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Vancouver & Victoria: Signature Cities of Canada's Pacific Northwest

Program Number: 20578RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/19/2013 - 12/26/2013; 9/8/2014 - 9/15/2014; 6/8/2015 - 6/15/2015; 8/3/2015 - 8/10/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,745.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embark on an exploration of Vancouver and Victoria to learn about these world-class cities with British, European and Asian traditions. Discover the planning that has made Vancouver one of the world’s most livable cities and explore its fascinating neighborhoods, including Gastown and Chinatown. In Victoria, meet with a local expert and explore historic landmarks including Old Town, the Inner Harbor, the British Columbia legislature and the grand Empress Hotel.




Highlights

• Explore Granville Island with a local expert chef and sample tastings of regional foods.
• Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Vancouver’s Stanley Park with a Stanley Park Ecology Society expert.
• Hear stories of the Empress Hotel’s famous guests.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day over varied terrain; climbing a few flights of stairs.




Date Specific Information

12-19-2013

This departure will take place over Christmas. On Christmas Day, a special dinner will take place at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel.
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9-8-2014, 6-8-2015, 8-3-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Vancouver, 4 nights; coach and ferry to Victoria, 3 nights; independent departure.




Vancouver (British Columbia)

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Vancouver for its breathtaking hiking and biking trails and majestic views of the tree-lined waterway, the Strait of Georgia. With distinctive neighborhoods, top-rated restaurants and a thriving theater and arts scene, Vancouver is also a sophisticated destination. It is renowned as one of the world’s best cities.



Accommodations
Vancouver: Hotel a half-block from beach at English Bay. Victoria: Hotel steps from Inner Harbour.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Atkin

John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
 
George Baker

George Baker grew up in Brazil and Argentina, but the affable fellow found his way to Toronto in 1956. After graduating from the University of Toronto and logging a successful career in advertising and public relations, George has relished a second career as a charming, entertaining leader of historical walking explorations of downtown Victoria, Chinatown and The Empress Hotel, which has entertained the likes of Jack Benny, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Barbra Streisand and Roger Moore.
 
Phil Foster

A student of mathematics and physics, Phil Foster graduated from the teacher education program at Exeter University in Devon, England. This was the beginning of a long career in education that spanned three continents — he has taught in small communities and cities throughout England, Australia and Canada. Today, Phil enjoys sharing his knowledge with lifelong learners, and leads educational walks through Victoria.
 
Teresa Weir

Teresa grew up on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Windsor. After graduation, she moved west and has lived in Edmonton, Jasper and now Vancouver. Her acting career has taken her to Fringe festivals in three provinces, elementary schools throughout British Columbia, and she now spends time role playing for students in various health care programs. She regularly works special events such as the Vancouver International Film Festival. With a love of the outdoors, Teresa camps as often as she can. In 2011, she hiked 68 miles of Scotland’s Speyside Way. Teresa looks forward to meeting Road Scholar participants and sharing with them her love for the region.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, British Columbia 4 nights
   Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
  Victoria, BC 3 nights
 Best Western Sands by the Sea
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 two lounges on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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 in time: 3:00 PM

 Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.
  Contact info: 425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, mini fridges, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.
  Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant
  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:
Program starts at the hotel in Vancouver. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Welcome dinner is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Victoria after breakfast. Breakfast is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Check out is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Royal Scot Hotel and Suites 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:
To arrange parking at the Best Western Sands by the Sea Hotel please contact the hotel directly at 604-682-1831. **Please note it is recommended that participants do not drive to the program, as the program starts and ends in different locations.**
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, British Columbia
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Victoria, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Victoria
  Nearest airport:  Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
Travel Details
 

Vancouver Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

Taxis available at the Vancouver airport. Shuttle service is not available from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver. For current arrival and departure information to/from the airport, please visit http://www.yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr.aspx.

 

Vancouver

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Checker Cabs
phone: 604-683-4567

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxis available at train station or use call box. Amtrak, Via Rail & Greyhound all provide service to Vancouver. Taxis available from the bus or train depot.

 

Victoria

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
AKAL Airporter
phone: 250-386-2525
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $21 + tax
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

   

Shuttles operate from 4:00 am until midnight or until last flight clears. airportshuttle@csp.net, www.victoriaairporter.com. Taxis are also available - approximately $50.00 CDN.

 

Victoria

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Taxi/Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 - $6 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Walking distance from the hotel.

   

The Victoria Clipper passenger ferry travels between Victoria and Seattle. Travel time is 2 ½ hours. For more information, schedules and current fares please call 1-800-888-2535 or visit www.victoriaclipper.com BC Ferries offers service between Victoria and Vancouver and other mainland ports. Public transit/bus available to the ferry terminal in Sidney. BC Ferries:1-888-223-3779 from anywhere in North America, email: bcferries.reservations@bcferries.com, www.bcferries.com/.

 

Victoria to Vancouver

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Coach and Ferry
phone: 800-661-1725
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Coach approximately CAD$40.00 plus taxes; Ferry approximately CAD$15.00 plus applicable taxes
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Total travel time is approximately 3.5 hours (subject to change) 

   

Pacific Coach Lines picks up at scheduled stops in Victoria and goes onto the ferry to Vancouver (including Vancouver Airport), then on to the main bus station. Contact PCL at 1-800-661-1725 or visit www.pacificcoach.com. Reservations are required. City bus ($2 -3) or taxi ($5 - 6) from the hotel to the bus station in Victoria.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sky Train/Canada Line
phone: 604-953-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 - $10 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 45 minutes 

   

From the airport, take the Sky Train to Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, signs will direct you to the Canada Line. From Yaletown/Roundhouse, take C23 Davie Street bus (same ticket) west to Davie Street & Bidwell, walk ½ block south to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the airport: Head south on Grant McConachie Way E, keep right at the fork and follow the signs for Granville St E/ City Centre/ Centre-Ville/ BC 99 N. Merge onto SW Marine Drive. Continue on to Granville St. Make a slight left at Granville St/Granville Bridge. Turn left at Davie St, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.)
  From the east: Take the Trans Canada Highway west to Vancouver. Merge onto BC 1W. Take Exit 25 for McGill St and merge onto McGill St. Turn left at Renfrew St N, then right at Dundas St and continue onto Powell St and Water St. and then turn right at W Cordova St. Turn left at Howe St going south to Davie St; turn right, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time from Chilliwack, BC is approximately 1.5 hours.)
  From the north: Take Highway 99 south to Vancouver. Take exit 13 for BC 99 S/BC 1A-E towards Vancouver/Taylor Way. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for BC 99 S/Taylor Way, S/Vancouver, and merge onto Taylor Way/BC 1A S/BC 99 S. Turn left at Marine Dr/BC 1A S/ BC 99 S. Take the ramp to Bridge Vancouver and merge onto Lion’s Gate Bridge Rd/ BC 1A S/ BC 99 S. Turn right at Denman St and left at Davie St, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your left. (Travel time from Whistler is approximately 1.5 hours)
  From the south: Take Highway 99 north to Vancouver. Take exit 41B on to Marine Drive West, and merge onto SW Marine Drive. Continue on to Granville St. Make a slight left at Granville St/Granville Bridge. Turn left at Davie St, The Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time from the Canada-US border is approximately 1.5 hours.)
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/Orientation/History of Vancouver
(Thursday, December 19)
   
 Afternoon: ARRIVALS & CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals to the hotel in Vancouver in the afternoon. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Group registration, welcome and orientation activities.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: An evening presentation will explore the history of Vancouver from a social, ethnic and economic perspective. Meet with local historian, author, and heritage advocate, who will discuss Vancouver's multi-faceted personality from past to present. Learn about its historical precedents and urban planning that have enabled the city to achieve its status as one of the most "livable" cities in the world.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum of Anthropology/Bill Reid Gallery
(Friday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Museum of Anthropology, Canada's largest teaching museum and world-renowned for its collections and research. Your local guide will take you through the exhibitions providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. The Museum houses some 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Meet with an art historian and explore the beautiful collection of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Bill Reid was the pivotal force in introducing to the world the great art traditions of the indigenous people of the Northwest Coast. He is an acclaimed Haida master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, spokesman and one of Canada's greatest artists. Highlights include over 40 pieces of Bill Reid's gold and silver jewelry, Reid's bronze masterpiece Mythic Messengers and several of Reid's works that are featured on Canadian currency.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Vancouver Communities - Gastown and Chinatown/Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
(Saturday, December 21)

Note: Please note: Public Transit will be used to transfer participants from English Bay to Gastown, so participants are able to experience Vancouver as the locals do! During the walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Enjoy a presentation on the settlement of Vancouver and the distinct communities and neighborhoods that define this multicultural metropolis.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Following your morning lecture, explore two of the city's most fascinating neighborhoods - Gastown and Chinatown. Join a well-known cultural historian on a walk through Gastown, one of the oldest parts of the city and much of the early architecture and character remains, giving it a different look and feel than the glass and concrete of the rest of downtown. Learn about the importance of Gastown and the birthplace of the city of Vancouver, which was created around the same time that Canada became a nation. The neighborhoods are also unique in that they have the kind of old-fashioned architecture that no longer exists downtown or in the West End. Join an expert guide at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind outside of China and an authentic representation of an age old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar's residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
 Lunch: Traditional Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant in Chinatown.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continue with an exploration of Chinatown and its brightly colored facades, street markets, and the buzz of modern-day Cantonese commerce. Built by Chinese people to authentically reflect their culture and traditions it is still predominantly populated by Chinese people. (Unlike San Francisco's Chinatown which was built by their Chamber of Commerce to attract tourists.) Discover Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible food markets while exploring the colorful streets and alleys. Sample traditional Chinese tea or indulge in steamed rice cakes and warm apple tarts from a traditional bakery. Learn about the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street which was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Granville Island Public Market/Free Afternoon
(Sunday, December 22)

Note: Please note: Participants will be taking a brief (5 minute) ferry ride from English Bay to Granville Island. During your time on Granville Island, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Join a local expert on a historical and culinary exploration of Granville Island and the Public Market, known for its eclectic mix of artisanal food shops and studios. Discover this urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios and the most spectacular fresh food market you've ever seen. Savor the wares of the market's many globally influenced and locally impassioned artisans, farmers and food purveyors. Explore and taste what's been grown, fished and cooked fresh in this bustling public marketplace. Along the way, learn about what makes the island both a sensory and historic delight.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to continue your exploration of Granville Island or explore other areas of Vancouver.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Stanley Park/Ferry to Victoria
(Monday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore Stanley Park's extensive grounds by coach with a naturalist from the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Learn about rainforest and coastal ecology and discover some of the Park's most famous landmarks - Vancouver Lookout, Lion's Gate Bridge, the famous Totems and the 5.5 mile seawall that encircles the entire park. The history of Stanley Park coincides with the early days of Vancouver, opened in 1888 and named after Lord Stanley, then Governor General of Canada. This spectacular urban park is a cool, lush, evergreen oasis situated on a peninsula in the heart of the city and only steps away from your hotel. Today, Stanley Park is recognized as one of the great parks of the world, offering a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Ferry departs for Victoria.
 Lunch: Box lunch on ferry.
 Afternoon: Arrival in Victoria and check in to the hotel. Begin your exploration of Victoria by exploring the beautiful Inner Harbour. Explore some of the local shops or take in some of the area's holiday festivities.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Introduction to Victoria/Guided Walk of the Inner Harbour/Royal BC Museum
(Tuesday, December 24)

Note: Please note: During your guided walk of Old Victoria and the Inner Harbour, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route. Your excursion at the Royal BC Museum will be self-guided, so participants are able to explore the museum at their own pace. Benches are available throughout the museum.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a historic walk of Victoria's Old Town and Inner Harbour. A walk along Wharf Street in the heart of Old Town provides a look at the many examples of Victorian architecture. Despite a fire in 1910 which ravaged the city core, many fine buildings remain and many restorations are evident. Our local historian will discuss the well-marked and hidden treasures of Victoria including the BC Legislature, Old Town, the historic Empress Hotel and the Inner Harbour. FIELD TRIP: Enjoy the opportunity to explore one of Victoria's most prestigious landmarks with some of the most breathtaking architecture in all of Victoria. The Fairmont Empress has hosted notable guests including Queen Elizabeth II, Rudyard Kipling, Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy, Princess Margaret, Rita Hayworth, the King and Queen of Siam, and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. While at the hotel, take in the Festival of Trees. Local businesses sponsor and decorate dozens of trees that deck the halls of the Fairmont Empress, benefiting BC's Children's Hospital.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery. Through unique galleries, the Museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia and temporary exhibits from other countries and cultures. Authentic artifacts and specimens are displayed in highly realistic settings, giving visitors the experience of another time and place. Researchers at the Museum, throughout British Columbia, and around the world use its collections to reveal new insights into the natural world and human cultures of British Columbia. This museum visit will be self-guided, so participants are able to enjoy the galleries of their individual tastes.
 Dinner: Christmas Eve dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Butchart Gardens - Twelve Days of Christmas Displays/Christmas Feast
(Wednesday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This Christmas morning is free to enjoy at your leisure. Christmas morning church services are available nearby as well as several easy walks around the waterfront, or to the park one block away. Seize the moment to suspend yourself in time, enjoying a peaceful Christmas morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Butchart Gardens. Visit the renowned Butchart Gardens. The world-famous Butchart Gardens boasts fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, meandering paths and expansive lawns. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, the gracious traditions of the past are carefully maintained. Truly one of the loveliest corners in the world, The Butchart Gardens is always in season. However, they are particularly intriguing during the holiday season, when tens of thousands of colored lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts in the gardens. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away within The Gardens and a recreational skating rink creates a truly spectacular winter wonderland.
 Dinner: CHRISTMAS FEAST: Enjoy a spectacular Christmas dinner with your new friends at the spectacular Fairmont Empress Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departures from Victoria
(Thursday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures from Victoria after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Aquarium
Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life through display, interpretation, education, research, and direct action. You can experience all of this and more when you visit us. Research is ongoing at Aquarium labs and with display animals, by graduate students and staff. For additional information, visit www.vanaqua.org/home/
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


Fodor’s Vancouver & Victoria


Author: Fodor’s


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2011, PAPERBACK, 336 PAGES A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining. (CND301, $18.99)



Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest


Author: Katharine Berry Judson


Description: LITERATURE, 1997, PAPERBACK, 204 PAGES First published in 1910 and with a new introduction by Jay Miller, this book collects the oral traditions of the Klamath, Nez Perce, Modoc, Chinook and other tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Presented here with 52 photographs, the stories reveal myths and traditions of the creation of the universe, rebirth of the salmon and, most interestingly, the formation of noted geographical features of the territory. It's a wonderful introduction to the traditional mindset and importance of the land to Native Americans of the region. (PNW17, $14.95)



The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman


Description: PAPER, 834 PAGES, $32.95 A general history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. (Item no. CND116)



Vancouver Island Book of Everything


Author: Peter Grant,


Description: From Hudson's Bay outpost to gold rush fever and coal and lumber barons to political scandals Island-style to the mighty Douglas fir and Pacific salmon and profiles of Emily Carr, Cougar Annie and the Dunsmuir clan, no book is more comprehensive than the Vancouver Island Book of Everything. No book is more fun! Well-known Islanders weigh in on their favorite things about Vancouver Island. Robert Bateman shares his five most inspiring island locales



Victoria, A History in Photographs


Author: Peter Grant


Description: 1996, PAPER, 112 PAGES, $12.95 The story of Victoria, British Columbia from its days as a mining colony to its development into a city. Nearly 150 archival photographs are organized together with a short text. (Item no. CND117)





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