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12 Days | 11 Nights
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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Start of Program
May 15, 2013
Independent arrivals to Banff, AB. Check in at 4:00 pm. Welcome dinner is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
You will be staying at the Irwin's Mountain Inn that night.
Location: Banff, Alberta
Nearest city or town: Calgary, Alberta
Nearest airport: Calgary International Airport
Transportation to site: Hourly shuttle service to Banff is available from the Calgary International Airport (approximately CAD $53 one way; approximately CAD$106 return). Check out banffairporter.com/ for the most up to date shuttle information. Reservations are required. Please call 1-888-449-2901. Approximate travel time from Calgary International Airport to the start of the program in Banff is 2.5 hours. Should you plan on arriving into Calgary by air, mid to late morning arrivals are strongly recommended. Volunteers on the Arrivals level at the Calgary Airport (wearing white cowboy hats and red vests) are very helpful in getting people on their way to transportation and the hotels. Taxi from airport (approximately CAD $160 one way)

End of Program
May 26, 2013
Independent departures from Vancouver, BC after breakfast. Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 am. Check-out of hotel is 12:00 noon.
You will be staying at the Best Western Sands by the Sea the night before.
Location: Vancouver, BC
Nearest city or town: Vancouver
Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
Nearest airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Transportation to site: Independent departures from Vancouver, British Columbia. TAXI Taxi service is available from the program hotel to the Vancouver Int'l Airport (10 mile/30 minute trip). The cost is approximately CAD $25 - $30. Shuttle service is no longer available from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver. For current arrival and departure information to/from the airport, please visit www.yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr.aspx. SKY TRAIN Take the SkyTrain (public transportation) to the airport. The trip between the Vancouver City Centre Station and airport takes about 24 minutes; trains depart every 7 minutes. The SkyTrain (public transportation) is one of Vancouver's best transportation bargains. If you want to get from one part of Vancouver to another, the Vancouver SkyTrain, like the bus and SeaBus, costs approximately $2.50 for one zone, approximately $3.75 for two and approximately $5.00 for three. SkyTrain's run from about 5:30AM until around 1:00AM, depending on the station. Seniors and children pay reduced rates. If you need specific Vancouver SkyTrain schedule information, consult the Translink website at www.translink.ca/ or call Translink at 604-953-3333. From the hotel to the airport, walk on Davie Street towards Bidwell Street and take the city bus route C21 towards Yaletown. Depart bus at the Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, there will be signage directing you to the Canada Line. Take the Canada line to the airport. For information on schedules and routes contact Canada Line (TransLink) 604-953-3333 or visit TransLink.ca. Approximate cost per person on way is $7 - $10 and approximate travel time is 35-45 minutes.
Type: Inn

Description: Family owned and operated for over thirty years, Irwin's Mountain Inn was completely reconstructed by the fall of 1995 making the property one of Banff's newer accommodations. Originally built in 1967 by Paul and Elizabeth Irwin with their two sons, Arlen and Larry, Irwin's Motor Inn was recognized as one of the best values in Banff. With farming as their previous livelihood, the Irwin's extended the same hospitality to their guests at the motel as was characteristic of the way they greeted and treated visitors and friends to their farm. A tradition of hospitality and friendliness was established in those early years and the Management to this day still endeavors to live up to Paul and Elizabeth's example in the service and quality of comfort they provide guests to Irwin's Mountain Inn. The name has changed and three times the motel has undergone major rebuilding phases, but the standard of excellence in hospitality that Paul and Elizabeth Irwin exemplified over thirty years ago still serves as the benchmark for the next generation of Irwins that share in the ownership and management of the Irwin's Mountain Inn.

Contact info:
429 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1B2 Canada
phone: 403-762-4566
web: www.irwinsmountaininn.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV and movie channel

Facility amenities: Fitness centre, coin laundry, small gift shop, sauna and steam room, 10 person jetted pool, games room, massage therapy. Located within walking distance of downtown Banff. On-site dining at the El Toro restaurant, located on the street level of the inn, it has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Banff, El Toro specializes in steak, seafood and Greek dishes.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Inn
Contact Irwin's directly for rates & availability.

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.

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.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Cleland Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

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