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Christmas in the Canadian Rockies

Program Number: 16593RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/18/2013 - 12/26/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Price starting at: $2,945.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 19; 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Christmas morning dawns clear and cold, the Rockies glowing with the rising sun. Explore the unspoiled wilderness with its magnificent snow covered mountains and glistening glaciers. Enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of an old-fashioned Christmas in the Rockies as you immerse yourself in the winter landscapes, wildlife and history of western Canada. Learn about the winter ecosystem and wildlife during walks with experts.




Highlights

• An expert-led hike takes you through the frozen falls and caves of Maligne Canyon.
• See some of Canada’s biggest mammals: grizzlies, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
• Celebrate Christmas Eve with a special dinner and a musical Yule Log ceremony.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile daily on uneven terrain; altitudes above 3,000 feet in Jasper.



The final day of this program includes a lengthy transfer from Banff to Calgary due to unpredictable winter weather conditions. Before making any travel arrangements, please contact the program provider to confirm approximate arrival time at airport.




Date Specific Information

12-18-2013

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Edmonton, Alberta, coach to Jasper, 3 nights; coach to Banff, 4 nights; coach to Calgary, departure.



Arrival Edmonton, AB
1 night

Independent arrivals to Edmonton, orientation and overnight. In the morning, transfer to Jasper National Park travelling along the Yellowhead Highway. Once the path blazed by fearless voyageurs and pioneer settlers, this highway through the Rocky Mountains is intertwined with history of the Canadian West. Watch for magnificent scenery as you approach the impressive foothills of Jasper National Park.



Coach to Jasper, AB
3 nights

Lectures and excursions in Jasper discuss the history of the park and the alpine ecology. An expert leads a winter wildlife trek in Jasper National Park by foot or snowshoe. Visit the Parks Canada Palisades Stewardship Education Centre for an in-depth look into Parks Canada and its approach to conservation of protected areas. Experience a guided ice walk through the frozen ice falls and ice caves of Maligne Canyon.



Coach to Banff 4 nights
Coach to Calgary for departure

Journey along the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff. The entire 140-mile (225 kilometer) route is protected as part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. At the Whyte Museum, view early photographs of glaciers to see how the landscape has evolved. Spend the Christmas holiday in good company, with enormous and lavishly decorated Christmas trees and festive music at the “Castle in the Rockies”. Throughout the holiday period there is a host of fun and festive activities taking place in and around Banff. Enjoy the night sky and a soak in Banff’s hot springs.




Banff

A storied gateway to Banff National Park — with more than 25 mountain peaks towering over 8,000 feet — Banff welcomes adventurers and nature-lovers to take in the alpine wonders and colorful history of the Canadian Rockies.



Jasper

Located within a national park, the municipality of Jasper shares its governance with the Parks Canada Agency. Born as a fur-trade supply depot in the early 1800s, the 4,000-resident town benefits from the nearly 3 million visitors that pass through Jasper National Park annually.



Edmonton

Alberta’s political and cultural capital woos visitors with a vibrant line-up of world-renowned arts festivals, multi-ethnic cuisine, and North America’s largest urban park, all just a few hours drive from Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Accommodations
Edmonton: comfortable downtown hotel. Jasper: mountain lodge. Banff: luxury hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
  Edmonton, Alberta 1 night
   The Chateau Jasper
  Jasper, Alberta 3 nights
   The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  Banff, Alberta 4 nights
 Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Full service Ahava Day Spa on the second floor of the hotel; city park attached to the hotel; 22 story hotel; 3 elevators; 2 level handicapped rooms
  Contact info: 10155 105th Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1E2 Canada
phone: 780-423-4811
web: www.coasthotels.com/hotels/canada/alberta/edmonton/coast_edmonton/overview
  Room amenities: Standard Bathroom Amenities, bathrobe; iron and ironing board; hair dryer, daily Globe and Mail; in-room coffee maker with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; in-room humidifier; selection of current magazines; Wireless Internet Access; windows that open.
  Facility amenities: Health facility with indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and exercise equipment: Malts lounge
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shower only in handicapped rooms
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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 in time: 3:00 PM

 The Chateau Jasper
Type: Hotel
  Description: Chateau Jasper, Luxury in the Mountains. The Chateau Jasper is an exceptional hotel with an excellent variety of accommodations and facilities. This conveniently located hotel offers 119 fully air-conditioned luxury guest rooms and suites, pleasantly furnished with mountain decor in mind.
  Contact info: 96 Geikie Street
P.O. Box 1200
Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada
phone: 780-852-5644
web: www.mpljasper.com/hotels/chateau_jasper/
  Room amenities: All Chateau Jasper guest rooms have private baths, mini fridges, in room safes, air conditioning and feature large flatscreen televisions, in room safes, complimentary Wi Fi, hair driers, irons and boards, complimentary coffee and tea and electric kettles.
  Facility amenities: This intimate hotel includes an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, a variety of meeting rooms, complimentary internet kiosks in hotel lobby, a lounge, as well as an award-winning, fine dining room. Additional features: Proud recipient of Travel Alberta Good Housekeeping Award Dining Room and Lounge Heated Indoor Pool and Whirlpool Fitness Centre Seasonal Ski Shuttle Heated Underground Parking Air Conditioning Meeting and Conference Rooms
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing luxury in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. The discovery of hot springs in the area led to the creation of Banff, Canada's first national park. Within this setting, the Banff Springs hotel offers stunning vistas, exceptional regional cuisine and impeccable service offer an unforgettable retreat. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada offers a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons, including downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, skating and a wealth of other exciting activities.
  Contact info: 405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1J4 Canada
phone: 403-762-2211
web: www.fairmont.com/BanffSprings/
  Room amenities: All hotel rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs offer the following amenities: • Alarm clock-radio • Cable television with in-room pay movies and video games • Air Conditioning • Coffee/Tea maker • Hair dryer • Iron and ironing board • Telephone with voice-mail • High Speed Internet Access • Windows that open for fresh mountain air
  Facility amenities: Onsite resort experiences include 12 restaurants and lounges, two golf courses, a world class spa, shopping and bowling centre. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is located a short walk from the authentic mountain town of Banff where guests will enjoy additional shopping, restaurants and attractions.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Edmonton, Alberta; hotel check-in after 4:00 pm. Welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Group transfer by coach from Banff to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) on the last day after breakfast. Anticipated arrival is 12:00 noon (weather permitting). You will be staying at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for ALL travel to/from Canada. A US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires those traveling to/from the United States by land & sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure documents (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information.
  Parking availability:
At the hotel: Covered secure parking approximately CAD$16.95 per night plus tax. Oversized parking approximately CAD$16.95 per night plus tax, located across from the hotel. At the airport, call 1-877 890 8439 or E-mail, airportparking@flyeia.com
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Edmonton, Alberta
  Nearest city or town:  Edmonton, Alberta
  Nearest highway: Edmonton is on the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, which provides access from Winnipeg through Edmonton to Prince Rupert and Vancouver. Highway 2 is the main highway from the United States through Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Northern Alberta.
  Nearest airport:  Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Banff, Alberta
  Nearest city or town:  Calgary, Alberta
  Nearest airport:  Calgary International Airport
Travel Details
 

Edmonton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sky Shuttle Airport Service
phone: 780-465-8515
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Skyshuttle provides transportation to/from Edmonton's International Airport. Check-in area is located near Door 7 on the Arrivals Level. Reservations are required and must be pre-booked by phone 1-780-465-8515 or on-line. Reservations are non-refundable. www.edmontonskyshuttle.com/ Edmonton International Airport is served by more than 25 airlines, providing air services to all major Canadian cities, and seven major U.S. hubs.

 

Edmonton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$48
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes 

   

Taxis available curbside at the Edmonton airport.

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in program cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2.5 hours (weather permitting) 

   

On the final day of the program the group will transfer from Banff to Calgary (airport). This transfer is included in the program cost.

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Banff Airporter
phone: 888-449-2901
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx. $55 - please see www.banffairporter.com for updates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours (weather permitting) 

   

If you are staying on in Banff there is a shuttle to Calgary (downtown and airport). Shuttle fee is non-refundable (insurance is available - please contact Banff Airporter at 888-449-2901 or visit www.banffairporter.com/ for current schedule and fare information.

Elevation Note: Elevations up to 4,540 feet (1,384 meters) in Banff and 3,484 feet (1,062 meters) in Jasper

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent arrivals to Edmonton
(Wednesday, December 18)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK IN: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 4:00 pm.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
   
Accommodations: Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

Day 2: Jasper National Park/History of Jasper
(Thursday, December 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Jasper, travelling along the Yellowhead Highway. Once the path blazed by fearless voyageurs and pioneer settlers, this highway through the Rocky Mountains is intertwined with history of the Canadian West. Watch for magnificent scenery as you approach the impressive foothills of Jasper National Park.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Jasper this 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: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: The History of Jasper. Our expert naturalist will introduce Jasper National Park and its history and development. Jasper, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is in one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring regions. It is Canada’s largest and most northerly Rocky Mountain Park, spanning 4,200 square miles (10,878 square kilometers). The combination of soaring peaks, broad forested valleys, vivid blue-green mountain lakes and abundant wildlife rank it as one of the world’s most premiere national parks.
   
Accommodations: The Chateau Jasper
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Palisades Stewardship Education Centre
(Friday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Palisades Stewardship Education Centre. Located in the spectacular Athabasca Valley, the Stewardship Palisades Education Centre is designed to stimulate a new kind of relationship with nature and to embrace the values of protected areas. Once a homestead of an early pioneer family, the historic ranch is now operated by Parks Canada as one of Canada’s premier outdoor education facilities. Learn about their innovative programming during a visit to the Centre.
 Lunch: Lunch at the centre.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Palisades Stewardship Education Centre continued. Participate in experiential learning and hear from a Parks Canada expert about the role of the National Parks in fostering conservation ethics.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: The Chateau Jasper
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Jasper Yellowhead Museum/Maligne Canyon Icewalk
(Saturday, December 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Jasper - Yellowhead Museum. Enjoy an 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Maligne Canyon. A guided ice walk through the frozen ice falls and ice caves of Maligne Canyon will help you to understand the creation, impact and maintenance of the glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. This is a fascinating excursion that enables you to actually walk on the canyon's frozen floor. With sheer limestone walls that plunge to depths of over 65 feet (20 meters), Maligne is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. For most of us, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this natural wonder.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening to explore Jasper on your own, return to the hotel or remain with your Group Leader.
   
Accommodations: The Chateau Jasper
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Depart for Banff/Icefields Parkway
(Sunday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Leave Jasper National Park for Banff. We will travel along the Icefields Parkway, which traces a thin paved line parallel to the Continental Divide. This geological formation runs between Lake Louise and Jasper and forms the backbone of the Canadian Rockies. The Parkway is one of the world's most spectacular mountain highways. Watch for the Columbia Icefield, the Bow and Crowfoot glaciers, Athabasca Falls and Peyto Lake.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: We continue our journey along the Icefields Parkway. The entire 140-mile (225-kilometer) route is protected as part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. This 1984 designation recognizes the area’s outstanding natural beauty, geological value and significant contribution to our planet's diversity.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel and time to rest and settle in.
 Evening: Explore the magnificent Banff Springs Hotel. Get into the holiday spirit as you admire festive decorations and floor-to-ceiling Christmas trees garlanded in scarlet and sparkling lights.
   
Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Whyte Museum
(Monday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Cave and Basin National Historic Site. For generations, warm waters percolating through Sulphur Mountain were used for ceremonial purposes. In 1883, the same hot springs were rediscovered by CPR railway workers, and the notion to protect natural and cultural treasures in Canada was born shortly thereafter. Meet with a Parks Canada expert and learn about the birthplace of Canada's National Park system.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Whyte Museum. On a field trip to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, explore the fascinating science of glaciology. Learn about the area's fresh-water resources and how the environment is threatened by climate change. Examine the Vaux family's series of stunning glacier studies and study the equipment they used. See how this landscape has been transformed through photographs, maps and aerial photographs. The Museum also has exceptional collections documenting the Stoney First Nation. Its art collection contains close to 4,000 works relating to the visual arts of the Canadian Rockies, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, prints, mixed media works and objects of fine craft.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy outdoor festivities at the holiday bonfire or relax by the fireplace in the Great Hall. Alternatively, stroll through the townsite of Banff and admire all its winter wonder.
   
Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Guided Walk of Banff/Free Afternoon/Christmas Eve Dinner
(Tuesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Guided Walk of Banff. There are few places more magical in the world that Banff at Christmas. The streets are carpeted in white, snow covered trees look more dramatic than ever and there is a general feeling of Christmas cheer around this glorious little lit up town.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Spend the afternoon soaking in the Banff Hot Springs or return to the hotel. Take the time to relax or join in one of the many festive activities such wine tasting, skating at Spray Meadow or trying your hand at the classic winter sport of curling.
 Dinner: Christmas Eve dinner at the Banff Springs Hotel.
 Evening: Gather in Mt. Stephen Hall for a musical celebration with the traditional holiday carols or a candlelight service reflecting on the meaning of Christmas.
   
Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Historic Banff Springs Hotel/Christmas Dinner
(Wednesday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Since 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs has symbolized the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. Styled as a Scottish baronial castle, it was originally built for adventurous travelers crossing the Canadian Rockies by train. On this guided tour, you will hear wonderful stories from the past century, including tales of legendary guests who have shared memorable stays at The Castle. The grandeur of the holiday décor will add to this special experience. See why few hotels in the world can rival its majesty, hospitality and location.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the hotel.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Enjoy a festive themed Afternoon Tea while overlooking the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains. Take part in the snowshoe shuffle, skating, photography workshops or 5 pin bowling at the hotel.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Spectacular Christmas feast at the Banff Springs Hotel. Mix and mingle until Chef's elegant five course meal begins. Background dinner music and after dinner the band kicks the entertainment into high gear.
 Evening: Celebrate the holiday by attending a church service, enjoying the old English tradition of the Boar’s Head Parade or joining the ceremonial lighting of the Yule Log.
   
Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Coach to Calgary/Airport
(Thursday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Banff at approximately 8:00 am. Today you will travel by coach from Banff to Calgary with a scheduled drop off at the Calgary International Airport. The APPROXIMATE travel time can take between 2 to 4 hours, due to weather conditions. Anticipated arrival at the airport is 12:00 noon (weather permitting). NOTE: When booking your departure flight, please confirm with your airline the amount of time required for the pre-flight check-in procedure. Make sure you have enough time upon arrival at the airport to comfortably make your flight. Independent departures from Calgary.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Banff, Alberta Skiing
Banff National Park is home to three of the world’s finest ski resorts; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. The three resorts offer almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain on one convenient, tri-area lift ticket. There’s terrain to suit every level and desire, from gentle groomed runs to some of the world’s most extreme in-bounds challenges. Free transportation between Banff-Lake Louise and the resorts, with a tri-area lift ticket, means that when you’re here, the choice of mountains is yours. For additional information, visit www.skibig3.com
  Banff Hot Springs
All the amenities of a modern facility are featured in this splendid, historic spa and bath house – against a backdrop of spectacular alpine scenery. Luxuriate in the comfort of soothing hot water where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century. For additional information, visit www.canadianrockies.net/hotpools.html
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies


Author: Sid Marty


Description: BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR 2008 PAPER 316 PAGES A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy. (CND186, $19.95) Call Longitude in New York at 1-800-342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL907



Canadians, A Portrait of the Country and Its People


Author: Roy MacGregor


Description: CULTURAL PORTRAIT 2008 PAPER 320 PAGES A journalist and popular author, MacGregor takes the full measure of Canadian life in this irreverent, entertaining portrait of a people. (CND320, $18.00) Call Longitude in New York at 1-800-342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL907



Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains


Author: James Halfpenny | Todd Telander


Description: FIELD GUIDE 2001 PAPER 145 PAGES An essential pocket guide to 70 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, with line drawings, range map and description. (USW118, $9.95) Call Longitude in New York at 1-800-342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL907



Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies


Author: Andrew Hempstead


Description: GUIDEBOOK 2010 PAPER 347 PAGES Canada resident and avid outdoorsman Andrew Hempstead knows the best way to experience the Canadian Rockies, from rafting on the Bow River and hiking Lake O'Hara to staying in a remote log cabin. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Canadian Rockies has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. With must-see sights, maps, aadvice on planning and itineraries -- and an essential dose of humor. (CND231, $17.95) Call Longitude in New York at 1-800-342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL907





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