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Waterton Lakes National Park: Festival Weeks

Program Number: 13770RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 9/17/2015 - 9/22/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Waterton, Alberta
Price starting at: $1,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

From bear grass and rare orchids to migrating birds and bugling elk nature is on full display at the annual Waterton Wildflower and Wildlife Festivals. Spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park spans diverse habitats from prairies to forests and mountains; it is home to an amazing variety of wildflowers — 50 of Canada’s rarest species — and an impressive array of wildlife! There is no better way to experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site.




Highlights

• Explore and experience the fascinating and unique natural history of a landscape “where the prairies meet the mountains”
• See and learn about the wildflowers and wildlife, and the intimate connection between them and the diverse ecosystems they thrive in
• Meet and learn from scientists, naturalists, photographers and artists, all experts in their fields and passionate about this “the ‘Crown of the Continent”
• Discover how the unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources found in this World Heritage Site are being protected.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles per day over uneven terrain; elevations of 3,000-5,500 feet.



Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.




Date Specific Information

6-21-2015

Over the summer solstice at the crown of the continent, participate in the Waterton Wildflower Festival. A pot-pouri of workshops and field studies will engage outdoor enthusiasts in the Wildflower Capital of Canada.



9-17-2015

Immerse yourself in one of North America`s most spectacular national parks during the Waterton Wildlife Weekend. Participate in hikes, talks or workshops with naturalists to learn about the wildlife in Waterton Lakes National Park.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Calgary, Alberta, transfer to Waterton Lakes National Park, 5 nights; transfer to Calgary, independent departure.




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
Motel centrally located in Waterton, near Waterton Lakes marina and walking trails.

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

A native of Waterton, Holly Fausett’s family roots go back to some of the first cottage owners in the region. She is a licensed educational excursion leader and expert on the wildflowers and wildlife of Waterton National Park. Holly's past careers honed skills of organization and service.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Bear Mountain Motel
  Waterton, AB 5 nights
 Bear Mountain Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: Located within the Waterton town site, the Bear Mountain Motel offers easy walking access to the marina, restaurants, shops, beach paths and scenic attractions. The property is a 60's style motel with drive-up parking and the rooms are small by today's standards. Patio chairs outside the door. Marvelous landscape surrounds the motel and the lake is just across the street.
  Contact info: 208 Mountain View Road
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton, AB T0K 2M0 Canada
phone: 403-859-2366
web: www.bearmountainmotel.com
  Room amenities: Simple, clean, affordable rooms with the basic amenities and really good beds. All rooms on ground floor. There are no phones in the rooms. Waterton does have cell phone service and a pay phone is located on the property. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. but if you arrive early, check with the motel as you may be able to get into your room right away.
  Facility amenities: The Waterton community is serviced with High Speed Internet. It is not very high speed and service can be spotty but, it is free for our guests! Lots of free parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel directly. Pre-and post-program stays based on availability - please contact hotel for advance reservations prior to arrival. Bear Mountain Motel - 403-859-2366
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel directly. Pre-and post-program stays based on availability - please contact hotel for advance reservations prior to arrival. Bear Mountain Motel - 403-859-2366
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The shuttle from Calgary will arrive in Waterton approximately 5:30 p.m. Check-in is 3:00 pm. for those arriving independently. You will be staying at Bear Mountain Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast. Shuttle leaves Waterton approximately 8:00 a.m. and arrives Calgary around 12:00 noon. Check-out is 11:00 am. for those departing independently. You will be staying at Bear Mountain Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. BREAKFAST PREFERENCE FORM: Please complete the attached Breakfast Preference Form and return to Holly at: hollyfausett@gmail.com or by mail to: P.O. Box 73, 108 Mount View Road, Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada T0K 2M0
  Parking availability:
Parking is available free of charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Waterton, AB
  Nearest highway: Highway 3
  Nearest airport:  Calgary International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Waterton, AB
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Calgary

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Included in program cost
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free of charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 - 4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

175 miles/283 kms

   

A shuttle to/from Calgary airport is included in the program cost. This shuttle will depart Calgary airport approximately 2:00 p.m. and arrive Waterton 5:30 p.m.

 

Calgary

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Shuttle Express Ltd. (Calgary)
phone: 403-509-1570
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 - 4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

175 miles/283 kms

   

If the schedule for the free shuttle leaving the Calgary airport at 2:00 p.m. does not work with your plans, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to Waterton. Contact the shuttle service directly at 403-509-1570 or visit www.airportshuttleexpress.com

 

Montana

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 3 hours 

   

Participants may want to fly into Great Falls/Kalispell, Montana, then rent a car and drive to and from Waterton.

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Included in program cost.

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free of charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 - 4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

175 miles/283 kms

   

A shuttle from Waterton to Calgary airport on the final day of the program is included in the program cost. This shuttle will leave Waterton at approximately 8:00 a.m. with an approximate arrival in Calgary of 12:00 noon.

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Shuttle Express Ltd. (Calgary)
phone: 403-509-1570
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 - 4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

175 miles/283 kms

   

If the schedule for the free shuttle leaving Waterton at 8:00 a.m. does not work with your plans, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to Calgary. Contact the shuttle service directly at 403-509-1570 or visit www.airportshuttleexpress.com for current schedule and rates.

 
Driving Directions
  Calgary International Airport IMPORTANT NOTE IF YOU ARE DRIVING TO THE PROGRAM If you plan to drive to the program you will need a Parks Pass to enter Waterton Lakes National Park. The pass is included in the program cost. If you are arriving by car, we can send you the pass by mail, please contact the coordinator at least 3 weeks in advance if you are driving to the program. Depart Calgary via Hwy #2 South (Deerfoot Trail). Continue south to Junction #3 at Fort MacLeod. Follow Hwy#3 west to Pincher Creek, take Hwy #6 south to Waterton Lakes National Park. Hotel is at 208 Mountain View Road in the Village of Waterton.
Elevation Note: Program travels from grassland elevations of 3,000 feet to mountain elevations of up to 5,500 feet.

Equipment Requirements: No special equipment required.
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: Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation/Waterton Townsite Walk
(Sunday, June 21)

Note: There is no additional charge for the workshops. RS participants are given advance selection prior to general schedule publication and may select as many workshops as desired during the scheduled program time frame. By signing up in advance, participants will be given first choice of program selection; later selection will be based on program availability). The Festival Schedule is included in this package. DO NOT REGISTER ON-LINE. SEND WORKSHOP SELECTIONS BY EMAIL TO: hollyfausett@gmail.com



   
 Arrive To: Arrivals to Waterton in the afternoon; check-in after 3:00 p.m. For those taking the shuttle from Calgary, the shuttle will arrive approximately 5:30 p.m. Group will meet in the lobby to walk to dinner.



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: Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Waterton.
 Evening: We will take a leisurely walk around the Waterton townsite to orient participants. The Waterton Wildflower Festival celebrates Waterton unique abundance of wildflowers. From prairie to alpine meadows, from lilies and orchids to roses, enjoy Waterton's spectacular scenery and learn about its vast array of plants. Visit www.WatertonWildflowers.com for more information This is the time to sign up for any additional workshops (based on availability).
   
Accommodations: Bear Mountain Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Wildflower Courses/Free Evening
(Monday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: We will be serving a continental breakfast at the motel to enable participants to make early class start times. Please complete the included form so that we may provide your preferred breakfast items.
 Morning: Select from a range of festival courses and outings to meet your personal interest. Check the website at www.waterton wildflowers.com for a complete listing of courses that include: plant identification, guided field identification walks, close-up photography, wildflower and landscape photography, wildflower art, prairie flowers, orchids, mountain flowers, and more!
 Lunch: At a restaurant in Waterton.
 Afternoon: You choose from the Festival program - learn about wildflower identification or broader plant communities. Free time optional.
 Dinner: At a restaurant in Waterton
 Evening: Relax, take in an evening presentation or explore Waterton and Waterton Lakes National Park. The town of Waterton is located in the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park, an unspoiled gem tucked away in the southern corner of Alberta along the Canada-U.S.A. border. The Canadian side of the park actually combines with Montana's Glacier National Park, creating an international peace park. Some of the parks most visited sites include Cameron Falls and Red Rock Canyon, with both serving as compelling backdrops for wildlife viewing, nature photography and hiking.
   
Accommodations: Bear Mountain Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Wildflower Courses/Evening Group Activity
(Tuesday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the motel.
 Morning: Select the activities of your preference from www.watertonwildflowers.com Learn about the historic use of the local plants and flowers or about the abundance of flowers growing on the prairie landscape. Free time optional.
 Lunch: "Lunch with Lyndon Penner". Enjoy a group lunch and presentation at a restaurant in Waterton.
 Afternoon: Select the activity of your preference from www.WatertonWildflowers.com Explore the flowers & landscape from horseback or spend the afternoon with an expert photographer. Free time optional.
 Dinner: At a restaurant in Waterton.
 Evening: The group will take part in one of the Wildflower Festival activities.
   
Accommodations: Bear Mountain Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wildflower Course/Free Evening
(Wednesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the motel.
 Morning: Select the activity of your preference from www.WatertonWildflowers.com
 Lunch: At a restaurant in Waterton.
 Afternoon: Select the activity of your preference from www.WatertonWildflowers.com Learn the stories and lore of the wildflowers or investigate those flowers that are easily accessible. Free time optional.
 Dinner: At a restaurant in Waterton.
 Evening: Attend an evening slide show or enjoy some of the local entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Bear Mountain Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Wildflower Courses/Farewell Dinner and Evening Activities
(Thursday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the motel.
 Morning: Select the activity of your preference from www.watertonwildflowers.com Enjoy the shoreline wildflowers and landscape while travelling the length of Waterton Lake or bring your sketch pad and head out with a local artist to sketch the local flora. Free time optional.
 Lunch: At a restaurant in Waterton.
 Afternoon: Select the activity of your preference from www.watertonwildflowers.com Enjoy a country stroll and tea or perfect your wildflower photography. Free time optional.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Waterton.
 Evening: On our last night together we will attend a presentation by renowned artist Maureen Enns: "Wildlife in Wildscapes".
   
Accommodations: Bear Mountain Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes/Shuttle Departs for Calgary
(Friday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: The group will enjoy breakfast at the Prince of Wales Hotel followed by an interpretive presentation.
 Morning: For those taking the shuttle back to Calgary it will depart Waterton approximately 8:00 a.m. to arrive in Calgary around 12:00 noon. Do not schedule flights or other onward travel before 2:00 p.m. For those travelling independently, check-out 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
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


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.



Canmore, Kananaskis, and the Canadian Rockies


Author: Pam Doyle


Description: This photographic "teaser" to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains depicts people at work and play alongside the region’s spectacular wildlife.



Falcon Guide, Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks


Author: Erik Molvar


Description: This guide covers major hikes and trails in both parks, including sketch maps, mile-by-mile descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, elevation charts and descriptions of geographical features and wildlife to be seen en route.



Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks Exploring Map Guide


Author: Falconguide


Description: A full-color, topographic map, layered with information on hiking, biking, camping, fishing, birding, backcountry travel, and more.



Glacier-Waterton, International Peace Park


Author: Vicky Spring, Tom Kirkendall


Description: A comprehensive guide for active travelers to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. It details the best hikes and bike rides, along with other adventure activities, and is full of helpful sketch maps.



Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Parks Map


Author: Trails Illustrated


Description: A detailed topographic map of Glacier and Waterton national Parks



Insiders' Guide to Glacier National Park, Including the Flathead Valley and Waterton Lakes National Park


Author: Susan Olin


Description: A practical, comprehensive guide for travelers, including recommendations on outdoor recreation as well as historical, natural and cultural information. Sixth edition.



National Geographic Pocket Guide to Wildflowers of North America


Author: Catherine Herbert Howell


Description: This pocket guide lists key facts about 160 of the most common wildflowers and weeds in North America, with a color photograph and illustration of each. Good for all ages but ideal for beginners.



Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho


Author: Wayne Phillips


Description: Compiled by a former forest service ecologist and botany teacher at Yellowstone Institute, this handy guide features 300 species, expertly photographed, explained and organized by color and family for quick identification.



Reading The Rocks, A Biography of Ancient Alberts


Author: Monique Keiran


Description: Scientists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology and natural history writer Keiran worked together to bring about this vividly detailed account of Alberta’s rich geological history, beginning with the Big Bang and traveling into the modern era. Includes over 200 full-color photographs and 45 maps, timelines and line drawings.



Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference


Author: Daniel Mathews


Description: A comprehensive field guide and handbook covering the plants, animals, insects, geology and history of the region. With 480 color photographs and 11 line drawings.



Rocky Mountain Nature Guide


Author: Andy Bezener


Description: This guide includes information on mammals, fish, birds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects and reptiles from the entire span of the Rockies - Alaska to New Mexico. Featuring over 300 exact full-color illustrations.



Rocky Mountain Trees & Wildflowers


Author: Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh


Description: A laminated, fold-out guide to almost 150 of the conspicuous plants of the Rocky Mountains.



Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains


Author: James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)


Description: An essential pocket guide to tracks, scats and signs of not just the mammals of the region, but also of the reptiles, amphibians and birds. Each of 70 species gets a double-page spread, with line drawings of the animal, scat and track, range map and description.



Spectacular Canada


Author: Gerald Bryan Hall


Description: Featuring 177 color photographs showcasing the diversity and grandeur of our neighbor to the north.



Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies


Author: Sid Marty


Description: A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy.



The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook


Author: Susan Ewing


Description: Ewing's family-friendly guide, with black-and-white drawings throughout, answers the curiosity of engaged visitors about the plants, animals and natural features of the Rockies.



Wildflower Wonders


Author: Bob Gibbons


Description: A naturalist and tour leader, Gibbons covers when and where to witness impressive displays of wildflowers in this beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of 50 sites. His vote for the most flowery place in the world: the kaleidoscopic grasslands of Mount Rainier.





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