Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile; over 3.5 hours on pavement and boardwalks; slippery terrain with snow or ice. Dress warmly in layers.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel includes hot & cold items; juice, milk, coffee, tea.
We transfer by coach to Cave and Basin National Historic Site where we will join a local expert to learn about the fascinating story and geology of the Canadian Rockies. Then explore Banff's natural heritage and share a discovery that changed the course of history at Cave and Basin. In 1883, hot springs were discovered by CPR railway workers, and the notion to protect natural and cultural treasures in Canada was born shortly thereafter. Stand in the dramatic spot that started it all. Watch plumes of billowing, sulphurous steam coming from the cave’s vent hole. Dip your hands in silky thermal waters that once attracted thousands of hot springs bathers. See colourful lights shimmering in an underground Cave. Marvel from raised boardwalks at breathtaking Bow Valley.
Lunch at a local restaurant will be a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase. Transfer by coach to the Whyte Museum.
Step into the 1931 home of artists and Whyte 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 Whyte Museum including the Gateway to the Rockies exhibit and learn how these mountains were opened up to all. Who were the guides in this unforgiving landscape? Who protected it? Many people have been drawn to these peaks, come discover their stories. The Museum also has exceptional collections documenting the Stoney First Nation. Its art collection contains close to 4,000 works relating to the visual arts of the Canadian Rockies, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, prints, mixed media works and objects of fine craft. Transfer by coach back to the hotel.
Dinner at a local restaurant will be a plated meal with starter, entrée and dessert; coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
An expert from the Whyte Museum will introduce you to the "Women of the Rockies". This presentation will introduce you to historical and current figures that have shaped our mountain culture landscape. Discover the women whose lives are a part of a legacy of backcountry travel, ranching, climbing, scientific research, writing, drama and art.