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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.
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Joyce from Buffalo, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/10/15 - 09/21/15
This was such an amazing experience! I highly recommend it!

Jane from Boothbay, ME Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/27/15 - 09/07/15
In spite of our very high expectations, we were not disappointed with this GoldLeaf service trip. Our trip was led most competently by Routes Adventure's Teresa Weir. The GoldLeaf option is offered only once yearly. It is worth the wait (and extra cost) if you can work around that schedule. If it is once in a lifetime, go for the Gold. We spent one evening “on our own” at the Banff Springs Hotel and had dinner in the Waldhaus dining room. The old hotel shows no sign of deterioration or poor service. By not staying on the train overnight, you do not miss a thing. The Rocky Mountaineer service handles the daily logistics quite nicely. Leave your baggage outside your hotel room each morning and it appears each afternoon in your room at the next location. We have come to expect high quality and interesting natural and cultural interpretation. We were very pleased with the interpreters and guides accompanying us on various parts of this trip. Our geologic interpreter was Rob Taerum. Rob was very knowledgeable and explained history and science in understandable terms. Rob's wife, Kathy, is a very enthusiastic paleontologist who explained the fossil find at the Burgess Shale. Kirsten Schmitten offers an unusual combination of natural and cultural history with a bit of theatrical flair. Our trip was handicapped for the first few days with smoke from forest fires in the U.S. Breaks gave us “peak views” of the stunning scenery. And the smoke cleared out after a couple of days. Watching a train pass through the spiral tunnels over the mountains was amazing. The Ice Explorer vehicle is perhaps even more interesting than the glacier itself. We enjoyed John Atkin’s lecture and guided walk through Vancouver. Vancouver’s growth and adaptation to changing economics is quite remarkable. They have successfully adopted mixed use strategies, provision for bicycles and pedestrians, high volume mass transit, and pleasing aesthetics.

Frank from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/03/15 - 09/14/15
A great group, fantastic views and the greatest group leader (Paige).

Teresa from Addison, TX Number of programs attended: 39
Date attended: 08/20/15 - 08/31/15
Riding the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver is no doubt the main draw for this program. But it is only one of many exciting opportunities this program offers, and in actuality, takes up just a bit less than half of its 11 days. The program begins in Calgary with a visit to the fabulous Glenbow Museum and its vast collection of art and artifacts relating to the history of Canada, followed by lunch at Fort Calgary where docents recount the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Travel to Banff and Jasper is by bus. Commentary in Banff National Park is provided by Ben Gaad who literally wrote the book used by those touring the area. The bus transfer to Jasper includes a stop at the Icefields Interpretive Center where an excursion on a "snowcoach" up the Icefields Parkway brings one right to the foot of the glaciers sitting astride the 3-way continental divide. Another super guide, Kirsten Schmitten, takes over in Jasper, imparting both naturalist insights and local lore during stunning field trips in that National Park. All this happens prior to boarding the Rocky Mountaineer for two and a half days riding through some of the most scenic areas of the continent. An overnight in Whistler provides opportunity to visit and lunch at the lovely cultural center built by the Squamish and Lil'wat nations before commencing the final rail segment, the Sea to Sky Climb (reversed) into Vancouver. The program ends in this city, ranked among the most liveable cities in the world, and expert lectures by John Atkin supply the reasons why! Another world-class museum, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is included, and a final farewell dinner takes place at the historic Fish House in Stanley Park. So even if you're not a fan of train treks, this program has something for everyone to love!

Patricia from Greenville, NC Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/03/15 - 09/14/15
Seeing the Rockies in person is an EXPERIENCE like not photo can give you---you need to EXPERIENCE them and this program does that

Richard from West Chester, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/27/15 - 09/07/15
Another amazing "bucket list" trip. If you can only visit the Canadian Rockies once, this is the program to take. While the weather wasn't always ideal, the resulting early season fresh snow on the mountain tops made for some spectacular photos. The color of the lakes is a shade of blue I had not seen before. All of the planned activities were very worthwhile. And to top it off, we had an exceptional leader and educational instructors. Teresa Weir was really on top of everything. Her energy level and personality were beyond compare.

Ann from Anderson, SC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/20/15 - 08/31/15
This is an amazing trip with scenery that looks like a postcard. Highly recommended!

Barbara from Colusa, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 08/06/15 - 08/17/15
What a wonderful way this was to see the Canadian Rockies. Our leader was welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic; and the train trips opened my eyes to the beauty and diversity of the mountains and shoreline of western Canada. I also enjoyed the museums and the people who shared all this with me.

Helen from Palatine, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/16/15 - 07/27/15
I like this trip a lot but know up front it really is not super active, but packed with more nature sightings than you will ever see! If you love nature, you will love this trip!!

Brian from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/18/15 - 06/29/15
The website for me is easy to use and allows me to research trips that I think I might be interested in taking. Everything is there: dates, prices, itinerary, free time, and included meals.

Brett from Woodridge, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/18/15 - 06/29/15
Rockie's By Rail was a wonderful introduction to the Road Scholar's Program. Our 12 days trekking through Alberta and British Columbia were most enjoyable. Not only did we visit the cities of Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler and Vancouver, but we also visitsed several museums and off road vistas. The magnificence of the Alberta and British Columbia landscape was something to behold in it's vastness and sheer beauty! The various lectures and presentations by our guest speakers were most interesting and informative. Our tour leader, Teresa Weir, was exemplary in every way. Indeed she was attentive and sensitive to the needs of the individual as well as our 25 person group. Her knowledge and expertise were impressive as well. Lastly, three days on the Rocky Mountain Railroad were fun, comfortable, and relaxing. I highly recommend Rockies By Rail for your consideration!

Carol from Canandaigua, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/18/15 - 06/29/15
This program exceeded my expectations. It was a wonderful way to appreciate the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver, while learning much about its past, present and future. The museums added greatly to the experience. The lecturers and leader were outstanding.

Anne from Wilmington, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/18/15 - 06/29/15
Teresa Weir, Group Leader, made this trip a truly spectactular trip with her leadership! Scenery, history and all other things make this trip one of the best I've ever taken. Thank you Road Scholar.

Lynne from Rochester, MN Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 09/01/14
A wonderful trip. Beautiful scenery. Great educational value. One of my favorite trips.

Robert from Cottage Grove, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/14/14 - 08/25/14
The Rocky Mountain Tour was outstanding! I am very happy I made this journey with Road scholar.

Phyllis from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 09/01/14
Phyllis from Tucson, Arizona Number of programs attended: 1 Date attended: 8/21/14 - 09/01/14 My first Road Scholar trip, “Rockies by Rail, Western Canada’s Splendor” was eye-opening. The trip was well organized, the scenery was unparalleled, the personnel were knowledgeable and helpful. Our group leader was outstanding because of her close personal connection with the area. Local presenters provided by Road Scholar were well prepared to help us explore the many facets of history, geology, wildlife and city highlights. We visited local museums and had limited time to explore on our own. The train trip exceeded my expectations. It was comfortable, offered many opportunities for photos, took us through varied terrain and included visits to Quesnel, Whistler and Vancouver. I hope to arrange more Road Scholar trips but this experience will be hard to match.

Juanita from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 09/01/14
Unforgettable! This trip is an excellent blend of top cities, parks, breathtaking lakes, a glacier, field trips w/expert guides, scenic travel (in a comfortable coach) free time & 3 days on the Rocky Mountaineer Train (Red Leaf) service. Although listed as active, the walks are casual and only the hike up to Moraine Lake a more active trek. Two of the train days are long, all-day-ers, a good 12 hours each, but with plenty of room to move about, stretch, rest, enjoy a good meal & wine. The 1st day train, scenery is mostly forests, the 2nd breathtaking views, as well as the 3rd, Whistler to Vancouver (only 3 1/2 hrs.) The travel & check in at 6 different hotels was seamless, with room keys given to us on board our bus as we arrived, thanks to our wonderful RS guide & checked baggage in our rooms within minutes. We never waited for anything. This is our 3rd RS trip and as in the past we met a great group of fellow travelers. A terrific way to see the Canadian Rockies.

Lenore from Glen Ellyn, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 09/01/14
This was our first Road Scholar trip - it won't be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed this program and our fellow travelers!

Edgar from McLean, VA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 09/01/14
It is hard to imagine a more spectacular train trip as well as bus trip up the Ice Fields Parkway. The lecturers and museums were first rate. Our tour guide was superb.

David from Knoxville, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 09/01/14
Our first Roads Scholar program exceeded our expectations in all categories.

Suzanne from Parkville, MD Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 07/17/14 - 07/28/14
Beautiful country, breathtaking views and lots of good clean air to breathe

Cynthia from Anderson, IN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
A great opportunity for those of us in the U.S. to get to know our northern neighbors and explore their beautiful country. It was more than I ever expected it to be! For me, the train portion of the trip was secondary to the learning and discovery experiences that made this trip outstanding.

Darla from Fayetteville, TX Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
We love the mountains and the Canadian Rockies by Rail was a trip we enjoyed very much and will not soon forget! D & R

Marilyn from Las Vegas, NV Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
This was my 11th trip with Elderhostel, now Road Scholar and ranks as one of my favorite trips. I like traveling trips like this one so you can see a lot more country. This trip had the traveling on bus and the train (2 1/2 days on the train which was just right) and gondola up a mountain and a huge Ice Explorer on to a glacier. Our guide Teresa Weir was great. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Our group of 31 people were so friendly and compatible. Great memories!

Margaret from Cleveland Heights, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
Spectacular scenery (snow-capped peaks in near or far view for nearly the entire trip), wildlife sightings, close encounters with canyons and glaciers, excellent museums, and outstanding guides throughout made this an outstanding trip. Teresa is a gem of a leader and is largely responsible for the camaraderie that developed in the group during our shared adventure in the Canadian Rockies.

Linda from Unionville, CT Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
Road Scholar had a super group leader (Theresa Weir) and good instructors/lecturers. Scenery viewed from the Rocky Mountaineer as absolutely fantastic, also educational. I had a wonderful experience.

Mary from Albany, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
Great program and wonderful instructors. Be sure to get Teresa as your group leader. Food is plentiful at the meals. The two long days on the train are tiring, but well worth it.

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"Panorama from stop Sulphur Mountain, Banff" Uploaded By: Teresa
"Panorama from stop Sulphur Mountain, Banff" Uploaded By: Teresa

"Lake Louise, Banff National Park" Uploaded By: Teresa

"Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park" Uploaded By: Teresa

"June and Dan on the Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel" Uploaded By: Lavonne Attended: 09/14/11 - 09/26/11

"Jim and LaVonne at Lake Louise" Uploaded By: Lavonne Attended: 09/14/11 - 09/26/11

"Rocky Mountineer coming round a bend on track!" Uploaded By: Lavonne Attended: 09/14/11 - 09/26/11

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