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Wyoming/Montana/Alberta

The Best of the Grand Tetons to Banff: Iconic National Parks

Program No. 20524RJ
Explore six national parks — Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton, Banff and Jasper — and discover unique waypoints like Old Faithful, Many Glacier, Lake Louise and much more!

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At a Glance

Prepare yourself for an adventure of monumental proportions — a journey through six national parks in Wyoming, Montana and Alberta Canada. The Rocky Mountain colossus must be seen to be appreciated, and your journey will take you to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton, Banff and Jasper national parks. Experience famous waypoints like Jackson Hole, Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs and Lake Louise as you learn about the geology, history, flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile daily. Standing for up to three hours. Elevations up to 8,041 feet.

What You'll Learn

  • Visit the massive Columbia Icefield and venture by snowcoach onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.
  • Experience the Crown of the Continent via the Going-to-the-Sun Road as we traverse Logan Pass aboard Red Jammers in magnificent Glacier National Park.
  • Discover Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and witness an aboriginal hunting practice that was used by native people of the North American plains for almost 6,000 years.

General Notes

Transit days include one six-hour and two three-hour drives. Field trips and transit days include stops along the way, and motorcoach is equipped with a lavatory.
Featured Expert
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Cynthia Blankenship
Cynthia Blankenship fell in love with Earth science in 9th grade and never looked back. She is a geologist, outdoor enthusiast, and award-winning speaker. After two degrees in geology from Duke and Rice Universities, and 30 years in the energy industry, she is pursuing her next career passion: to make the geology of Jackson Hole understandable and fascinating for all. Through innovative displays and clear explanations, Cynthia will delight with a heightened understanding of the powerful forces that created this magical place.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tim Raben grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, and graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of South Dakota. He has a M.A. degree in liberal arts from North Central College in Illinois. Tim and his wife, Karen, saw much of the country during his career in insurance and as business consultants. Tim is the board chair of the Badlands National Park Conservancy and past chair of the Journey Museum and Mount Rushmore Society.
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Jack Gladstone is a storysmith and troubadour from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he produces programs on indigenous history and tradition. Jack has released 15 critically-acclaimed CDs, and garnered the prestigious Best Historical Recording from the Native American Music Association. A former college instructor and Smithsonian scholar, Jack has opened shows for Rita Coolidge, Garrison Keillor and Bonnie Raitt.
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Morag Mottram was born in Scotland and immigrated with her parents to Toronto in 1964. She and her husband moved to Canmore in 2004. While managing the Banff Springs Hotel fitness facility, Morag started leading hikes and ran nature-based programs for various groups visiting the area. She is a past president of the board of directors of the Interpretive Guides Association. Morag plays the oboe and English horn in several ensembles in Calgary; she also enjoys traveling, cycling, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, sewing, cooking, and reading.
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Tim Raben grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota and North Central College in Illinois. Tim and his wife Karen saw much of the country during his career in insurance. Following his career, Tim and Karen were business consultants in the Chicago area until 2004 when they retired back to Rapid City. Tim has always enjoyed culture, history, travel, and people. Tim loves running and achieved a lifetime goal by completing the Boston Marathon.
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Cynthia Blankenship fell in love with Earth science in 9th grade and never looked back. She is a geologist, outdoor enthusiast, and award-winning speaker. After two degrees in geology from Duke and Rice Universities, and 30 years in the energy industry, she is pursuing her next career passion: to make the geology of Jackson Hole understandable and fascinating for all. Through innovative displays and clear explanations, Cynthia will delight with a heightened understanding of the powerful forces that created this magical place.
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Nikki Heim has been working in the field of natural resource sciences for over 15 years throughout western Canada and the northwestern United States. She held roles in terrestrial wildlife ecology, focusing on understanding population dynamics of medium to large sized carnivores and promoting wildlife co-existence, gaining a foundation in landscape ecology and wildlife management. In her free time, you can find her in the woods playing with her pup Koda, hiking, skiing, climbing, or enjoying improving her skills in nature photography.
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Natallia Fodemski began her career as a group leader in 2009. She started a small business, and led private and group outings including hikes and adventures all over Colorado State, gradually adding other states. In 2019, she graduated from International Guide Academy in Denver with a Certificate of International Tour Director and Guide. She also has years of experience working as a program coordinator at the Center for Creative Leadership and at Colorado College Fine Art Museum.
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Ida Marie Snorteland graduated with a degree in home economics from the University of South Dakota. Ida worked for the Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State University as an area home economist headquartered in Pierre, and ended her career in Lawrence County as an extension educator in family and consumer sciences. Immediately after retiring, she led the Spearfish Tobacco Free Coalition for almost two years and worked as a Medicare educator. In her free time, she likes to read, sew, and quilt.
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Judy Uwiera and her business partner opened CalgaryWalks & Bus Tours in 2014 and offers walking and bus outings year-round. She grew up in Calgary and has always had an interest in learning the history of the city she calls home. Her extensive background as a stage manager, trainer, and event planner, along with her interest in travel, history, and storytelling, assists in providing an entertaining trip full of stimulating facts and stories of Calgary.
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