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Program #17677RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
Elevation of accommodation is 7,000 ft . Participants can experience elevations of up to 8,570 ft.

Equipment Requirements
Comfortable hiking boots, hiking poles, and casual hiking clothing. A full list will be provided after registration. Please note that there is a limited amount of space on the helicopter for luggage, so participants are required to pack according to weight limits. Sleeping bags are provided, which helps to decrease luggage size. There will be storage available at the Canmore hotel where we will be staying for the first & last nights of the program, so extra luggage is no problem.

Itinerary for Aug 22 — Aug 28, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: You will enjoy the western hospitality of this inn that is surrounded by the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Rooms have either a patio or balcony from which you can breathe in the fresh mountain air.

Contact info:
1719 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore, AB T1W 1L7 Canada
phone: 800-268-0935
web: www.canmorerockymountaininn.com

Room amenities: The rooms have in-room coffee makers, hair dryers and air conditioning. Fridge & microwave in all rooms. Free local calls.

Facility amenities: Grand lobby with wood fireplace, sauna and exercise room. Public internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact the Inn directly to book additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, August 22 - Arrivals and Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals in Canmore. Meet at the Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn at 4:30 pm in lobby; dinner and evening orientation.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 pm.

Evening: Program orientation to follow at the hotel after dinner (7:00 pm).

Lodging: Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: An isolated high alpine backcountry lodge, located 110 miles/70 kilometers from Golden BC. At an elevation of 7,200 feet and set in a stunning alpine meadow, surrounded by rugged peaks and gleaming glaciers. The lodge caters to small groups for an intimate adventure and escape from city life. The lodge features a large common area, sunroom, deck and indoor toilets. Rooms and washrooms are shared with up to 4 people. A separate building houses a classic sauna with showers. Access is via a spectacular 10 minute helicopter flight.

Contact info:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8126,
Canmore, AB T1W 2T8 Canada
phone: 403-678-1800
web: www.amiskwi.com

Facility amenities: Indoor composting toilets, large common area, sunroom, deck, wood fired sauna, two watering-can showers, large kitchen, foam mattresses and pillows. Sleeping bags and linens will be provided. Please note: there is no cell phone service or landline access at Amiskwi Lodge. However, we will have a satellite phone for emergency contact access and we check in with our office every night to retrieve any important messages.

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

Bathroom: Shared bath at lodge.


Day Two: Friday, August 23 - Yoho National Park/Helicopter Flight to Amiskwi L...
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet-style with hot/cold options at Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn from 6:30 - 7:45 am.

Morning: FIELD TRIP. Golden, BC. Depart hotel by bus at 8:00 a.m., travel to Golden, BC. En route, professional interpretation will include local history, the golden age of mountaineering, the Canadian Pacific railway, and Yoho National Park.

Lunch: Trail lunch from the locals' favorite cafe from Canmore en route. Lunch includes a hearty sandwich, fruit, tasty dessert and juice.

Afternoon: FLIGHT. Golden to Amiskwi Lodge. Departure via helicopter on a spectacular 10 minute (approximate) flight over majestic VanHorne and President ranges to Amiskwi Lodge, which is situated in an expansive alpine meadow. FIELD TRIP: Orientation to the facilities and amenities at Amiskwi Lodge, followed by a short hike of the surrounding meadows before dinner. Interpretation at lodge will include wildlife viewing and encounter protocols, alpine ecology, sustainable lodging, human impact and "Leave no Trace" ethics.

Dinner: Dinner at lodge. All meals are hearty, home-cooked fare, served family-style.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening discovery session. Learn about pine beetle infestation in local forests and the impact on the area ecology and economy.

Lodging: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: An isolated high alpine backcountry lodge, located 110 miles/70 kilometers from Golden BC. At an elevation of 7,200 feet and set in a stunning alpine meadow, surrounded by rugged peaks and gleaming glaciers. The lodge caters to small groups for an intimate adventure and escape from city life. The lodge features a large common area, sunroom, deck and indoor toilets. Rooms and washrooms are shared with up to 4 people. A separate building houses a classic sauna with showers. Access is via a spectacular 10 minute helicopter flight.

Contact info:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8126,
Canmore, AB T1W 2T8 Canada
phone: 403-678-1800
web: www.amiskwi.com

Facility amenities: Indoor composting toilets, large common area, sunroom, deck, wood fired sauna, two watering-can showers, large kitchen, foam mattresses and pillows. Sleeping bags and linens will be provided. Please note: there is no cell phone service or landline access at Amiskwi Lodge. However, we will have a satellite phone for emergency contact access and we check in with our office every night to retrieve any important messages.

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

Bathroom: Shared bath at lodge.


Day Three: Saturday, August 24 - Amiskwi Lake Hike
Breakfast: Every morning, a home-cooked breakfast will be served family-style at the lodge

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hiking Amiskwi Lake. Depart lodge for full day of interpretive hiking to Amiskwi Lake. Interpretation will include flora and fauna of the expansive alpine meadows, as well as human impacts on these delicate ecosystems. 5 - 10 miles over varied off-trail terrain, approximately 6 hours of hiking.

Lunch: Trail lunch en route. Each day, participants construct their own personalized, hearty lunch from a Smörgåsbord of ingredients, including: meat, cheese, vegetables, condiments, fruit, and a tasty treat.

Afternoon: Continuation of hiking at Amiskwi Lake.

Dinner: Dinner at lodge

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening discovery session. Leave No Trace ethics and environmentally sustainable features incorporated in the lodge structure.

Lodging: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: An isolated high alpine backcountry lodge, located 110 miles/70 kilometers from Golden BC. At an elevation of 7,200 feet and set in a stunning alpine meadow, surrounded by rugged peaks and gleaming glaciers. The lodge caters to small groups for an intimate adventure and escape from city life. The lodge features a large common area, sunroom, deck and indoor toilets. Rooms and washrooms are shared with up to 4 people. A separate building houses a classic sauna with showers. Access is via a spectacular 10 minute helicopter flight.

Contact info:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8126,
Canmore, AB T1W 2T8 Canada
phone: 403-678-1800
web: www.amiskwi.com

Facility amenities: Indoor composting toilets, large common area, sunroom, deck, wood fired sauna, two watering-can showers, large kitchen, foam mattresses and pillows. Sleeping bags and linens will be provided. Please note: there is no cell phone service or landline access at Amiskwi Lodge. However, we will have a satellite phone for emergency contact access and we check in with our office every night to retrieve any important messages.

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

Bathroom: Shared bath at lodge.


Day Four: Sunday, August 25 - Crystal Ridge Hike
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hiking Crystal Ridge. Depart lodge for a full day of interpretive hiking at Crystal Ridge. Interpretation of the geology of the surrounding mountains, including the stages of formation in the Canadian Rockies, climate change, and the future of alpine environments. 5 - 10 miles over varied off-trail terrain, approximately 6 hours of hiking.

Lunch: Trail lunch en route

Afternoon: Continuation of hiking

Dinner: Dinner at lodge

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening discovery session. Human history of the surrounding area, including First Nations trade routes, adventures of David Thompson (renowned map-maker and explorer), and the fur trade of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Lodging: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: An isolated high alpine backcountry lodge, located 110 miles/70 kilometers from Golden BC. At an elevation of 7,200 feet and set in a stunning alpine meadow, surrounded by rugged peaks and gleaming glaciers. The lodge caters to small groups for an intimate adventure and escape from city life. The lodge features a large common area, sunroom, deck and indoor toilets. Rooms and washrooms are shared with up to 4 people. A separate building houses a classic sauna with showers. Access is via a spectacular 10 minute helicopter flight.

Contact info:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8126,
Canmore, AB T1W 2T8 Canada
phone: 403-678-1800
web: www.amiskwi.com

Facility amenities: Indoor composting toilets, large common area, sunroom, deck, wood fired sauna, two watering-can showers, large kitchen, foam mattresses and pillows. Sleeping bags and linens will be provided. Please note: there is no cell phone service or landline access at Amiskwi Lodge. However, we will have a satellite phone for emergency contact access and we check in with our office every night to retrieve any important messages.

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

Bathroom: Shared bath at lodge.


Day Five: Monday, August 26 - Hidden Creek to Mummery Prospect Hike
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hiking Mummery Prospect. Depart lodge for full day of interpretive hiking to the Mummery Prospect. Interpretation will focus on glaciation and its impact on the mountain landscape. Views will include the spectacular Mummery Glacier, the historically significant Howse Pass, and the peaks and glaciers of the Continental Divide. 5 - 10 miles over varied off trail terrain, approximately 6 hours of hiking.

Lunch: Bag lunch on trail

Afternoon: Continuation of hike

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge

Evening: Evening wrap-up social and star gazing.

Lodging: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: You will enjoy the western hospitality of this inn that is surrounded by the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Rooms have either a patio or balcony from which you can breathe in the fresh mountain air.

Contact info:
1719 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore, AB T1W 1L7 Canada
phone: 800-268-0935
web: www.canmorerockymountaininn.com

Room amenities: The rooms have in-room coffee makers, hair dryers and air conditioning. Fridge & microwave in all rooms. Free local calls.

Facility amenities: Grand lobby with wood fireplace, sauna and exercise room. Public internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact the Inn directly to book additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Tuesday, August 27 - Final Hike/Helicopter Flight to Golden, BC/Transf...
Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Final Hike. Half day hike through mountain glades to viewpoint overlooking the lodge and surrounding mountain valleys.

Lunch: Lunch served at the lodge

Afternoon: Clean up and pack, depart via helicopter to Golden, BC (approximately 10 minute flight). FIELD TRIP: History and Wildlife. Bus transportation transfer to Canmore. En route interpretation of the history of Lake Louise, the Continental Divide, wildlife corridors, and montane ecosystems.

Dinner: Plated dinner in Canmore at a popular local restaurant

Evening: Farewell gathering after dinner at Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn

Lodging: Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Wednesday, August 28 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn from 6:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Morning: Independent departures from Canmore after breakfast. Check-out is 10:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Flights during the program

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