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Seattle to Banff: The Coastal Passage and the Rockies by Rail

Program Number: 21493RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/11/2014 - 7/19/2014; 7/10/2015 - 7/18/2015; 9/4/2015 - 9/12/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $5,245.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Train Treks; On the Road
Meals: 22; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies on a journey by train from Seattle to Banff aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. Learn about some of the world’s most magnificent stretches of railway, experience sunset views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands and then cross the Canadian border as the train hugs the Pacific Coast and travels into Vancouver. Marvel at the towering Coast Mountains and fertile Fraser Valley en route to Banff as experts illuminate the changing landscape and the natural and human influences that have shaped it.




Highlights

• In Seattle and Vancouver, explore local markets, distinct culture and fine neighborhoods, and even get a bird’s-eye view of Seattle from the Space Needle.
• Journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies to Banff National Park with on board commentary highlighting the history and development of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
• Ascend Sulphur Mountain in a glass-enclosed gondola, encounter Lake Louise, learn of pioneers who tamed the Canadian West and learn how the railway made Banff a Victorian luxury paradise.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; boarding/disembarking train and vessels. Some uneven terrain. Elevations up to 4,500 feet




Date Specific Information

7-11-2014

Upgraded Silver Leaf Service.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



7-10-2015, 9-4-2015

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



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Seattle, Wash., 1 night; train to Vancouver, British Columbia, 2 nights; train to Kamloops, 1 night; train to Banff, Alberta, 4 nights; coach to Calgary, departure.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Comfortable, centrally located hotels in Seattle, Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff.

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

Ben Gadd is one of Canada’s better-known naturalists and Rockies writers. Author of the ground-breaking “Handbook of the Canadian Rockies,” Ben has written eight other books and contributed to several more. His novel, “Raven’s End,” has become a prize-winning Canadian best-seller. Ben has received three Banff Mountain Book Festival awards for his work. Educated as a geologist, Ben has pursued a career mainly in natural history, including a stint as a Parks Canada naturalist. He has also taught writing at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Grant MacEwan College. For nearly 30 years, he has worked in the summer as a freelance interpretive guide — he is one of only six master guides in Canada’s professional Interpretive Guides Association — and in the winter as a writer and sought-after lecturer on Rockies topics. Heard frequently on CBC radio, Ben has also appeared in many television items and several documentaries on the Rockies.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle (Downtown)
  Seattle, Washington 1 night
   The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  Vancouver, British Columbia 2 nights
   Kamloops Hotel TBA
  Kamloops, British Columbia 1 night
   Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
  Banff, Alberta 4 nights
 Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle (Downtown)
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Rising 34 stories over one of America's most scenic cities, the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Seattle provides guests with comfort and luxury, creating the ultimate home-away-from-home experience. Only 14 miles from the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, we can help you make the most of your time in our fascinating city. Walk to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Safeco Field, and hundreds of other unforgettable shops and restaurants. Whether traveling for business or leisure, you will be delighted by our comfortable rooms featuring stunning views of the Emerald city.
  Contact info: 1113 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-464-1980
web: www.cphotelseattle.com/
  Room amenities: Plush Sleep Advantage™ beds, 37" Flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels. High-speed Internet access (additional fee). Work desk with lamp, phone, and voicemail setup. Convenient hairdryer, bathrobe, iron, & ironing board. Complimentary weekday morning newspaper
  Facility amenities: Expert concierge services, 24-hour fitness & business center access, on-site dining at the Regatta Bar & Grille.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel directly for rates and availability. Toll Free: 800-521-2762
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. Known as the 'Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada's iconic hotels. Located just steps from Vancouver’s business, shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to explore Vancouver’s spectacular scenery and vibrant downtown Vancouver lifestyle. Be sure to explore exciting Vancouver events during your stay.
  Contact info: 900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 Canada
phone: 604-684-3131
web: www.fairmont.com/hotel-vancouver/
  Room amenities: Each of the hotel's 556 Vancouver, BC accommodations offers the luxury and services of a world-class hotel with the elegance and charm of an English castle. Subtly included in every room are all the modern conveniences for business and leisure travelers alike. •Air-conditioning and personal heat control •Alarm clock/radio •Bathrobes •Coffee/Tea maker •Cable television, in-room Pay-Movies/Games, Video Check-Out •Hair Dryer •Iron and ironing board •Mini-bar •In-Room Business Amenities Large working desk, Business supplies, High Speed Internet Access upon request
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a state-of-the-art health club, indoor pool, Absolute Spa and Sitka Physio & Wellness and on-site dining at Griffins restaurant, featuring bistro dining and decadent buffets, 900 West Lounge with nightly live entertainment and perfectly crafted cocktails and traditional Afternoon Tea
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Kamloops Hotel TBA
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: TBA
TBA
Kamloops, BC N/A Canada
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The impressive hand hewn logs that accent the building's exterior and lobby create the spectacular ambience of this mountain lodge. The massive fieldstone fireplace that dominates the lobby invites you to relax in front of warm crackling flames.
  Contact info: 521 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1B1 Canada
phone: 403-762-5887
web: www.banffcariboulodge.com
  Room amenities: Rooms feature mountain luxury beds, maple furnishings and artwork inspired by Canada's magnificent Rocky Mountains. All rooms have hairdryers, flat panel TV, coffee maker with complimentary tea and coffee, iron/ironing board, free high-speed Internet, mini fridge, in-room safe, clock/radio and
  Facility amenities: The lodge features 195 well-appointed rooms. Facilities include The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, free high-speed internet, a heated underground parkade, and an exercise room with 35 person jetted hot pool, a steam room, and exercise equipment. ATM, laundry/dry cleaning service and 24 hour front desk. Downtown shops and restaurants are accessible via a pleasant 10-minute walk or by the complimentary shuttle service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel directly. Contact hotel directly if you wish to stay on in Banff. Toll Free: 1-800-563-8764
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Seattle, WA. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle (Downtown) that night.
  End of Program:
Morning transfer from Banff to Calgary, AB (airport/downtown). Approximate arrival at Calgary airport is 11:00 a.m. Departures from Calgary, AB. You will be staying at Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
**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:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Banff, Alberta
  Nearest city or town:  Calgary, Alberta
  Nearest airport:  Calgary International Airport
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$38 - $50 USD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

   

At the airport from baggage claim the taxi stands are across the sky bridge on the 4th floor, then downstairs to the 3rd floor of the parking garage.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express
phone: 425-981-7000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

Shuttle Express services most downtown hotels; 5am - 9pm: Leaves SeaTac Airport every 35 mins. Follow the signs directing you to ground transportation, cross the sky bridge, (pedestrian overpass) down the escalator/elevator to the 3rd floor of the parking garage. The booth is next to the Ground Transportation Information Center. Check in at booth. For off-peak hours use the 24-hour courtesy phone. Guests board at Island 2, on the 3rd floor. https://www.shuttleexpress.com/downtown-airporter-taxi

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in program cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 hours 

   

On the final day of the program the group will transfer from Banff to Calgary (airport). This transfer is included in the program cost.

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx. $55 - please see www.banffairporter.com for updates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

Shuttle fee is non-refundable (insurance is available - please enquire with the shuttle company).

 
Driving Directions
  DIFFERENT START AND END LOCATIONS This program starts in Seattle, Washington and ends in Calgary, Alberta. Driving your personal vehicle to the program is not recommended due to logistics of the itinerary and different start and end locations.
Elevation Note: The train may reach elevations in the Rockies of up to 9,000 feet.

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 Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Seattle, WA. Check-in is 4:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: After dinner we will have an orientation session and introductions. 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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle (Downtown)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Pike Place Market/Seattle Space Needle/Train to Vancouver
(Saturday, July 12)

Note: Enjoy silver leaf service on the train from Seattle to Vancouver. The new Coastal Passage route will seamlessly connect the Pacific Northwest cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy an exploration of Pike Place Market. "The Market," as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations. Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; plus 240 street performers and musicians. Here you can discover the multitude of culinary offerings and the wide variety of arts and crafts.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Pike Place Market.
 Afternoon: Experience a bird’s eye view from the world famous Space Needle, where an elevator will shoot you up to the Observation, or as the locals call it, “The O Deck”. This is your chance for an unforgettable view of the Emerald City and its surrounding mountains and bodies of water.
 Afternoon: Board the train to Vancouver then toast the rail voyage ahead and enjoy dinner onboard as you travel past the Chittenden Locks linking Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington as you wave goodbye to Seattle. Highlights include the fishing fleet (and Boeing jets) of Everett, the fields at the foot of the Cascade Mountains near Mount Vernon, sunset views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands beyond, and, after crossing the Canadian border, the community of White Rock as the train hugs the Pacific Coast and travels into Vancouver.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the train.
   
Accommodations: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gastown & Chinatown/Stanley Park/Museum of Anthropology
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover the urban oasis of Stanley Park, this breathtaking park 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.
 Morning: Alongside a local historian, explore two of Vancouver's most fascinating communities, Gastown and Chinatown. 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 at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), enjoy an expert-led exploration of the museum. The MOA is Canada's largest teaching museum and world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs and community connections. It is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey on the grounds of UBC. Its exhibitions and programs provide access and 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Discover SilverLeaf Service on the train from Vancouver, British Columbia to Kamloops, British Columbia; a new way to experience Rocky Mountaineer's rail journeys into the Canadian Rockies. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery through the panoramic windows of our custom-designed single-level dome coach. Relax in reclining dome-level seats which can rotate to accommodate groups of four. Take in the dazzling vistas, and enjoy delicious meals at your seat.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at your seat on the train.
 Morning: Depart for the train station and board the Rocky Mountaineer bound for Kamloops. Train attendants will provide interpretive commentary as you marvel at the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Fraser Valley. As the surrounding scenery unfolds, so will the commentary about the changing landscape and the interplay of geology, glacial history, ecology and human history that has shaped this diverse and beautiful land. Hear about the history and development of the Canadian Pacific Railway, including the travails of building the line through the Rocky Mountains.
 Lunch: Cold lunch served at your seat.
 Afternoon: Arrive and check into the hotel in Kamloops. Name of the hotel will be confirmed as we get closer to departure. Kamloops is situated at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers in the Thompson Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. It was the native fur trade that attracted the first Europeans, and they established a trading post here in 1812. Gold rush fever in the 1850s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s contributed to the rapid expansion of the settlement.
 Dinner: Dinner in Kamloops.
   
Accommodations: Kamloops Hotel TBA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rocky Mountaineer to Banff
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Discover SilverLeaf Service on the train from Kamloops, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta; a new way to experience Rocky Mountaineer's rail journeys into the Canadian Rockies. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery through the panoramic windows of our custom-designed single-level dome coach. Relax in reclining dome-level seats which can rotate to accommodate groups of four. Take in the dazzling vistas, and enjoy delicious meals at your seat.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at your seat on the train.
 Morning: Depart for the train station and board the Rocky Mountaineer, bound for Banff. From the comfort of your roomy, reclining seat enjoy and experience the spectacular scenery through large picture windows. Train attendants will provide interpretive commentary during this beautiful journey.
 Lunch: Cold lunch served at your seat
 Afternoon: Arrive in Banff late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cave and Basin National Historic Site/Geology of the Rockies/Sulphur Mountain Gondola/Banff Springs Hotel/Bow Falls
(Wednesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Creating the Canadian Cordillera. Fifty years ago we thought that the Rockies popped up out of a “geosyncline”, and we had no reasonable explanation for the weird rock making up the mountains to the west. Now we know! Join one of Canada's better-known naturalists and award-winning author, Ben Gadd, as he shares the fascinating story of the Canadian Rockies.
 Morning: Explore the Cave and Basin National Historic Site with naturalist Ben Gadd. The warm waters issuing from Sulphur Mountain were known to aboriginal peoples. These hot springs later became the centrepiece of Canada's first national park (and the world's third.) We will also stroll down to the warm marshes below the springs, easily accessible along a boardwalk, to see birds and tropical fish.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take an excursion up Sulphur Mountain in a four-passenger, glass-enclosed gondola (weather permitting). This activity will reinforce what you have learned during this morning's presentation. Please note: you will experience elevations above 10,000 feet. Along the way, you will have a 360-degree view of the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies.
 Afternoon: Discover the history of the town of Banff, located within Canada's First National Park. Banff lies in a mountain-rimmed valley carved by the Bow River. In 1930, the Rocky Mountain Parks Reserve was renamed Banff National Park, Canada's first nature reserve, to encompass 2,564 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. Visit the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and below the hotel, Bow Falls. The spectacular falls is fed upstream by the Bow Glacier which in turn feeds the Bow River. An easy stroll along the Bow Falls Trail gets you up close to the rapids and roaring water falls.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Lake Louise/Yoho National Park/Emerald Lake
(Thursday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover the geological highlights of the Rockies and Lake Louise with Ben Gadd, renowned naturalist and author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in a picturesque mountain setting.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a trail walk at Emerald Lake. Emerald Lake is another jewel of the Canadian Rockies, and is one of the few lakes with a trail all the way around it. Thanks to its position of the west side of the Great Divide in Yoho National Park, a 360 degree tour of Emerald yields up four very different environments: a huge avalanche path, the normal forest, a dry and dramatic alluvial fan and the towering trees of the coastal rainforest.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Whyte Museum/Free Afternoon in Banff/Farewell Dinner
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Whyte Museum and Heritage Homes of Banff. Step into the 1931 home of artists and Museum founders Peter and Catharine (Robb) Whyte, whose home illuminates their simple yet classic mountain style. Then journey back a generation to soak in the rustic elegance enjoyed by collectors Phillip and Pearl (Brewster) Moore in their 1907 home. This field trip provides an intimate look at both homes and the intriguing people who lived in them. In addition, visit to the galleries and exhibits in the Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Banff independently. Options will be provided.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Banff.
   
Accommodations: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer to Calgary/Program Concludes/ Departures
(Saturday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Group coach transfer to Calgary airport after breakfast. Approximate arrival at airport is 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Museum
The Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs. For additional information, visit www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/index.htm
  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 www.canadianrockies.net/hotpools.html
  Banff Park Museum
The Banff Park Museum is a national historic site because the museum's original exhibit collection reflect and commemorate an early approach to the interpretation of natural history in Canada. Also, the architectural style and detailing of the 1903 log building are characteristic examples of early federal buildings in the Park. The museum displays an extensive collection of natural history specimens (more than 5,000) which are characteristic of early museum practices. The emphasis is on changes in attitudes toward natural resource management. Although the building, the collection, and the grounds have been modified over time in response to the demands of the day, the developments and treatments are "in keeping" with the historical significance of the building and collections themselves. For additional information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/banff/natcul.aspx
  Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Lake Minnewanka (home of the 'Banff Crasher Squirrel') lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park, just a short 15 minute drive from the townsite of Banff. Banff Lake Cruise provides a unique sightseeing tour experience on one of two 43 passenger Lake Cruisers or the 65 passenger Alberta Explorer operating several times daily from mid-May to mid-October. This magnificent interpretive lake cruise of Minnewanka and the scenic Canadian Rockies is 1 hour and provides unique photo opportunities unavailable elsewhere. Our experienced crew will guide you through this rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. The narration is intriguing, entertaining and informative. You will learn about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit these mountains, the early explorers who named them and the tremendous forces that created them. The Lake Minnewanka valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies For additional information, visit http://www.explorerockies.com/minnewanka/
  The Banff Centre
A globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution and conference facility, The Banff Centre is a leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts, sciences, business, and the environment. It is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. Over 8,000* artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides them with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible. For additional information, visit www.banffcentre.ca/
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


The Rockies, A Natural History


Author: Richard Cannings


Description: This engaging, illustrated guide to the geology, history, habitats, wildlife and climate of the Rockies is geared for naturalist-travelers and includes hundreds of color photographs.



The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman


Description: A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region.



Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest


Author: Katharine Berry Judson


Description: Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, the salmon and noted geographical features of the territory.



How to Be a Canadian, Even If You Already Are One


Author: Ian Ferguson, Will Ferguson


Description: A tongue-in-cheek portrait of Canadian people and society, written by two native sons. Not entirely (but mostly) in jest, the book is an insightful look at the Canadian national character.



Canadian Rockies Panorama


Author: Steven Flagler


Description: A souvenir collection of full-color photographs of the Canadian Rockies, including Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff. The horizontal format is perfect for showing off the stunning photography.



A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.





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