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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Meals: 20 total, 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Winnipeg Downtown: Winnipeg, MB, 2 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn in downtown Winnipeg is located in the heart of downtown near the University of Winnipeg and MTS Center. Close proximity to the Assiniboine River and many scenic parks. You can visit numerous Winnipeg attractions, including Assiniboine Park, take the Haunted Winnipeg Tour, catch a concert at the MTS Center and visit the Forks.

Contact info:
360 Colony Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2P3 Canada
phone: 204-786-7011
web: www.hiwinnipegdowntown.com/

Room amenities: Our accommodations feature new crisp, white linens and your choice of pillows that are individually marked soft or firm , 37" flat panel TVS, and complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Free morning newspaper, iron/ironing board, hairdryers and coffee makers in room.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, whirlpool and Fitness Centre. On-site restaurant, lounge and coffee shop. Complimentary high speed Internet access, business center,

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.
Please contact the hotel directly; toll free 866-826-4457

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Churchill Northern Studies Centre: Churchill, MB, 5 nights
Type: Field Station

Description: The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an independent, non-profit facility dedicated to supporting research and education initiatives in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The facility is situated at the junction of three distinct ecosystems and provides a unique insight into the life in the tundra, boreal forest and marine environments. The unique landscape and wildlife of Churchill offers visitors an unrivaled opportunity to examine the changes in flora and fauna that accompany each season. Winter skies are clear, dark and unpolluted, making Churchill an ideal site to view aurora. Our summers bring a huge number of migratory birds, thousands of visiting beluga whales and a colourful selection of blooming wildflowers. Wildlife such as arctic hares, arctic foxes, red foxes and caribou can frequent the area in the summer and early fall. As the season draws to a close, polar bears begin to migrate to the coast where they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over. This congregation of polar bears is why Churchill can claim to be the polar bear capital of the world! Please be aware that polar bears are not in the area in the months from early December until late June as they are out on the polar ice hunting seals.

Contact info:
#1 Launch Road
Churchill, MB R0B 0E0 Canada
phone: 204-675-2307
web: www.churchillscience.ca

Room amenities: Each room accommodates 2 - 4 four guests in two bunk beds (upper and lower), with individual closet space, a small writing desk, bedside shelves and individual reading lamps. The dorm is often filled to capacity with the maximum of 4 guests in each room; there are no single rooms available. Rooms are gender specific. Separate female and male washrooms with private showers. Guests with mobility concerns may request a lower bunk.

Facility amenities: Clean, modern facilities in a new state-of-the-art green building. Scenic views from all rooms. The CNSC has a small gift shop carrying batteries, stamps, film, books and various souvenirs including postcards, photographs, t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building. Several computer stations are available for those guests not travelling with a computer or mobile device. There are 3 telephones for outgoing calls-two of these accept credit cards. Phone cards are not sold at the facility so you may wish to bring a phone cards with you. There are limited laundry facilities and the cost is $6.00 CDN per load which includes the washer, dryer, detergent and anti-static dryer sheets. The laundry facility is only open from 5-10 PM. The CNSC has a fitness room and a heated observation dome that is accessible by a spiral staircase with standard steps and extra handrails. This can be used for sky watching or polar bear viewing (polar bears are most commonly seen during the months of October and November). A 2nd floor outdoor deck for safely watching wildlife and northern lights. SPECIAL MEALS NOTE: Gluten free meals (and most special dietary needs) can be accommodated with advance notice. Please make sure to note any dietary needs on the required forms.

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

Bathroom: Separate Mens and Womens washrooms with private showers. Toiletries and soap are not provided. All linens and towels are provided.

Elevator: Yes

Sandman Hotel Winnipeg Airport: Winnipeg, MB, 1 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Just minutes away from the Winnipeg International Airport, Polo Park, Assiniboine Park and Blue Bomber Stadium, as well as only 10 minutes to Winnipeg's city centre. The Sandman Hotel Winnipeg Airport offers deluxe guestrooms and suites featuring in-room high speed Internet access. Sandman Hotel Group is a proud participant in the Hotel Association of Canada's Green Key Eco-Rating Program which recognizes hotels that have taken significant steps towards sustainability through participation in environmental programs.

Contact info:
1750 Sargent Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0C7 Canada
phone: 204-775-7263
web: www.sandmanhotels.com/hotel/manitoba/winnipegairport

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, radio, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, complimentary high speed internet and in-room coffee/tea.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, 24 hour business centre, restaurants and lounge on premises (Denny's open 24 hours). Complimentary airport shuttle (on request)

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
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 out time: 12:00 PM

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20 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
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