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Canadian Rockies High-Alpine Adventure

Program Number: 17677RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/24/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Canmore, Alberta
Price starting at: $2,450.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Take an alpine hiking adventure challenge as big as the Rockies in the helicopter-accessible wilds of British Columbia. Expose yourself to natural wonders and human sagas with local experts at the Canadian Rockies’ Amiskwi Pass, Crystal Ridge, the Mummery Prospect and Continental Divide. Gain insight into alpine ecology, sustainable lodging, glaciology, and the fate of alpine environments. Replenish after hikes around the wood stove, in the sauna, or stargazing amid the wondrous setting.




Highlights

• Hike beside alpine lakes and meandering creeks and wildflower-filled meadows.
• Experience alpine hiking right outside your door in an intimate, small group in remote stretches of untouched wilderness.
• Study geology, the adaptations of flora and fauna, and relive local history with lively trailside discussions.



Activity Particulars

Hikes up to five-ten miles over varied, uneven terrain, gains of 500-2,100 feet. Elevations of 6,900-9,000 feet.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Canmore, Alberta, 1 night; coach/helicopter to Amiskwi/Yoho, British Columbia, 4 nights; helicopter/coach to Canmore, Alberta, 1 night; Independent departure.




Canmore

Located just minutes east of Banff’s spectacular wilderness, Canmore neighbors the equally spectacular Kananaskis Valley, home to alpine lakes, the Bow River, and a diversity of wildlife, plants and geological marvels.



Accommodations
Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn with spectacular Rockies views; Amiskwi Mountain Lodge, set in backcountry location accessed via helicopter.
Meals and Lodgings
   Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
  Canmore, AB 1 night
   Amiskwi Mountain Lodge
  Amiskwi/Yoho, BC 4 nights
   Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
  Canmore, AB 1 night
 Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Contact the Inn directly to book additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Contact the Inn directly to book additional nights.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

 Amiskwi Mountain Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Amiskwi Lodge is an isolated high alpine backcountry lodge, located 110 miles/70 kilometers from Golden BC. Access to the lodge is via a spectacular 10 minute helicopter flight. 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.
  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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: Shared bath at lodge.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to Canmore. Check-in after 4:00 pm. Dinner at 5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast. Check out by 10:30 am. You will be staying at Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORT: A valid passport is required for ALL participants. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information. A signed waiver is required from participants.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available at the initial accommodation site in Canmore.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Canmore, AB
  Nearest city or town:  Canmore
  Nearest highway: Hwy 1
  Nearest airport:  Calgary
  From End of Program
  Location: Canmore, AB
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Calgary

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx. $55
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour and 15 minutes 

   

Please visit www.banffairporter.com for current schedule and fare information. Shuttle cost is non-refundable (insurance is available).

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx. $55
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour and 15 minutes 

   

Please visit www.banffairporter.com for current schedule and fare information. Shuttle cost is non-refundable (insurance is available).

 
Driving Directions
  East Follow HWY 1 to Canmore. Exit on Bow Valley trail.
  West Follow HWY 1 to Canmore from BC. Exit onto Bow Valley Trail, (1st exit)
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. 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.
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: Arrivals and Orientation
(Sunday, August 18)
   
 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).
   
Accommodations: Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Yoho National Park/Helicopter Flight to Amiskwi Lodge
(Monday, August 19)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Amiskwi Lake Hike
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Crystal Ridge Hike
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hidden Creek to Mummery Prospect Hike
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Amiskwi Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final Hike/Helicopter Flight to Golden, BC/Transfer to Canmore
(Friday, August 23)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent Departures
(Saturday, August 24)
   
 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: 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


Handbook of the Canadian Rockies


Author: Ben Gadd


An Altitude Super Guide: Canadian Rockies


Author: Graeme Pole


Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies


Author: Scotter & Flygare




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