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Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Program Number: 19946RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2014 - 8/11/2014; 8/18/2014 - 8/25/2014; 9/1/2014 - 9/8/2014; 9/8/2014 - 9/15/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Price starting at: $2,175.00 - 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; Gluten Free    

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'.




Date Specific Information

8-4-2014, 8-18-2014, 9-1-2014, 9-8-2014

The date has an arrival and departure from the town of Whitefish, MT.



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.
Ellen Horowitz

Ellen Horowitz has conducted field classes and natural history explorations for 35 years, but she’s been peering through hand lenses and binoculars her entire life. She received formal training in bugs, flowers, forests, feathers and fur from Earlham College, the University of New Hampshire and Oregon State University. Ellen currently teaches field botany, Rocky Mountain flora, and practical botany at Flathead Valley Community College. She also offers natural history courses and excursions through the college’s continuing education department and the Glacier Institute. Her work as a naturalist and writer has been recognized with several honors, including Montana Audubon’s Outstanding Educator of the Year, and awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Ellen and her husband live on a farm in rural Columbia Falls with their Australian cattle dog and six mules, and are restoring their century-old log homestead house.
 
Brian Peck

Brian Peck is an independent wildlife consultant working with the Great Bear Foundation and Natural Resources Defense Council to bring about the recovery of grizzly and wolf populations in North America. His educational background is in wildlife biology and natural resource administration from the University of Massachusetts and Colorado State University, respectively. Brian spent 21 years with Boulder Colorado’s Mountain Parks and Open Space system, first as a Ranger and naturalist and later as natural resources and education coordinator. During the winter of 1986-87, Brian took a leave from his Ranger job to help the Wolf Ecology Project track the return of wolves to Glacier National Park’s North Fork of the Flathead River Valley. He later served as the wolf and grizzly recovery coordinator for the National Audubon Society before beginning his current career as a consultant.
 
Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax first saw Glacier National Park when she was three years old during a trip with her family. During college, she returned to work for two summers at Glacier Park Lodge, and later, led hiking and backpacking trips for more than a decade. She is author the Glacier National Park Moon Guidebook Series, which is now in its fourth edition. Currently working as a writer and photographer, Becky has published articles and images on Glacier’s wildlife, trails, history, lodges, melting icefields, and ecology in magazines such as Smithsonian, Montana Magazine, and Montana Outdoors.
 
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.
 
Stephanie Paidas

Since 2012, Stephanie Paidas has been the staff coordinator for Road Scholar programs in Glacier National Park, dividing her time between management activities and leading groups in the field. She first came to Montana in 1999 to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology, and is now in the final stages of earning a Ph.D. focused on ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation explores the psychological benefits of time spent in wilderness and wild landscapes, an interest that has grown out of her personal experiences and from her six years as an educator at Glacier. Stephanie is also the newly-appointed Managing Editor for the peer-reviewed scientific journal Ecopsychology. In her free time, Steph enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing with her dog, and pursuing her goal of swimming in every named lake in Glacier.
 
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.
 
Vicki Forristal

Vicki Forristal is a wildlife biologist and outdoorswomen. In the last 11 years, she has participated in wildlife studies across the country working with species that range from bugs to birds to bears. She received a B.A. in biology and psychology from St. Olaf College and a graduate degree in ecology at Montana State University where she focused on wildlife disease. Vicki has been working with Road Scholar in Glacier since 2011. She spends her free time outdoors hiking, skiing, running and camping.
 
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.
 
Leila Robinson

Throughout her lifetime, Leila Robinson has developed a great love of the outdoors, and especially enjoys exploring it in hiking mode. Her love of travel and nature has taken her to every continent, and she has been thrilled to see and experience each journey. Leila been a high school and college educator in art and interdisciplinary studies, as well as a museum program developer for 13 years. Being able to live in Glacier for the past seven summers has given her a true appreciation of this incredible and favorite national park.
 
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: This intimate European-style lodge provides lodging at Whitefish Mountain Resort near Whitefish, Montana with an elegant lobby and 50 luxurious hotel rooms.
  Contact info: 3893 Big Mountain Rd
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 800-862-6094
web: www.kandaharlodge.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have microwaves, small refrigerators, telephones, hair dryers, a/c and down comforters. There is no elevator and all rooms require some stairs.
  Facility amenities: Our large lobby and breakfast nook area features comfortable furniture and a wood burning fireplace. A perfect place to settle into a great book. We also have an area featuring a big screen TV. Free wireless Internet service is available in the lobby, in the guest rooms and throughout the Lodge. Kandahar Lodge also offers a Wellness Center. The Wellness Center has a large outdoor hot tub, steam room, exercise room and massage treatment room.
  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: Many Glacier Hotel is located in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. The chalet hotel boasts a true Swiss atmosphere from the alpine beauty that surrounds the building to the themed architecture and décor of the striking atrium lobby. The hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.
  Contact info: Hwy 8, Switftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glaciernationalparklodges.com
  Room amenities: All guestrooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind National Park lodging experience. Rooms have land-line phones. There is no TV, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls or claw foot tub showers.
  Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Prince of Wales Hotel
Type: Lodge
  Description: Ambiance of a majestic National Park hotel with stunning views over looking Waterton Lake. The Prince of Wales Hotel was built as an extension to the chain of hotels and chalets built and operated by the Great Northern Railway in Glacier National Park, Montana. The hotel is named after the Prince of Wales, the popular Prince Edward, who was later to become King Edward VIII. He was admired and adored worldwide, even after his abdication of the British Throne in 1936 when he chose to marry a commoner from America.
  Contact info: General Delivery, Waterton Alberta
Waterton, AB TOK 2MO Canada
phone: 403-859-2231
web: www.glacierparkinc.com
  Room amenities: We provide a simple, non-radio alarm clock for making sure you do not miss a scheduled morning activity. Yes, you guessed it, the hotels are nearing 100 years old and the telephone lines are just as historic. We offer you a direct dial analog phone line. A $0.50 access fee and long distance rates will apply to all calls. We know it can get hot some days so the property offers limited number of fans for guest rooms. The fans are available upon request at the Front Desk. We understand that having a hair dryer in your hotel room is a standard and common feature. However, these historic hotels/inns have sensitive electric circuitry that do not allow for high electricity demand. We do have a limited number of hairdryers available at the front desk that we would be more than happy to loan during your stay. We do have a limited number of irons and ironing boards available at the front desk that we would be more than happy to loan during your stay. We understand that having the following list of amenities in your hotel room is standard and common. However, in keeping in the era of which the hotels/inns were built, rooms will not have a bathtub, radio, Internet access, television, coffee maker, air conditioning, or a mini refrigerator.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in will be at the Kandahar Lodge located on Big Mountain. Check in is anytime after 4:00 p.m. Registration in the hotel lobby from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. Orientation will take place at 5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Kandahar Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Hotel check out at 11:00 a.m. 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
 

Glacier International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Glacier Taxi
phone: 406-250-3603
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call 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

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Glacier Taxi
phone: 406-250-3603
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call 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.

 

Glacier International Airport (FCA)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Kountry Taxi
phone: 406-250-8015
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

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

 

Whitefish Amtrak Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Kountry Taxi
phone: 406-250-8015
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact company 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, rain jacket, sturdy hiking shoes, 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 / Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Monday, August 18)
   
 Afternoon: Check in any time after 4:00 p.m. Please stop by the Road Scholar registration table in the Kandahar lobby between 4:00 and 4:45 to complete some light paperwork. Orientation will take place at 5:00. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Our opening dinner will take place at Ed and Mully’s - a short shuttle ride away to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Participants will enjoy a buffet of classic American style entrees with Vegetarian and Gluten-free entrees available upon prior request. The Restaurant also offers a full-service bar.
 Evening: Feel free to get settled into your room this evening.
   
Accommodations: Kandahar Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Overview of Glacier and Waterton National Parks / Scenic Gondola Ride / Walk/Hike
(Tuesday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: In the Kandahar Lodge Lobby, enjoy a tasty continental breakfast with choices of whole grain breads and bagels, a variety of yogurts, cold cereals, granola, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and a rotation of fresh sliced fruit. Cranberry juice, orange juice, milk, coffee & hot tea will also be available.
 Morning: This morning we'll have a program introducing the Glacier and Waterton area. 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 summit of Big Mountain. Elevation at the summit is 7,000'.
 Lunch: Relish breathtaking views of Glacier National Park and Flathead Valley while you enjoy a lunch buffet at the Summit House, located at the summit of Big Mountain. A classic buffet with American style entrees will be offered. Vegetarian and Gluten-free entrees available upon prior request.
 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. Both trails include uneven and rocky terrain, as well as inclines and declines. (All outdoor activity subject to weather)
 Dinner: A shuttle will take you a short distance to dinner at Ed & Mully's. Our dinner buffet this evening will include classic American style entrees. Vegetarian and Gluten-free entrees available upon prior request. The Restaurant also offers a full-service bar.
 Evening: Tonight's instructor will present on the fascinating culture and history of this majestic area.
   
Accommodations: Kandahar Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Travel to Many Glacier Hotel via Going-to-the-Sun Road / Logan Pass
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Kandahar Lodge.
 Morning: This morning, after checking out of Kandahar Lodge, we'll depart for Many Glacier Hotel by way of the Historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. (Going-to-the-Sun Road access subject to weather and road conditions) This National Historic Landmark is the only road that crosses Glacier National Park and is a testament to human ingenuity as portions of the road hug the mountain sides. Switch backs and tunnels were constructed to help visitors bypass through some of the most spectacular scenery Glacier National Park has to offer. We'll make a stop at Logan Pass, located along the Continental Divide, where waters flow toward both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Logan Pass is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road with an elevation of 6,647'.
 Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll continue our journey over the Going-to-the-Sun Road where we'll view sky scraping peaks, waterfalls and broad alpine meadows teeming with wildflowers and wildlife. Later in the afternoon we'll check in to Many Glacier Hotel. Many Glacier was built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway as a destination resort for its rail tourists. The hotel sits among soaring peaks and glassy lakes.
 Dinner: After arriving at Many Glacier Hotel, enjoy a menu select dinner in the Ptarmigan Dining Room, located on site at the hotel. With its lakeside views, this is the most refined of the restaurants located in Glacier National Park.
 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: Hike Glacier National Park's Scenic Swiftcurrent Valley
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dinning room.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a presentation covering more of the amazing ecosystems of Glacier National Park area.
 Lunch: Menu select in the hotel dinning room.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll hit the trails for an easy to moderate walk/hike in the Swiftcurrent Valley.
 Dinner: Menu select in the hotel dinning room.
 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: Travel to Waterton Lakes National Park
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dinning room.
 Morning: After checking out of Many Glacier Hotel, we'll depart for Waterton Lakes National 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: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 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. The hotel was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1927 and boasts Swiss-style architechure with British ambience.
 Dinner: After arriving at the Prince of Wales Hotel, enjoy a menu select dinner at the Royal Stewart Dining Room, located onsite at the hotel.
 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 / Walk/Hike / Free Evening
(Saturday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: In the Royal Stewart Dining Room at Prince of Wales Hotel, enjoy a menu select breakfast. The menu offers standard American classics as well as a lighter fare for those not looking for a heavy morning meal.
 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: Menu select in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll take a walk/hike along Cameron Lake or in Red Rock Canyon.
 Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Waterton has numerous restaurants. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for lunch at your own cost if you like.
 Evening: Free evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please feel free to ask the Group Leader for free time activity suggestions.
   
Accommodations: Prince of Wales Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Return Trip to Kandahar Lodge
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dining room.
 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 Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier.The immense timbers that support the Lodge were around 500 to 800 years old when they were cut. There are a total of 60 timbers. They are 36 to 42 inches in diameter, 40 feet long, and all retain their bark. The timbers in the lobby are Douglas fir and the verandahs are supported by Cedars from Washington.
 Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: On our return trip 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 local mountain goats.
 Dinner: Our final dinner will be at Ed and Mully’s and willl include a classic American style entrée with Vegetarian and Gluten-free entrees available upon prior request.
   
Accommodations: Kandahar Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Breakfast / Independent Departures
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Kandahar Lodge.
 Morning: The program concludes with breakfast, followed by independent departures. Please note that check out is by 11:00 a.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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: 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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