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Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Program Number: 19946RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/5/2013 - 8/12/2013; 7/12/2015 - 7/19/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/26/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/9/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/16/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/30/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/6/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Kalispell, Montana
Price starting at: $1,998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks; Walking/Hiking
Meals: 19; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore two jewels of the "Crown of the Continent" — Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. These magnificent parks combined in 1932 to create the world's first international peace park, bridging the United States and Canada with the beauty and serenity of the Rocky Mountains.




Highlights

• Immerse yourself in the history, beauty and untamed wilderness of this soaring wonderland through its historic lodges, amazing geological features, and diverse flora and fauna.
• Daily field trips showcase some of the most intact wildland on the entire continent.
• Discover breathtaking views, rugged peaks, vast glacier-carved valleys, and thundering cascades as you journey over the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road.



Activity Particulars

Expect easy to moderate 1 - 4 mile walks and hikes on mountainous, uneven and rocky terrain. The ability to climb stairs, get on and off a coach, in and out of vans, and on and off a boat, is required.



Hotel elevations up to 4,900'. The highest elevation you'll experience is 7,000'.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Kalispell, Montana, 2 nights; coach to Many Glacier, 2 nights; coach to Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, 2 nights; coach to Kalispell, Montana, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Black Hills Educational Institute.




Whitefish

This community in the Flathead Valley offers breathtaking scenery, as well as small-town ambiance. Near the wonders and wildlife of Glacier National Park only 25 miles away, Whitefish is a vibrant wilderness gateway.



Waterton

Waterton Lakes National Park preserves a unique landscape where the grassland prairie meets the rugged Rocky Mountains and more than 900 plant and wildflower species have taken root, including 30 wildflowers indigenous to only Waterton.



Accommodations
A modern hotel and two grand historic lodges, built by the Great Northern Railway in the early 1900s and nestled in remote idyllic settings.

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

Ashley Mason started her career in music in 1986 as a voice major at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem North Carolina. She was nearly finished with her degree in voice performance when she heard "the call of the wild.” Much to her parents confusion, she transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to study geology. After finishing up in 1992 with a minor in field biology, Ashley came to Montana to teach for the Glacier Institute. Since then she has been a familiar face in the conservation education field in Northwest Montana. Ashley has been the program director for The Glacier Institute, and has worked for Swan Ecosystem Center, Upward Bound, Flathead Land Trust, and as a ranger naturalist for Glacier National Park. Currently, she is the conservationeducator for Flathead Audubon Society and was the 2012 Audubon Educator of the year. Ashley loves to take the miraculous drama of the landscape and turn it into a story that will captivate her audiences. She lives in Kalispell with her husband, two children, four chickens, cat, and guinea pig.
 
Leif Castren

Leif Castren is a Flathead Valley Native, a 2010 graduate of Flathead High School in Kalispell, and a current student at Middlebury College in Vermont where he is majoring in biology as well as studying a variety of other subjects including geology, ecology, anthropology, and environmental policy. Leif spent the past year studying as a part of an academic exchange program in Valdivia, Chile, learning about the dynamics of Chilean forest ecosystems and contributing to investigations of plant community regeneration in the areas affected by recent eruptions of several active volcanoes. Leif inherited his love for Glacier National Park from his grandfather who worked as a naturalist, and from his parents who met in the park and worked together for many years. His family has always encouraged a fascination with natural history, and as a result, Leif spends much of his free time exploring the park, trail-running and studying the flora and fauna of his beautiful backyard.
 
Paul Rappaport

Paul has worked in Glacier National Park for the past five years in several capacities, including work with the Glacier Institute. With a master's in geology and a lifelong passion for weather, climate, and climate change issues, Paul brings to Road Scholar a critical component of understanding and appreciation for the natural world. When Paul is not leading hikes, he is an avid cyclist, skier and winter backcountry safety instructor. Paul just finished a two month bicycle journey through Europe before joining us in Montana for the summer season.
 
Denny Olson

As the star of the TV show “Critterman’s World,” which appeared on the NBC Montana Today Show for more than four years, Denny Olson has entertained and educated people of all ages in the wonders of nature. His humorous alter-egos — including The Grizz, Dr. Loonacy and Antler Antics, among others — have appeared as he has given presentations across the country to more than 2 million people. Denny has trained thousands of naturalists, teachers and students in acting techniques, lectured on Native American storytelling as a teaching tool, and conducted graduate-level storytelling workshops nation-wide. His critically acclaimed books include, “Way of the Whitetail,” as well as the children’s book, “Special Gifts.” Formally trained as a biologist and geologist, Denny has an M.S. from the University of Minnesota. For the last few years, Denny has applied these skills to his love for Glacier National Park, leading interpretive hikes and doing park presentations.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Kandahar Lodge
  Big Mountain Whitefish, MT 2 nights
   Many Glacier Hotel
  Many Glacier 2 nights
   Prince of Wales Hotel
  Waterton International Peace Park, Alberta 2 nights
   Kandahar Lodge
  Big Mountain Whitefish, MT 1 night
 Kandahar Lodge
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Enjoy a ski resort in a beautiful mountain setting during it's quiet off season.
  Contact info: 3893 Big Mountain Rd
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 800-862-6094
web: www.kandaharlodge.com
  Room amenities: Telephone, hair dryers, television
  Facility amenities: Guest laundry available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call Lodge for price. Participants must make own reservations.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Lodge for price. Participants must make own reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Many Glacier Hotel
Type: Lodge
  Description: Historic lodge with a rustic feeling and panoramic views.
  Contact info: Hwy 8, Switftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glacierparkinc.com
  Room amenities: Telephone
  Smoking allowed: No

 Prince of Wales Hotel
Type: Lodge
  Description: Ambiance of a majestic National Park hotel with stunning views over looking Waterton Lake.
  Contact info: General Delivery, Waterton Alberta
Waterton, AB TOK 2MO Canada
phone: 403-859-2231
web: www.glacierparkinc.com
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in will be at the Kandahar Lodge located on Big Mountain and the Whitefish Mountain Resort. Check-in is anytime after 4 PM. Orientation at 5 PM in the Kandahar Meeting Room. You will be staying at Kandahar Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Hotel check-out at 11 AM. You will be staying at Kandahar Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Plenty of free parking available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Big Mountain Whitefish, MT
  Nearest city or town:  Whitefish
  Nearest highway: Hwy. 93
  Nearest airport:  Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)
  From End of Program
  Location: Big Mountain Whitefish, MT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Iron Eagle Transportation
phone: 406-890-2099
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Iron Eagle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact Taxi service 1 week prior to program start. Return service can be scheduled upon arrival with the driver.

 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Flathead-Glacier Transportation Company
phone: 406-892-3390
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Flathead-Glacier Transportation Company for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact Shuttle service 1 week prior to program start. Return service can be scheduled upon arrival with the driver.

 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Flathead-Glacier Transportation Company
phone: 406-892-3390
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Flathead-Glacier Transportation Company for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact Shuttle service 1 week prior to program start. Return service can be scheduled upon arrival with the driver.

 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Iron Eagle Transportation
phone: 406-890-2099
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Iron Eagle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

15 minutes

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact Taxi service 1 week prior to program start. Return service can be scheduled upon arrival with the driver.

 
Driving Directions
  From Glacier Park International Airport Turn left onto Hwy 2 East from airport. Drive approximately 4 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 40 at the first light. Drive approximately 5 miles to the intersection of Hwy 93. Take US-93 North to downtown Whitefish. Hwy 93 changes to Spokane Avenue. At the intersection of Spokane Avenue and 2nd street turn left. Drive two blocks and turn right onto Baker Avenue. Continue up and over the viaduct. Baker Avenue turns into Wisconsin Avenue / Mt-487. Continue about 2 miles to Big Mountain Road - look for the flashing yellow caution light over the road. Turn right on Big Mountain Road at the flashing light. Follow Big Mountain Road approximately 5 miles, going under the Welcome sign; continue about 1/8 of a mile to Kandahar Lodge on your left.
Elevation Note: Hotel elevations are 4,500', 4,900', and 4,350'. The highest elevation you'll experience is 7,000'.

Equipment Requirements: Warm waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a day pack, collapsible walking stick, hat, binoculars and a leak proof water bottle are highly recommended.
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
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in anytime after 4PM. Orientation to begin at 5PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at Kandahar Lodge after Orientation.
 Evening: Free time to get settled in.
   
Accommodations: Kandahar Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Presentation / Gondola / Summit / Hike / Presentation
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Kandahar
 Morning: This morning we'll be introduced to the Glacier and Waterton program. Next we'll ride aboard the "Glacier Chaser" gondola and chairlift—also known as Big Mountain Express—for a 15-minute scenic ride to the 7000-foot summit.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Summit Restaurant
 Afternoon: Depending on the weather of the day, we’ll be led on an informative hike either at the summit or the base of the mountain. (All outdoor activity subject to weather)
 Dinner: Dinner at Base Lodge via short shuttle provided.
 Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation on the fascinating geology of the Crown of the Continent.
   
Accommodations: Kandahar Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Depart for Many Glacier Hotel via Going-to-the-Sun Road
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Kandahar
 Morning: This morning after checking-out of Kandahar Lodge, we'll depart for Many Glacier Hotel in a motorcoach by way of the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. (Going-to-the-Sun Road subject to weather)
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the field
 Afternoon: Continuation of Going-to-the-Sun Road trip to Many Glacier Hotel with various stops along the way.
 Dinner: Dinner at Many Glacier
 Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.
   
Accommodations: Many Glacier Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Discover Glacier National Park's east side at Many Glacier
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Many Glacier
 Morning: This morning enjoy a presentation covering more of the amazing ecosystems and historic cultures of Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.
 Lunch: Lunch at Many Glacier
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll hit the trails for a scenic hike in Swiftcurrent Valley.
 Dinner: Dinner at Many Glacier
 Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.
   
Accommodations: Many Glacier Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Depart for Waterton Lakes National Park
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Many Glacier
 Morning: After checking-out of Many Glacier Hotel, we'll depart for Waterton Lakes International Peace Park. Remember to have your passports accessible for the US/Canadian border crossing. Next we'll stop at the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston where we'll see over 240 carriages, wagons and sleighs in the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in North America.
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the field
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll spend time at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, we'll bear witness to an aboriginal hunting practice that was used by native people of the North American plains for almost 6,000 years. This evening we'll check into the stunning Prince of Wales Hotel where we'll enjoy dinner and some free time. Named after the popular Prince Edward of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII, the hotel is a National Historic Site of Canada.
 Dinner: Dinner at Prince of Wales
 Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for wildlife.
   
Accommodations: Prince of Wales Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: International Scenic Boat Cruise
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Prince of Wales
 Morning: This morning we'll head to downtown Waterton for an International boat cruise on pristine Waterton Lake. Our cruise will offer some of the most spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, including; majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, striking waterfalls, snow covered peaks, and the international border between Canada and the United States.
 Lunch: Lunch at Prince of Wales
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll take a walk along Cameron Lake or in Red Rock Canyon.
 Dinner: Dinner on-your-own.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Prince of Wales Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Return to Kandahar Lodge on Big Mountain
(Sunday, August 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Prince of Wales
 Morning: This morning, after checking-out of the Prince of Wales Hotel, have your passports accessible for re-entry into the US. Once through, we'll visit the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning. Here we'll see a rich diversity of historic arts and creative craftsmanship of the Northern Plains tribal peoples.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field
 Afternoon: En route back to Kandahar Lodge we'll stop and visit the Goat Lick Overlook where exposed rocks along the deep canyon creek seep salts and minerals that attract and nourish the local mountain goats.
 Dinner: Final banquet at the Base Lodge via short shuttle provided.
 Evening: Closing and conclusion of program.
   
Accommodations: Kandahar Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Independent Departures
(Monday, August 12)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Kandahar
 Morning: Hotel check-out by 11 AM.
   
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


Glacier - A Natural History Guide


Author: David Rockwell


Description: A jewel in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses one of the richest and diverse natural regions in North America. The vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge here, creating a dramatic landscape filled with plants and animals unique to those three basins. Author and naturalist David Rockwell presents in-depth descriptions of the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park. He explains the park's evolution from the erosion of Siberian mountains more than a billion years ago to the glaciers that gave Glacier National Park its distinctive landscape. He examines the park's great predators-grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves-and their complex relationship with their prey. The result is a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of the world's last wild places.



Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky


Author: C.W. Guthrie


Description: Traveling Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience like no other. Laborers toiled for nearly 20 years to complete the 50-mile road that winds an impossible route through the heart of Glacier. One of the most scenic highways in the world, this marvel of engineering set the standard for all national parks. C. W. Guthrie tells the intriguing tale of the history and the construction of the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Includes more than 60 black-and-white historic and color photographs, maps.



Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road


Author: Raup, Earhart, Whipple, and Carrara


Description: With this colorful and lively guide, Glacier National Park visitors can tour the fascinating geologic events that created the park's majestic scenery. Complete with an easy-to-read map that offers a three-dimensional perspective on the area's geology, Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road gives lay readers and geologists alike a glimpse into Glacier's unique geologic summary.



Grizzly Country


Author: Andy Russell


Description: The grizzly bear has always inspired awe in man, but the animal's true nature and character has long been shrouded in myth. Few people know grizzlies as Andy Russell does, and in Grizzly Country he shares stories from a lifetime of experience observing them, first as hunter, then as cameraman. In wonderfully engaging prose, he reveals the life cycle of this remarkable creature.



Wildflowers of Glacier National Park


Author: Shannon Kimball and Peter Lesica


Description: Wildflowers of Glacier National Park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly field guide featuring over 300 of Glacier National Park's most common plant species. From wildflowers to trees to grasses and sedges, this book features beautiful photographs, detailed descriptions, notes on habitat and fun facts for each plant. It's a perfect plant reference for anyone with an interest in the natural history and splendor of Glacier National Park.



Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park


Author: James Willard Schultz


Description: The author writes a series of diary entries as his Blackfoot friends tell stories in the lodge or around the fire at the end of the day. He has managed to keep the compelling style of his original material, told by talented story tellers. The stories run the gamut from tribal history to legend and myth and convey something of Blackfoot culture, daily life, and beliefs.



The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind


Author: Gary Ferguson


Description: FOR MOST 0F OUR NATION'S HISTORY, Americans have identified with the "purple mountain majesties" of the Rockies. Trappers and debutantes, miners and missionaries, artists and drinkers, escaped slaves, independent women abandoning hoopskirts, and assorted black sheep of respectable families have all sought refuge and inspiration there. This spectacular landscape has always offered a sense of freedom from crowds and conformity--a world, as Frederic Remington described it, "beyond derby hats and mortgages bearing eight percent." Gary Ferguson spins magnificent tales about the vivid characters who have peopled this majestic region, from the original Indian inhabitants and their interactions with European explorers, to the delirious victims of gold rush fever, to hippies in the Sixties, to today's adventure travelers in high-tech outerwear toting satellite phones into the wild. Throughout, he explores the ebbs and flows of America's attitude toward the vast expanses that embody our sense of freedom.



Flathead Watershed Sourcebook, A Guide to an Extraordinary Place


Author: Lori S. Curtis


Description: This book serves as a primer to the Flathead Watershed. Viewed from a bioregional perspective, it discusses the many people and systems that make up the Flathead Watershed - one of the most biologically intact ecosystems in North America. This book weds science and art, nature and human nature into an appealing and informative publication. Call 406-862-1160 or visit publisher@flatheadwatershed.org to receive a copy





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