Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier, on a 3 mile/5 km round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 200 years ago.Lunch: Boxed lunch en route.Afternoon: Arrive in Jasper late afternoon; check into the hotel and freshen up before dinner.
Jasper lies in the center of Jasper National Park, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, and it is known around the world for its rugged beauty. It is also a renowned, world-class resort town that has many attractions, yet it retains its small-town feel. Its distance from large urban centers and its relatively intact ecology give you a real sense of the early days in the Rockies.Dinner: At the hotel.Evening: This evening is free to rest after a long day of travelling.Lodging: The Chateau JasperMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The tall pine covered forests of these wilderness areas are home to an abundance of mountain goats, elk, moose, and bears. Scenic trails let you explore the spectacular vantage points, flower meadows, and sapphire blue mountain lakes.Lunch: At the hotel.Afternoon: Enjoy an optional excursion to the Jasper -Yellowhead Museum and Archives, where you can explore the history of the Jasper-Yellowhead corridor from its earliest visitors 10,000 years ago to the present day. The Historical Gallery includes exhibits on the fur trade, the pioneers, the railways, early tourism in Jasper National Park and the town of Jasper.Dinner: At the hotel.Evening: Explore "The History of Jasper" in an evening presentation.Lodging: The Chateau JasperMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Please be aware that arrival time in Quesnel could vary depending on rail traffic or weather conditions. Rocky Mountaineer staff will do their best to keep you informed of your estimated time of arrival.
Dinner: On your own in Quesnel.Lodging: Sandman Hotel QuesnelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Please be aware that arrival time in Whistler could vary depending on rail traffic or weather conditions, which could make for a long day of travelling. Rocky Mountaineer staff will do their best to keep you informed of your estimated time of arrival.
Dinner: At the hotel.Lodging: Listel Whistler HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. You will be guided by docents who are students of anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
Dinner: On your own to explore the wide array of dining options in Vancouver; or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.Evening: Free evening to explore Vancouver on your own, join the Group Leader or relax at your hotel.Lodging: Best Western Sands by the SeaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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
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 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 visitorFor additional information, visit: www.granvilleisland.com/discover-island/visitors-guide