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Program #21439RJ
12 Days | 11 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
Jasper has an altitude of 1,062m or 3,484 ft

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 25, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: We are a family owned hotel and are fortunate enough to call Banff and the Canadian Rockies our home. We welcome all our guests like they are part of our family, and we take great pleasure in ensuring you have the best Banff experience. After giving you a warm welcome, our friendly staff are eager to share their knowledge and help you create your own lasting memories. Discover why our past guests keep coming back!

Contact info:
419 Banff Avenue
Box 700
Banff, AB Canada
phone: 403-762-2236
web: www.banffhighcountryinn.com/

Room amenities: Rooms have mini fridge, coffee maker and courtesy coffee, Cable TV, individual climate control and air conditioning. Most rooms with private balcony. Free wireless internet and free local calls.

Facility amenities: Set against a mountain backdrop, the High Country Inn offers an array of luxurious amenities that will ensure comfort and relaxation. Swim a lap in the indoor heated pool, soak in the hot tub or unwind in the traditional dry cedar sauna. When ready to enjoy what Banff has to offer, the knowledgeable staff is prepared to direct you to area attractions such as hiking trails, riding stables and guided tours. In addition to comfortable units and spacious suites, guests will also find: the Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant, indoor heated pool, hot tubs and dry cedar sauna; 24-hour front desk; Wireless Internet and Internet Kiosk.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel for rates and availability for additional nights before the program. Toll-Free:


Day One: Monday, July 14 - Arrival and Check-in/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Arrive To: Arrivals and check-in to the hotel in Banff after 3:00 p.m.

Dinner: Our welcome dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation, introductions and a review of the itinerary following dinner. 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: High Country Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: We are a family owned hotel and are fortunate enough to call Banff and the Canadian Rockies our home. We welcome all our guests like they are part of our family, and we take great pleasure in ensuring you have the best Banff experience. After giving you a warm welcome, our friendly staff are eager to share their knowledge and help you create your own lasting memories. Discover why our past guests keep coming back!

Contact info:
419 Banff Avenue
Box 700
Banff, AB Canada
phone: 403-762-2236
web: www.banffhighcountryinn.com/

Room amenities: Rooms have mini fridge, coffee maker and courtesy coffee, Cable TV, individual climate control and air conditioning. Most rooms with private balcony. Free wireless internet and free local calls.

Facility amenities: Set against a mountain backdrop, the High Country Inn offers an array of luxurious amenities that will ensure comfort and relaxation. Swim a lap in the indoor heated pool, soak in the hot tub or unwind in the traditional dry cedar sauna. When ready to enjoy what Banff has to offer, the knowledgeable staff is prepared to direct you to area attractions such as hiking trails, riding stables and guided tours. In addition to comfortable units and spacious suites, guests will also find: the Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant, indoor heated pool, hot tubs and dry cedar sauna; 24-hour front desk; Wireless Internet and Internet Kiosk.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel for rates and availability for additional nights before the program. Toll-Free:


Day Two: Tuesday, July 15 - Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Lake Louise...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Creating the Canadian Cordillera – Fifty years ago we thought that the Rockies popped up out of a “geosyncline”, and we had no reasonable explanation for the weird rock making up the mountains to the west. Now we know! Join one of Canada's better-known naturalists and award-winning author, Ben Gadd, as he shares the fascinating story of the Canadian Rockies.

Morning: Explore the Cave and Basin National Historic Site with naturalist Ben Gadd. The warm waters issuing from Sulphur Mountain were known to aboriginal peoples. These hot springs later became the centrepiece of Canada's first national park (and the world's third.) We will also stroll down to the warm marshes below the springs, easily accessible along a boardwalk, to see birds and tropical fish. Bring your binoculars!

Lunch: In Lake Louise.

Afternoon: Discover the geological highlights of the Rockies in Lake Louise and Yoho National Park with Ben Gadd, renowned naturalist and author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies including a 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: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore the many dining options available in Banff.

Lodging: High Country Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Wednesday, July 16 - Icefields Parkway/Athabasca Glacier Icewalk/Jaspe...
Note: Glacier Icewalk is approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Walking up to 1.5 miles (2.5 km) on the Athabasca Glacier. Gentle elevation gain of 200 metres/650 ft, with some steeper inclines. Crampons for footwear to prevent falls will be available. Suggested items to bring: sunglasses/sunscreen, warm clothes (no shorts), water bottle, camera, binoculars and a hat.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We travel from mountains to glaciers as we depart for Jasper on the Icefields Parkway; linking Lake Louise to Jasper, it 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. Interpretive commentary along the way.

Morning: With an experienced guide, embark on an Icewalk on the Athabasca Glacier. Travel up the lower 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) of the Athabasca Glacier while hearing about the concepts of glaciation and the features of a glacially carved landscape. Stop along the way to see and discover many examples or moraines, millwells and small crevasses while surrounded by the peaks of the stunning in the Canadian Rockies.

Lunch: Box lunch

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 grizzly bears during spring, summer and fall.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Free time to enjoy Jasper.

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: Thursday, July 17 - Maligne Canyon/Pyramid Lake/Jasper National Park
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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.

Afternoon: Once a homestead of an early pioneer family, Palisades Stewardship Education Centre is an historic ranch 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.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: The Chateau Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Welcome to the Ramada hotel located in the heart of Prince George British Columbia. A historic city that has become a hub and gateway for transportation, commerce, and tourism for the Province of BC and now, North America. As our valued guest, our team is dedicated to ensuring your visit is one to remember. Toll Free: 1-800-830-8833

Contact info:
444 George Street
Prince George, BC V2L 1R6 Canada
phone: 250-563-0055
web: www.ramadaprincegeorge.com/

Room amenities: Enjoy luxurious comfort in our newly renovated Premiere Guest Rooms. You are sure to have a restful sleep on our Simmons Beauty Rest, Cape Breton series mattresses dressed in 300 thread count linens. Experience convenience and make use of our audio visual panel to connect any of your personal media to our 42 LED television. When your electronics are not in use store them in your personal in room safe which can accommodate up to a 17 laptop with an in safe outlet for charging capabilities. After a hard day of work or play enjoy a relaxing hot shower with your choice of a wand or rain shower head.

Facility amenities: Starbucks Nothing beats a perfect cup of coffee in the morning, and you don't even have to get out of your pajamas to get it! Our Starbucks is located in our Grand Lobby, open 7am – 7pm Monday – Saturday and 7am-7pm on Sunday. Sheffield Express Everyone has forgotten something at some point during their travels, and we have the solution! Sheffield Express has many items to suit your needs, from snacks to toiletries. Fitness Centre Our Fitness Centre is located on the third floor, and offers a clean, comfortable, modern space with state-of-the-art Star Trac Equipment series. A great way to begin or end your day. Swimming Pool Located next to our Fitness Centre, you will enjoy our indoor pool, and jetted whirlpool. Whether you wish to swim laps or soothe your muscles, we are open from 6:00am – 11:00pm daily. Business Centre Our 24 hour Business Center is located in the lobby, allowing our guests the privacy to conduct their business with the assistance of our computer station, fax and photocopy machine.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, July 18 - Skeena Train to Prince George/Prince George
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Free time to enjoy Jasper in the morning. Coach transfer to Via Rail Skeena Train en route to Prince George, British Columbia.

Lunch: Lunch will be served onboard the train

Afternoon: Today we embark on a two-day journey aboard Via Rail’s Skeena Train, through the majestic Rocky mountains and untouched countryside. Travel in “totem class”, from the heart of the Rockies to the shores of the Pacific in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Experience the magnificent scenery along the route including Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies; British Columbia's lush Skeena River Valley and the giant cedars and hemlocks that line the western slope of the Pacific Coastal mountain range. The train covers the entirety of its 725-mile journey during daylight hours.

Dinner: Will be served onboard the train

Evening: Arrive in Prince George. Known as British Columbia's northern capital, Prince George is situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers. The origins of Prince George can be traced to the fur trading post of Fort George, established in 1807 by Simon Fraser.

Lodging: Ramada Prince George

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prince Rupert Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown with some rooms having views of the inner harbour and surrounding mountains. We are conveniently located close to shopping and a variety of great local restaurants.

Contact info:
118 - 6th Street
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3L7 Canada
phone: 250-624-6711
web: www.princeruperthotel.com/

Room amenities: Desk, individual room climate controls, direct-dial telephone with voice mail, Wireless and Wired high-speed internet.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant; dry cleaning and laundry services available ($$);coffee and tea; irons & ironing boards. WiFi throughout the hotel and in each guestroom. Wired internet access is also available in each guestrooms. ATM On Site. 24 Hour Reception Desk

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, July 19 - Skeena Train to Prince Rupert
Breakfast: Served onboard the train.

Morning: Depart Prince George for Prince Rupert on Skeena Train. High in the coastal mountains of northwestern British Columbia, at the edge of the Spasizi Plateau, the Skeena River begins its 570 kilometer run to the Pacific. Draining a total area of 54,400 square kilometers, the Skeena is the second largest river in the province, and one of the longest un-dammed rivers in the world. Informal discussions onboard the train will highlight the biodiversity of the landscape and the issues of conservation and preservation. Spacious assigned seats in the glass enclosed Panorama Car provides an unbeatable opportunity to observe the landscapes under study.

Lunch: Served onboard the train.

Afternoon: Our rail journey continues as we make our way towards Prince Rupert.

Dinner: Served onboard the train.

Evening: Arrive in Prince Rupert and transfer to the hotel. This region of the North Coast is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the world with its fjords, inlets, rain forests, lagoons, sandy beaches, haunting abandoned villages. Prince Rupert is located on Kaien Island at the mouth of a fjord.

Lodging: The Prince Rupert Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prince Rupert Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown with some rooms having views of the inner harbour and surrounding mountains. We are conveniently located close to shopping and a variety of great local restaurants.

Contact info:
118 - 6th Street
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3L7 Canada
phone: 250-624-6711
web: www.princeruperthotel.com/

Room amenities: Desk, individual room climate controls, direct-dial telephone with voice mail, Wireless and Wired high-speed internet.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant; dry cleaning and laundry services available ($$);coffee and tea; irons & ironing boards. WiFi throughout the hotel and in each guestroom. Wired internet access is also available in each guestrooms. ATM On Site. 24 Hour Reception Desk

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, July 20 - Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary - Full Day G...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: A presentation will set the stage for an incredible journey to the Khutzeymateen Valley, home to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in North America. As we cruise north through Chatam Sound, the foliage becomes denser, and hardy Western hemlocks carpet the mountains that guard the entrance to the estuary. Along the way, watch for porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and blue herons as you learn first-hand about this diverse marine environment. Pass through cliffs that rise up from the waters of the 14-mile long Khutzeymateen Inlet towards peaks of over 6,500 feet high. Beyond lies a valley of ancient spruce forests and the protected land of the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Here we will have an opportunity to observe these legendary giants in their pristine natural environment. It is truly a photographer’s paradise and will be the highlight of your program.

Lunch: Lunch on site.

Afternoon: Grizzly bear viewing continues in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Khutzeymateen Provincial Park [a.k.a. Khutzeymateen/K’tsim-a-deen Grizzly Sanctuary] was established as the first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears and their habitat. It also represents the first undisturbed estuary of its size to be protected along the north coast of BC. The topography of this land and marine sanctuary is diverse, with rugged peaks towering to 2100 metres above a valley of wetlands, old growth temperate rainforests and a large estuary. An abundance of wildlife shares the area.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: Free time to relax and prepare for tomorrow's early morning departure.

Lodging: The Prince Rupert Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prince Rupert Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown with some rooms having views of the inner harbour and surrounding mountains. We are conveniently located close to shopping and a variety of great local restaurants.

Contact info:
118 - 6th Street
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3L7 Canada
phone: 250-624-6711
web: www.princeruperthotel.com/

Room amenities: Desk, individual room climate controls, direct-dial telephone with voice mail, Wireless and Wired high-speed internet.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant; dry cleaning and laundry services available ($$);coffee and tea; irons & ironing boards. WiFi throughout the hotel and in each guestroom. Wired internet access is also available in each guestrooms. ATM On Site. 24 Hour Reception Desk

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, July 21 - Pacific Northwest Cannery Historic Site/Northwest...
Pacific Northwest Cannery Historic Site/Northwest Coast History And Culture

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Northwest Coast with a museum curator. Learn about the important role of feasting and performance art in Northwest Coast culture during a real life feast experience. View ceremonial regalia and extraordinary feast art in the museum’s galleries and discover their significance with museum experts. After a short walk, enter the feast house as a guest, where song, mask dancing and storytelling inform and delight.

Lunch: At the Pacific Northwest Cannery Historic Site.

Afternoon: One of the most significant sites of its kind in Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest Cannery Historic Site provides insight into life at remote salmon canneries and how the industry shaped the economy and culture of the province. Additional notes for copy: We’ll explore North Pacific Cannery’s historic boardwalks, industrial buildings, residences and wilderness surroundings on a private tour connecting participants with the salmon canning industry, highlighting the people, living quarters, workspaces, and functions of a remote cannery. Experience live demonstrations of cannery machinery, a glimpse into the unique living experiences of workers of First Nations, Japanese, Chinese, and European descent, and a journey from the earliest days of salmon canning to the modern methods that take place today.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time to explore Prince Rupert. One option is The Prince Rupert Performing Arts Centre (the Lester Centre) is a state of the art 700 seat facility operated by a non-profit society for the cultural benefit of the people of the Northwest. It hosts more than 120 performances each year as well displaying art from local artists.

Lodging: The Prince Rupert Hotel

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

Description: The Haida Way is Port McNeill’s most popular Northern Vancouver Island accommodation. At Port McNeill's centre, the Haida Way is within walking distance of shopping, the harbor and the ferry terminal to Sointula and Alert Bay. For your convenience, we offer a full-service restaurant, lively pub and well-stocked liquor store. Approved by BCAA and Tourism BC, the Haida Way’s 70 cozy guestrooms and suites feature brand-new queen-size beds and free wireless Internet.

Contact info:
1817 Campbell Way
Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Canada
phone: 205-956-3373
web: www.pmhotels.com

Room amenities: Our rooms are accessible to the handicapped, and include fridges, microwaves, complimentary coffee and cable television.

Facility amenities: Supplementing our 70 modern air conditioned guest rooms, we offer a fully licensed dining room, cafe and pub. Other amenities include: free wireless Internet access and a computer terminal in the lobby and a coin operated laundry facility.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 22 - BC Ferry to Port Hardy/Canada's Inside Passage
Note: This ferry trip is 16 hours - participants will have a cabin onboard to relax or rest during the journey.

Breakfast: On board the ferry.

Morning: Depart from Prince Rupert aboard BC Ferries. Cruise southward through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage to Port Hardy. Cabins will be made available on-board the ferry which will allow participants the opportunity to rest. This 15 hour journey takes you past spectacular coastal rainforests, and majestic coastal mountains. Informal discussion and interpretation of coastal ecological issues while passing noted villages, first contact sites, sea mammals, etc.

Lunch: Onboard the ferry

Afternoon: We continue to cruise through Canada's Inside Passage. Cut from the coastal mountains by glaciers millions of years ago, the fjords of Canada’s Inside Passage provide vistas of spectacular coastal rainforests, beaches, waterfalls and mountains.

Dinner: Onboard the ferry

Evening: Arrive in Port Hardy and transfer to our hotel in nearby Port McNeill.

Lodging: Haida Way Hotel

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

Description: Overlooking Georgia Strait, the Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo BC is a premier hotel with facilities to suit all travelers. Enjoy the convenience of staying at one of the best downtown Nanaimo hotels, and take in the beautiful ocean view from each and every guest room.

Contact info:
11 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4 Canada
phone: 250-753-6601
web: www.coasthotels.com/home/sites/nanaimo

Room amenities: High-speed Internet, in-room coffee, tea and hot chocolate service, 27" television, air-conditioning, voice mail, balcony, complimentary local phone calls, Cable TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and work desk.

Facility amenities: Concierge Service, Business Centre, valet laundry, Level 3 Accessibility guest rooms, fitness facility with universal gym, whirlpool, sauna and sun deck; limited secretarial services, 24 hour room service, Gift Shop, Tan's Hair and Tanning Studio, Aquatic Center - 5 minutes drive/ $5 per person.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, July 23 - Telegraph Cove - Whale Viewing Expedition
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we travel south along the rugged coast of Vancouver Island to historic Telegraph Cove, BC’s last boardwalk community and considered by some to be the best location in the world to observe Orca (Killer) Whales. The Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago are home to a bounty of marine wildlife including humpback whales, Steller sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, bald eagles and so much more. We will head out into the protected waters an ideal location to view and listen to orcas and other marine mammals as they feed, socialize and raise their young. We will cruise through the passages and around the islands that are teeming with wildlife in one of the most beautiful locations on British Columbia’s coast. The boat is equipped with underwater microphones (hydrophones) so we can listen in on the squeaks, whistles and echolocation that allow orcas and dolphins the ability to communicate and locate their food.

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: Depart for Nanaimo. We'll stop at Coombs Country Market (the one with the goats on the roof).

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant en route.

Evening: Arrive in Nanaimo, our destination for the night. Bordered by the Strait of Georgia and surrounded by forest, ocean, islands and mountains, Nanaimo is centrally located on Vancouver Island. Its scenic harbor and bustling waterfront are the focus of this thriving coastal city and it serves as a major ferry terminal, linking Vancouver Island with mainland British Columbia.

Lodging: The Coast Bastion Inn

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, mini fridges, morning newspaper, free high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios and flat screen TV’s.

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 2 bars on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Contact the hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll-Free: 1-800-663-9400

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Thursday, July 24 - Ferry to Vancouver/Vancouver Coach Excursion
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: We head for the Ferry Terminal and board the BC Ferry back to Vancouver.

Lunch: Lunch on your own on the ferry.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided coach excursion of Vancouver. British Columbia’s largest city is cradled between snow-capped mountains and the Pacific Ocean and is ranked as one of the best places in the world to live.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in Vancouver.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, July 25 - Program Concludes/Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is served from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Morning: Departure after breakfast according to individual travel plans. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. 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/
Vancouver, British Columbia
Capilano Suspension BridgeVoices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt colourful totem poles, British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legend into cedar and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest. Cross the suspension bridge, try out Canada’s award-winning tourist attraction, Treetops Adventure which offers a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest in the mid-story of 1300-year-old old growth Douglas-firs; or take the Cliffwalk with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.
For additional information, visit: www.capbridge.com
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese GardenStep back in time to 15th Century China at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The first of its kind outside of China, the Garden offers a glimpse into life as a Chinese scholar during the Ming dynasty. Scholars lived and worked in their gardens, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar's garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation. As a bridge between cultures, the Garden offers lively demonstrations, Chinese festival celebrations and diverse art exhibitions. We also feature musical concerts such as the summer Enchanted Evenings Concert series.
For additional information, visit: www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/
Granville IslandEarly in the morning, the first Aquabus of the day putters across False Creek, heading towards Granville Island. Home to 300 businesses, studios and facilities, the destination still retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well. You can see it in the detail of a ceramic bowl or the gentle curve of a freshly blown glass vase, the intricacy of a piece of jewellery or the flick of a painter's brush. Granville Island's charming public market overflows with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek. Street music is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Granville Island. Singer/songwriters strum away in open courtyards, drum circles form out of nowhere, and a clear strain of a melody from violin or saxophone melody often seems to make its way to the ears of an unsuspecting visitor
For additional information, visit: www.granvilleisland.com/discover-island/visitors-guide
Harbour CruiseVancouver's best sightseeing, dining and special event cruises. Join Vancouver's most popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, an amazing opportunity to enjoy the fabulous sunset view. Enjoy Vancouver's only authentic paddlewheeler and narrated tour of the inner harbour or relax with Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise through a secluded mountain fjord. A unique experience, since the area is only accessible by boat, in 4 hours you will pass Deep Cove to Indian Arm and finally reach Silver Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.boatcruises.com/
Vancouver AquariumCanada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life through display, interpretation, education, research, and direct action. You can experience all of this and more when you visit us. Research is ongoing at Aquarium labs and with display animals, by graduate students and staff.
For additional information, visit: www.vanaqua.org/home/
Vancouver MuseumThe Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs.
For additional information, visit: www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/index.htm

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