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On the Road: Spectacular Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies

Program Number: 20794RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/24/2013;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $2,245.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the very best of Western Canada's coast and mountain heritage, from lush and exotic gardens, to wineries nestled amidst the Okanagan Valley, to the soaring Rocky Mountains. Thousand-year-old glaciers, majestic peaks, bountiful vineyards and Pacific Northwest culture come to life during interpreted field trips with local experts. Learn how diverse landscapes have shaped the people and culture of this region, beginning with the history of coastal British Columbia in Vancouver, then journeying into the interior to explore the stunning Okanagan Valley and ascending into the Rockies to visit Banff, Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefields.


• Explore Vancouver’s well-known neighborhoods with an author and historian for an offbeat insight into the city's urban design and ethnic neighborhoods.
• Journey the Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies and venture onto the Athabasca Glacier by SnoCoach.
• Visit the Okanagan Valley, Canada’s premier wine country, to explore well-known vineyards and learn about winemaking while sampling award-winning labels.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, standing while listening to speakers.

Date Specific Information


Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vancouver, 3 nights; coach to Kelowna, 2 nights; coach to Banff, Alberta, 4 nights; 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.

Vancouver and Kelowna: Full-service hotel. Banff: Mountain inn.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, BC 3 nights
   Comfort Suites Kelowna
  Kelowna, BC 2 nights
   The Banff Inn
  Banff, Alberta 4 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
  Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.
  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 bar 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: 4:00 PM

 Comfort Suites Kelowna
Type: Hotel
  Description: Escape to the beauty of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. This all suites hotel is just minutes from downtown Kelowna, stunning wineries, orchards, mountains, lakes and numerous outdoor adventures.
  Contact info: 2656 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, BC V1X 4J4 Canada
phone: 250-861-1110
  Room amenities: LCD Cable television - movie channels AM/FM alarm clock with ipod dock Bathrobes Coffee/tea maker Iron, full size ironing board Hairdryer Free local calls under 30 minutes High-speed wired & wireless Internet access Voice mail Air-conditioning Refrigerators in all guestrooms Microwaves in all guestrooms
  Facility amenities: Indoor pool with 40' water slide Hot tub 24-hour front desk Newspapers in lobby Guest laundry Sightseeing tours Ice/vending machines Free parking Parking for the physically challenged Meeting facilities Courier Service Business centre Audio/visual equipment Conference services Fax services Photocopy services Valet Cleaning Cardio Centre - Fully equipped with a stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer and universal weights, you will be sure to stay on track while staying at our new hotel in Kelowna Rollaway Beds & rooms for the physically challenged available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Banff Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Banff Inn offers modern hotel accommodations located on Banff Avenue, only minutes away from the downtown shops, restaurants and many of Banff's attractions. The Banff Inn is ideal lodging for Canadian Rockies vacations and our outgoing staff will be happy to offer suggestions on all Banff National Park attractions.
  Contact info: 501 Banff Avenue
PO Box 1018
Banff, AB T1L 1A9 Canada
phone: 403-762-8844
  Room amenities: All rooms feature colour television with cable, coffee makers, hairdryers, complimentary wireless internet and individual climate control (heat + air conditioning ).
  Facility amenities: Centrally located sauna, steamroom and large jacuzzi whirlpool. Underground parking with elevator access. A coin operated high speed internet kiosk is located in the lobby. Complimentary wireless available throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to program hotel, Vancouver, BC. Check-in is 4:00 pm. Dinner at the hotel is at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is at 7:30 am. Independent departures from Banff hotel after breakfast, Vancouver, BC. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at The Banff Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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 for up to date information.
  Parking availability:
Vehicles would remain in Vancouver. Contact hotel directly to enquire about parking during the program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Banff, Alberta
  Nearest city or town:  Calgary, Alberta
  Nearest airport:  Calgary International Airport
Travel Details



From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


The cost is approximately CAD$30 - $35
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 - 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel 


Taxi service is readily available from the airport to the hotel. Shuttle service is no longer available from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver. For current arrival and departure information to/from the airport, please visit




From Airport




Public Transportation
Canada Line (TransLink)
phone: 604-953-3333


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately CAD$7 - $10
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 35-45 minutes 


From the airport take the Sky Train to the Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, there will be signage directing you to the Canada Line. Any airport staff member will direct you. From Yaletown/Roundhouse take the C23 Davie St. bus (with the same ticket) west to Davie and Howe and walk 1 block south to hotel or walk across the street and take the C21 bus going west on Pacific, get off at Pacific and Howe. The hotel is 1/4 block north. Bus stops right outside the hotel. Visit




From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $10
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 


Taxis available at train station or use call box.


From program hotel in Banff


To Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately CAD$58
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1.5 to 2 hours 




140 km


Hourly shuttle services to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is available from Banff. Reservations are required. For the most up to date shuttle information check out,


From Banff


To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately CAD$160
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1.5 to 2 hours 




140 km


NOTE: travel time from Banff back to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. When booking your departure/return flight, confirm with your airline the amount of time required for pre-flight check-in procedure. Make sure you have enough time upon arrival at airport to comfortably make your flight.

Driving Directions
  From East Take the Grandview Highway Exit to Granville Street. Turn right on Granville follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge. Turn Left on Davie Street and follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From North Take Highway 99 south and turn right on Taylor Way, exit 13. Turn left on Marine Drive. Follow signs for Vancouver, cross Lions Gate Bridge, and continue on West Georgia. Turn right on Denman Street and then turn left on Davie Street. Follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From South Take US Interstate 5 to Highway 99, follow 99 to 41st. Avenue. Turn Left on 41st Avenue and continue to Granville Street. Turn Right on Granville; follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge and turn left on Davie Street. Follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From West Take Tsawwasswen Ferry Terminal, then follow Highway 17. Take exit to Highway 99 and follow Highway 99 to 41st Avenue. Turn Left on 41st Avenue and continue to Granville Street. Turn right on Granville; follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge. Turn left on Davie Street and follow Davie Street to the ocean.
Equipment Requirements: Supportive/comfortable footwear, good walking shoes are recommended, breathable, yet comfortable clothing suitable for daily walking, raincoat and/or windproof jacket (lined for cooler temperatures), umbrella.
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, September 15)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to program hotel. Check-in after 4:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel followed by introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Vancouver: Museum of Anthropology/Stanley Park
(Monday, September 16)

Note: The walk to/from and through Stanley Park will be approximately 2 miles or 3.22 km over relatively flat terrain; some standing for interpretation while at the Museum.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Learn about the history and culture of the people of the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Anthropology. The Museum houses some 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Aboriginal peoples of British Columbia developed a rich and complex culture. Because of the diversity of the Pacific coast - mild to cold climate, seashore to mountains - the tribes that settled in this area developed completely different cultures and languages than found elsewhere.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Stanley Park. Explore the iconic Stanley Park with an expert from the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Discover this breathtaking park which remains unspoiled and a testimony to the giant trees which occupied the site of Vancouver in its former days. Its natural west coast atmosphere offers a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. World famous landmarks in the park will also be discussed including the totem poles and various monuments and sculptures, and the 5.5 mi seawall which encircles the entire park.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in English Bay.
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore Vancouver Neighborhoods: Gastown/Chinatown/Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
(Tuesday, September 17)

Note: During the historic walk of Vancouver neighborhoods, including 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: Meet one of Vancouver's well-known local historians and author for a presentation on the settlement of Vancouver and the distinct communities and neighborhoods that define this multicultural metropolis. Field trips will take you on a historic walk of Vancouver's well-known neighborhoods. Alongside a local historian, explore two of Vancouver's most fascinating communities, Gastown and Chinatown. Gain a sense of how the city of Vancouver functions by someone who knows the city like few others, gaining fascinating (and occasionally offbeat) insights to the city's history, architecture, and people. Beginning in Gastown, the city's birthplace, walk through this historic neighborhood, with much of its early architecture and character intact, and see how it is evolving into one of the city's newest residential areas. Explore the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, boasting rich culture and a striking collection of heritage buildings recalling the contributions of early pioneers and leaders.
 Lunch: Lunch.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. We travel to historic Chinatown to visit the first authentic Chinese garden to be built outside of China. Like every classical Chinese garden, the design is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. Together, these four elements combine to create a breathtaking experience of perfect balance, yin and yang. The garden enhances understanding between Chinese and Western cultures, promotes Chinese culture and was built using the time honored principles and techniques of the original Ming dynasty garden.
 Dinner: Dine on your own, with new friends or join your Group Leader and fellow participants to explore more of the city and enjoy dinner at one of many dining options that the city has to offer. Discover why Vancouver is considered to be one of the world's best places to dine.
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Depart for Okanagan Valley/Kelowna/Wine Tasting
(Wednesday, September 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: We leave behind the cityscape and journey along the mighty Fraser River towards the Okanagan Valley. Stretching from Osoyoos at the US border north to Kelowna, is laden with orchards and vineyards, making it especially appealing in spring, when the fruit trees are in full bloom. The best time to enjoy some of the valley's bounty is mid-August through early September. British Columbians have long taken inordinate pride in their wines which we will experience while exploring the region.
 Lunch: We stop at the lovely Minter Gardens for lunch and guided walk through the exquisite gardens.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Summerhill Pyramid Winery. The Okanagan Valley is well known for its unparalleled variety of climate and landscape from lush orchards to arid desert-like landscape. Visit a local winery for a private tour and wine tasting. Sample a variety of hand-crafted Okanagan wines in this unique and authentic setting, surrounded by the actual vineyards where the fruit is produced on site.
 Dinner: Dine at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery's Sunset Organic Bistro boasting unparalleled views of Okanagan Lake. The Bistro offers a wonderful marriage of organic food and wine produce on site.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Kelowna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Osoyoos: Nk'Mip Cultural Centre/See Ya Later Ranch/Mission Hill Winery
(Thursday, September 19)

Note: On the morning guided walk to the Pit House Village, the trail is over relatively flat terrain.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Nk'Mip Cultural Centre. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people on a field trip to the Nk’Mip Cultural Centre. The state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. On a guided walk down a 1.5 km trail to the Pit House Village, discuss Okanagan Culture, history, ecology and botany along the way. The centre is renowned for its award-winning Rattlesnake Research project; accordingly, the centre has created “Snakes Alive”, a program that educates about the seven snake species that inhabit the South Okanagan, focusing on the endangered Western Rattlesnake. Storytelling, the oral tradition through which aboriginals have passed on their rich history, tells the legends and Chaptik of the Nk’Mip, and allows for a better understanding of how the Okanagan people relate to us. More hands on programs include a Talking Stick making/decorating session and a drum making program, while a traditional food tasting provides the perfect opportunity to sample a variety of traditional berries, meat, fish, bannock, and prickly pear cactus endemic to the South Okanagan.
 Lunch: Lunch at Passa Tempo.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: See Ya Later Ranch and Mission Hill Winery. Over the last two decades the Okanagan Valley has become known as an extremely unique, breathtakingly beautiful, premium wine growing region. The diversity of vines that thrive here provides winemakers with a multitude of options to express their creative talents and technical experience. The region has attracted winemakers from around the world and is now home to vintners from France, Australia, California, New Zealand and South Africa. Visit See Ya Later Ranch, a one-hour winery tour will a focus on viticulture and tell the quirky history of the ranch. The winery produces premium varietals that include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Meritage, Semillon,Icewine, and a classical method Brut. The tour begins in our working vineyard and concludes in the historic Major Fraser Room with wine tasting. Next we visit the Mission Hill Winery which was awarded Winery of the Year - 2011 Intervin International Wine Awards. The estate winery is situated in the heart of British Columbia's breathtaking Okanagan Valley wine country, one of the Pacific Northwest's undiscovered gems. Hear about the history, winemaking philosophy and, most importantly, the wines. Experience the nature and art of winemaking by walking through lush on-site vineyards and visiting the underground cellars.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Kelowna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Spiral Tunnel/Roger's Pass/Banff National Park
(Friday, September 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After a hearty breakfast we journey north along the Trans Canada Highway, where the road winds its way into the Monashee Mountains and past Craigellachie, the site of the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. As we continue on to Revelstoke, and up through Kicking Horse Pass we stop at the legendary Spiral Tunnels, a highlight of this routes and historic rail line that united Canada's east and west. Spiral Tunnels is an engineering marvel that loops into Mount Stephen - considered the most difficult railway track on the Canadian Pacific Railway.
 Lunch: We stop for lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Continue along Roger’s Pass to the summit of Glacier National Park and finally enter Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 2,564 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots. In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. The Park was born from that humble beginning.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Banff.
Accommodations: The Banff Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Banff: Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Lake Louise/Victoria Glacier
(Saturday, September 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada commemorating the birthplace of Canada's National Park system, which began here in 1885. Learn about the growth and development of Canada's national parks system and its influence on Canada's future. Explore the naturally occurring, warm mineral springs which can be found inside the cave and outside in an emerald coloured basin.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Travel along the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise and explore the biodiversity and outstanding geological features of this area with a local naturalist. In Lake Louise, walk along the shoreline of this brilliantly colored lake and witness first hand the spectacular view of Victoria Glacier. Hear about the history of Chateau Lake Louise as you explore the grounds of this heritage property.
 Dinner: Return to Banff for dinner on your own.
Accommodations: The Banff Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Banff: Columbia Icefields/Athabasca Glacier
(Sunday, September 22)

Note: There are stairs leading up to the entrance of the Columbia Icefields Interpretive Centre, but there is a higher parking lot with a ramp for easier access. The remainder of the field trip is completed by coach, which is wheelchair accessible.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Columbia Icefields. Today we travel a portion of the Icefields Parkway and experience one of Canada's national treasures boasting a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. Stretching 144 miles through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, this incredible area profiles a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. Learn about the Columbia Icefield a surviving remnant of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains. Lying on a wide, elevated plateau, it is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. The Athabasca is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Experience the Athabasca in the comfort of a massive snow coach, specially designed for glacial travel. Travel out onto the surface of the glacier with our local guide where we can safely step out and stand on this powerful ancient ice while learning about the . Because of a warming climate, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms, the shrinking glacier has left a moonscape of rocky moraines in its wake. Learn about the retreat of the glacier, its surrounding habitat and how plants and wildlife survive in such conditions, as well as a brief look at the human history in the area.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Columbia Icefields continues. Return to Banff.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: The Banff Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Banff: Whyte Museum/Free Afternoon
(Monday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Whyte Museum. Explore the Whyte Museum, one of Banff's most culturally significant museums, and learn of the remarkable history of some of the locals and their cultural past. The Whyte Museum is the gateway for experiencing and enjoying the art, culture and history of the Canadian Rockies.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Banff - visit the hot springs, discover the town site or take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a fantastic 360 degree view.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: The Banff Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Independent Departures
(Tuesday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Final breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures from the hotel in Banff. There is a shuttle service between Banff and Calgary (downtown and airport).
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Vancouver, BC Grouse Mountain
Take the Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. If you want a real challenge - or at least a serious workout - try the Grouse Grind. A 2.9-kilometre (3700 ft) trail straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain. When you do the Grind, it's recommended you wear hiking boots and carry water. For those in good shape the hike takes about an hour. An average time would be between one and a half to two hours. The world record for doing the Grind is under 27 minutes! It's free to hike up, but it's not wise (or advised) for you to hike back down so you'll need to pay for the gondola ride to the bottom ($10 - 15 CDN for gondola ride). The Grind is open from late Spring to early Fall, dependant on weather and trail conditions. For additional information, visit
  Museum of Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibits tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late ‘70s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park, set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline, and mountains. For additional information, visit
  Vancouver Maritime Museum
Visitors enjoy the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s many permanent and changing exhibits, the famous RCMP schooner St Roch and Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. The Maritime Museum tells the stories of Canada's ties to the Pacific and the Arctic. As a centre for life-long learning, the Museum interprets our ongoing interaction with the sea through exhibitions and programs for people of all ages. Visitors will discover rich maritime history and traditions and there’s so much to see and do for landlubbers and old salts. Explore the many exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, lighthouses, early fur trade, fireboats, Vancouver warships, deep-ocean exploration, coastal and transpacific steamship lines, and so much more. For additional information, visit
  Vancouver Zodiac Adventures
Immerse yourself in the pristine scenery and coastal wildlife of British Columbia. On this 3-hour tour, your guide will take you deep into Howe Sound to explore the many islands and inlets. Once there, you will encounter seals and sea lions, visit seabird nesting sites and discover bald eagles. Also be on the lookout for porpoises! Returning to Coal Harbour you will be treated to breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The tours are guided by a certified naturalist/skipper and depart from the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver dock. For additional information, visit
  Banff, Alberta 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
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

Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast

Author: Bill Richardson

Description: Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests.

First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim

Author: Meg McHutchinson, Judith Roche, One Reel

Description: A collection of native voices from Pacific shores, all remembering the salmon. It's a lovely book, illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, and made more poignant by the salmon's decline in the coastal regions.

Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island

Author: Gerald Hill, Kathleen Hill

Description: A quirky, personal guide to Vancouver Island by two residents, with a focus on out of the way places, food and cultural attractions. Organized by neighborhood, the guide includes excellent listings of where to eat, stay and shop.

Lonely Planet Vancouver Encounter

Author: Lonely Planet

Description: With a section of not-to-missed highlights and a calendar of annual events, this lively pocket guide organized by neighborhood includes suggested side trips, along what to see and where to shop, eat, drink and play. With a double-sided pullout map.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest

Author: Peter Alden

Description: A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Author: Jon Dunn

Description: From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska

Author: Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar

Description: A terrific handbook to nearly 800 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska.

Snow Falling on Cedars

Author: David Guterson

Description: A beautifully wrought, extremely evocative novel set on San Piedro Island in Puget Sound in the 1950s. Readers are rewarded not only with some fine storytelling and beautiful prose, but also with a vivid glimpse of life on these islands in Puget Sound.

The Island Within

Author: Richard Nelson

Description: A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land.

The Raven Steals the Light

Author: Robert Bringhurst, Bill Reid (Illustrator), Claude Levi-Strauss (Introduction)

Description: A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida.

Vancouver Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species

Author: James Kavanagh

Description: This pocket-sized reference for the bird enthusiast includes illustrations of over 120 species and a map of local birdwatching hotspots.

Vancouver Map

Author: Berndtson & Berndtson

Description: A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000.

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