail, irons, coffee makers and hair dryers. High speed Internet is available upon request.

Facility amenities: • Complimentary shuttle to/from Calgary Airport • Indoor pool • Hot tub - Whirlpool • Exercise facility • Squash courts • Barber/beauty shop • Gift Shop • Dry cleaning • Guest laundry • High-speed Internet access

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.
Contact hotel directly. Toll Free: 1-800-661-1161

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Three: Tuesday, July 08 - Whyte Museum/Travel to Calgary/Glenbow Museum/Sta...
Note: Participants will receive an up to date event planner with confirmed times and venues for all Stampede events and activities. There will be several options to choose from this evening which could include: a tractor pull, cutting horse competition, heavy horse pull, miniature donkey showcase, stock dog championship and more.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Take a walk back in time and get to know the colorful individuals who built the town of Banff at the Whyte Museum. This guided tour meanders through history to take you to the riverside site where Tom Wilson established one of the first outfitting operations in the area, St. Georges-in-the-Pines Anglican Church with its unique stained glass windows, and the Luxton Home and Garden. These and many other intriguing stops reveal the fascinating history of this town.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Calgary. Travel time from Banff to Calgary will be approximately 1.5 hours on the coach (washroom available).

Afternoon: Arriving in Calgary, we explore the colorful western history and heritage of the Canadian west at the Glenbow Museum, western Canada's largest. Hear tales of the RCMP, the Blackfoot people, early European pioneers, whiskey traders, and ground-breaking entrepreneurs. Discover the new permanent exhibit, "Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta", which illustrates the province's history through the dynamic stories of over 40 mavericks from Western Canada's Past.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the Stampede grounds.

Evening: STAMPEDE EVENT: Event to be confirmed - one option is the Heavy Horse Competition which showcases light, middle, and heavy weight classes of heavy horses as they try to pull loads of over five times their own body weight across various distances. The Pull competitions are fun to watch and it's fascinating to see how powerful these horses really are.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: BEST WESTERN PLUS Port O' Call Calgary Airport Hotel is conveniently located only 3.72 miles (6 kms) from the Calgary International and also provides easy access to downtown Calgary, a number of Calgary attractions and Banff National Park. In addition, the hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet, an indoor pool, New Water Park featuring two slides, extensive fitness room, and several onsite restaurants for your convenience.

Contact info:
1935 McKnight Blvd N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 6V4 Canada
phone: 403-291-4600
web: www.bwportocallhotel.com/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms have cable television with in-room movies, voicemail, irons, coffee makers and hair dryers. High speed Internet is available upon request.

Facility amenities: • Complimentary shuttle to/from Calgary Airport • Indoor pool • Hot tub - Whirlpool • Exercise facility • Squash courts • Barber/beauty shop • Gift Shop • Dry cleaning • Guest laundry • High-speed Internet access

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.
Contact hotel directly. Toll Free: 1-800-661-1161

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, July 09 - The Big Four and the Calgary Stampede/Rodeo Event...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: A presentation will provide an introduction to the city of Calgary, highlighting the 'Big Four' founders of the world famous Calgary Stampede. American promoter and trick rider Guy Weadick launched the first rodeo and festival in 1912 in the hopes of establishing an event that more accurately represented the "wild west" than the shows he was a part of. Hear how he convinced several businessmen to put up $100,000 to guarantee funding for the event who came to be known as The Big Four. Over 100,000 people attended the first event in 1912. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Stampede grounds.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take in one of the rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede with reserved seating. Attend the Rodeo and watch the world's best rodeo athletes - both humans and livestock. Your reserved seat gives you a great view of this major Stampede event. Thrill to the contest between cowboy and stock and see which one comes out on top! There will be additional time before dinner to further explore the grounds and take in more of the activities that the Stampede has to offer.

Dinner: Dinner at the Stampede grounds.

Evening: STAMPEDE EVENT: Event to be confirmed. Participants will receive an event planner with confirmed times and venues for all Stampede events and activities. There will be several options to choose from this evening.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

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

Description: BEST WESTERN PLUS Port O' Call Calgary Airport Hotel is conveniently located only 3.72 miles (6 kms) from the Calgary International and also provides easy access to downtown Calgary, a number of Calgary attractions and Banff National Park. In addition, the hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet, an indoor pool, New Water Park featuring two slides, extensive fitness room, and several onsite restaurants for your convenience.

Contact info:
1935 McKnight Blvd N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 6V4 Canada
phone: 403-291-4600
web: www.bwportocallhotel.com/

Room amenities: All hotel rooms have cable television with in-room movies, voicemail, irons, coffee makers and hair dryers. High speed Internet is available upon request.

Facility amenities: • Complimentary shuttle to/from Calgary Airport • Indoor pool • Hot tub - Whirlpool • Exercise facility • Squash courts • Barber/beauty shop • Gift Shop • Dry cleaning • Guest laundry • High-speed Internet access

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.
Contact hotel directly. Toll Free: 1-800-661-1161

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, July 10 - Full Day at the Calgary Stampede/Indian Village/C...
Full Day at the Calgary Stampede/Indian Village/Chuckwagon Races & Grandstand Show

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a full day and evening at the Calgary Stampede, 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth'. We will have some scheduled activities and participants will have free time to explore the grounds. Aside from our scheduled events, there are lots of other exciting activities to choose from - see a working cow horse competition and rodeo events in the Northern Lights Arena, learn how the West was built with horsepower at Saddledome Lane or visit the Western Oasis and experience artistic excellence in photographs, bronzes, paintings, cooking demos, arts & crafts and western entertainment. We will provide a list of events.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Stampede Grounds. There are many venues including The Cantina, Nashville North, Mavericks Dining Room and Lounge: Harvest Room Cafe and The Range.

Afternoon: Learn about the history of the Treaty 7 First Nations historic partnership with the Calgary Stampede at the Indian Village. A major part of the Calgary Stampede since its inception in 1912, the Indian Village provides the opportunity for visitors to experience the First Nations traditions and culture first hand. Knowledgeable Native interpreters will guide you through the village to demonstrate the heritage and culture of the Treaty 7 natives.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on the grounds of the Calgary Stampede.

Evening: Your farewell evening begins with the exciting Rangeland Derby and the thundering Chuckwagon Races. The pounding of hooves and trembling of the ground marks the beginning of the world's premier chuckwagon event. Witness all the heart-stopping action as the teams vie for over $1.15 million in prize money! During the Stampede, the races start nightly at 8 pm.



Then finish the night with a real blast at the Grandstand Show where it's all about heat, horses and hoof beats. It promises gravity defying sights at dizzying heights and combines equine magnificence, whimsical dreamscapes and spontaneous bursts of pyrotechnic energy. This extravaganza blends music, dancing, singing and spectacle into a remarkable production that is sure to create an unforgettable experience. The climax of the evening is the explosive, award-winning fireworks finale. The show is a blazing ball of energy featuring popular artists, fantastic acrobats and amazing scenes. The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede are joined by a world-class line-up of performers that will awe you, inspire you and energize you.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, July 11 - Program Concludes/Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 am.

Morning: Departures from the Calgary hotel after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Hotel check-out is 11:00 am. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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
Banff Park MuseumThe Banff Park Museum is a national historic site because the museum's original exhibit collection reflect and commemorate an early approach to the interpretation of natural history in Canada. Also, the architectural style and detailing of the 1903 log building are characteristic examples of early federal buildings in the Park. The museum displays an extensive collection of natural history specimens (more than 5,000) which are characteristic of early museum practices. The emphasis is on changes in attitudes toward natural resource management. Although the building, the collection, and the grounds have been modified over time in response to the demands of the day, the developments and treatments are "in keeping" with the historical significance of the building and collections themselves.
For additional information, visit: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/banff/natcul.aspx
Lake Minnewanka CruiseLake Minnewanka (home of the 'Banff Crasher Squirrel') lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park, just a short 15 minute drive from the townsite of Banff. Banff Lake Cruise provides a unique sightseeing tour experience on one of two 43 passenger Lake Cruisers or the 65 passenger Alberta Explorer operating several times daily from mid-May to mid-October. This magnificent interpretive lake cruise of Minnewanka and the scenic Canadian Rockies is 1 hour and provides unique photo opportunities unavailable elsewhere. Our experienced crew will guide you through this rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. The narration is intriguing, entertaining and informative. You will learn about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit these mountains, the early explorers who named them and the tremendous forces that created them. The Lake Minnewanka valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies
For additional information, visit: http://www.explorerockies.com/minnewanka/
The Banff CentreA globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution and conference facility, The Banff Centre is a leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts, sciences, business, and the environment. It is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. Over 8,000* artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides them with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible.
For additional information, visit: www.banffcentre.ca/
Calgary, Alberta
Calgary ZooFrom the splendour of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, The Calgary Zoo takes you to see over 1,000 animals from around the world. Trek through the gorilla’s rainforest, safari over the Savannah to watch the hippos swim, or climb the Canadian Wilds for a grizzly bear encounter! Finish your world tour with a trip back in time in the Prehistoric Park or soothe your senses in nearly 6 acres of our Botanical Gardens. Relax in the new ENMAX Conservatory and enjoy the butterflies and seasonal displays.
For additional information, visit: www.calgaryzoo.com/
Canada Olympic Park/Sports Hall of FameNo visit to the Calgary is complete without a visit to WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, the most visible legacy from the 1988 Games. WinSport has taken the Olympic legacy to new heights with the goal of becoming a world-class Winter Sport Institute and helping Canadian athletes reach the podium at World Cup events and the Olympic Games. In the summer, a visit to Canada Olympic Park is the perfect tonic for adrenaline junkies! Rush down North America’s fastest zipline, reaching speeds of up to 140 km/h from the top of the 90m Ski Jump Tower, or rumble down the sliding track at 100 km/h in a four-man summer bobsleigh. (Advance booking required, please call 403.247.5452). Guests can also ride more than 25 km of mountain bike trails, enjoy a scenic round of 18 hole mini-golf, or strap on the skates at Calgary’s newest Ice Complex and home of Hockey Canada. If you’re looking for a more relaxed visit at the Park, take a tour of the iconic 90 meter Ski Jump Tower, which has graced the Calgary skyline for 25 years. Or celebrate Canadian sports history with a visit to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which features 520 inducted sports legends and more than 1,000 artifacts from a vast array of sports. Canada Olympic Park has something for everyone, and with more than a dozen sports organizations making their home at WinSport Canada, you just never know when you’ll run into a past, present or future Olympian.
For additional information, visit: www.winsportcanada.ca/facilities/cop.cfm
Fort CalgaryThe heart of Calgary is red ...the scarlet red of the North West Mounted Police tunic. When the NWMP built their fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in 1875, they laid the foundations for the city we enjoy today. They came to bring law and order to the west, to stamp out the whiskey trade, and to befriend the First Nations peoples in preparation for the treaties that would open the land for settlement. The hopes, dreams and values of that time are still evident in the city we enjoy today. Fort Calgary is located just east of downtown Calgary on a 40-acre site.
For additional information, visit: www.fortcalgary.com/
Heritage ParkStep back in time and experience hands-on history, visit with the friendly costumed townsfolk, tour 180 historical exhibits and relive the past through a huge collection of working antiques and artifacts. Explore the far corners of the Park and: -Tour the Railway Car Shop- packed full of Canada’s rail treasures, -Explore a replica of an 1860s Hudson’s Bay Company Fur Trading Fort, -Make bannock in the Aboriginal Encampment, -Visit the original home of Sam Livingston in the 1880s rustic pre-railway settlement, -Churn old-fashioned ice cream on the porch of the Burnside Ranch House, -Shop, eat and play in the bustling 1910 prairie railroad town. -Ride an authentic steam train, cruise on Calgary’s only paddlewheeler and tour the Park on a horse-drawn wagon.
For additional information, visit: www.heritagepark.ca/index.php

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