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Wyoming/Montana/Alberta

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

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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Program No. 20524RJ
Length
12 days
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4,699
Wyoming/Montana/Alberta

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

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!
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,699
Program No. 20524 RJ
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Jul 20 - Jul 31, 2021
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Jul 27 - Aug 7, 2021
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Aug 3 - Aug 14, 2021
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Aug 10 - Aug 21, 2021
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Aug 24 - Sep 4, 2021
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Aug 31 - Sep 11, 2021
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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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the massive Columbia Icefield and venture by Snow Coach 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 Buses in magnificent Glacier National Park.
  • Discover Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and bear witness to 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 coach is equipped with lavatory.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Rocky Mountains; Smithsonian Natural Histotry Series
by Scott Elias
The Rocky Mountains are one of the Earth's most spectacular geological features, containing vast stretches that remain wild and untamed. Hikers on mountain trails often see the wilderness just as Lewis and Clark saw it almost 200 years ago. The diversity of life found along the Rockies' 2,000-mile range is so varied that the mountains are divided into three regions: the Northern, Central, and Southern Rocky Mountains. Scott A. Elias discusses the unique features of each region in his comprehensive natural history of "the backbone of the continent." Elias examines the physical environment of each of the three regions, looking at geology, important land forms, climatology, soils, water resources, and paleontology. Equally detailed chapters examine botany, invertebrate zoology, native fishes of the plains and mountains, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Elias also includes a history of the native peoples and a synthesis of activities since the Spanish colonial period in the Southern Rockies. Conservation topics are woven throughout the book and the final pages examine the problems of overuse and overcrowding in national and state parks. Elias offers recommendations to alleviate these problems and stresses that the Rockies are a national treasure and should be treated as such.
Crown of the Continent
by Ralph Waldt
A professional naturalist's incredible, personal portrait of America's largest and most pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states: the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem in Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia. This vast area includes two national parks in two countries (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes in Canada), three designated wilderness areas including the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness. This book describes the area's geology, wildlife, plant life, and crucial environmental issues with over 150 stunning photographs.
Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone
by George Black
Empire of Shadows is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the nineteenth century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and Gen. Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. George Blacks Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of Americas majestic national landmark.
Wildflowers of Glacier National Park
by Shannon Fitzpatrick Kimball and Peter Lesica
Wildflowers of Glacier National park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly 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. The index lists plants both by their common and scientific names.
Wildflowers of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
by Richard Shaw
The purpose of this paperback book is to picture and describe the beautiful wildflowers of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as the other areas included in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind
by Gary Ferguson
For most of 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.
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12 days
11 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole
D
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Hotel Check-in available from 3:00 p.m. The elevation of the hotel is 6,237 feet. Walking four city blocks, total round trip for dinner.

Afternoon: Collect your welcome packet from the front desk of the hotel upon check-in. It will contain an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes and other important information. Program Registration: 4:00-4:45 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the hotel meeting room and meet your Group Leader, complete paperwork, and make future meal selections. Please wear your Road Scholar name tag that you received in the mail. If you have not received your name tag one month prior to your program, call Road Scholar at 1-800-454-5768. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. During the program, we will travel by motor coach and once on historic Red Buses in Glacier. Restrooms are available at most stops and aboard the motor coach. "America the Beautiful" passes cover entrance fees at U.S. National Parks for up to 4 adults. If you have one of these national park passes, please bring it with you to the program and on our field trips. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. We will alert you as quickly as possible of changes. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: We'll walk a short distance to a local restaurant for dinner this evening where we'll enjoy a catered buffet with choice of entrée, fresh garden salad, homemade French baguettes, and dessert. Iced tea, lemonade, water or coffee included; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy the meal and get to know your fellow travelers.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s sleep for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Tetons, Museum Wildlife Art, Evening Presentation
Jackson Hole
B,L,D
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Minimal coach time spent in intervals between destinations. Our step-on guide will provide knowledge of the area both on the coach and at each of our stops.

Breakfast: At the hotel. The breakfast buffet features selections including handmade waffles, biscuits with sausage gravy, ham and cheese stuffed croissants, slow-cooked steel cut oatmeal with fresh toppings (brown sugar, raisins, craisins and chopped walnuts), seasonal fruit, yogurt with fruit toppings, locally made granola, assortment of cereals, toast, English muffins, pastries, and an assortment of juices, milk, coffee, hot tea, and water.

Morning: With six different summits topping 12,000 feet, the Tetons are a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. We'll begin our week of adventure learning with an all day expert-led field trip through Grand Teton National Park. We'll learn about the makeup of the Tetons and all of it's magnificent ecosystems. Along the way we'll utilize a large relief model of the park that uses technology to demonstrate glacial movement and animal migration. Snuggled against the base of the Tetons lies String Lake, a serene and beautiful place to view mountain peaks reflecting in its glass-like waters, surrounded by towering forests of pine and alder.

Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected lunch entrée with sides, and dessert at the historic Signal Mountain Lodge - on the shore of Jackson Lake. Coffee, iced tea, lemonade, soda or water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Congressionally recognized, the National Museum of Wildlife Art focuses on wildlife and nature. This museum is unique among American art museums. The NMWA was founded to enrich and inspire international appreciation and knowledge of fine art. At-your-own-pace discover a collection of over 5,000 catalogued works of art. Situated on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Jackson National Elk Refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art appears to emerge from the earth like a natural outcropping of rock. The Museum's location provides a rare opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as does the artwork that pays tribute to it.

Dinner: We'll walk a short distance to a local restaurant for dinner this evening where we'll enjoy enjoy a pre-selected entrée with salad, sides, and dessert. Iced tea, lemonade, water or coffee included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Tonight we'll be joined once more by our local expert as they present on the fascinating ecology and history of this majestic area.

DAY
3
Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park
Canyon Village
B,L,D
Canyon Village Lodge

Activity note: Coach time from Jackson, WY to our lunch destination in Yellowstone National Park is approximately two hours. There will be stops along the way to check-in at Canyon Village that afternoon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: On our way north to Yellowstone with our Group Leader, we'll stop at the historic Jackson Lake Lodge. Built on a grand scale this 1950's lodge has sixty-foot-high windows that frame the Teton range. As we begin our Yellowstone National Park exploration we'll first stop at the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Hydrothermal features are fragile rarities of nature. Yellowstone National Park preserves the largest collection of hydrothermal features on the planet. You'll have an unparalleled opportunity to view hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles in a natural setting. Twin Geysers, the Abyss Pool, Black Pool, Lakeshore Geyser and Thumb Paint Pots are just a few of the amazing features you'll discover in the West Thumb caldera.

Lunch: Stopping for a picnic inside Yellowstone National Park, enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch, sides and beverage included.

Afternoon: Keep your eyes sharpened on the grass prairies of Hayden Valley on our way to Canyon Village. Hayden Valley is a hot spot for four legged wild and wooly wildlife. At the north end of Hayden Valley you'll discover the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The canyon formed after a huge volcanic eruption and subsequent lava flow. The soft rock was easily eroded by the Yellowstone River creating one of the most magical views in Yellowstone - the Lower Falls from Artist Point. Framed by the canyon walls the Yellowstone River thunders more than 308 ft over Lower Falls, creating a dynamic focal point. The canyon is also home to birds of prey such as bald eagles and osprey. Later this afternoon, we'll get checked into Canyon Village.

Dinner: Enjoy a cafeteria-style dinner at Canyon Village in Yellowstone, beverage included.

Evening: After dinner you're encouraged to visit the Canyon Village Educational Center on a self exploration. A room-size relief map illustrates Yellowstone's volcanic activity, and a variety of interactive exhibits describe the formation of geysers, hot springs and other geologic features here and around the world. A giant lava lamp demonstrates how magma rises with heat convection. Murals, dioramas and panoramas show how glaciers and volcanic eruptions have shaped the landscape.

DAY
4
Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Geyser
Canyon Village
B,L,D
Canyon Village Lodge

Activity note: Our day will consist of exploring Yellowstone National Park with intervals of time spent on the coach between destinations. Opportunities to step out and explore stops on boardwalks and paths will be complimented with the knowledge of our step-on guide throughout the day.

Breakfast: Enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast at Canyon Village in Yellowstone, beverage included.

Morning: Led by a Yellowstone National Park expert, explore some of the rare and fragile hydrothermal formations. For some, Old Faithful is the heart of Yellowstone. Old Faithful Geyser is neither the tallest nor the most frequently erupting geyser in Yellowstone, but it always provides a great show and is both highly accessible and predictable. Experience this textbook example of geyser activity along with the numerous other geysers surrounding Old Faithful with our expert guide.

Lunch: Enjoy a cafeteria-style lunch at Old Faithful, beverage included.

Afternoon: We'll continue our expert guided discovery of Yellowstone and its rare and fragile ecosystems.

Dinner: Enjoy a cafeteria-style dinner at Canyon Village in Yellowstone, beverage included.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants or explore more of the beauty of Yellowstone as you take a stroll around Canyon Village. Afterwards, be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Mammoth Hot Springs, Travel to Helena Montana
Helena
B,L,D
Delta Hotels by Marriott Helena Colonial

Activity note: We will be checking out of Canyon Village this morning and departing to Mammoth Hot Springs. We will be stopping here for lunch before departing Yellowstone National Park. Following lunch, we will travel to Helena, MT. The time spent in the coach will be approximately 3.5 hours. Along the way there will be opportunities to stop for restroom breaks and to stretch our legs.

Breakfast: Enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast at Canyon Village in Yellowstone, beverage included.

Morning: This morning we'll continue our exploration of Yellowstone with our Group Leader as we depart by coach to Mammoth Hot Springs. Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine. Deposits of calcium carbonate create the unique appearance of a snow terraced landscape. Boardwalks will get you up close and personal with these amazing formations. Mammoth also serves as the Park headquarters and radiates a unique history of its own. It features some of the oldest buildings in the Park, including structures from the days when the U.S. Army managed Yellowstone.

Lunch: At Mammoth Hot Spring Dinning Room enjoy a menu plated lunch, beverage included.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll make our way to Montana's capital city, Helena where we'll check into our hotel. Helena will be a one-night stop along the way to our Glacier National Park destination.

Dinner: This evening, enjoy a plated pre-selected dinner at the hotel, beverage included.

Evening: Following dinner, we will prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning to Glacier National Park.

DAY
6
Glacier Park Lodge, Afternoon Presentation, Many Glacier
Many Glacier
B,L,D
Many Glacier Hotel

Activity note: After checking out in Helena, MT we will travel towards Glacier National Park. This morning will consist of approximately 3 hours in the coach before we reach our first destination of Glacier Park Lodge. There will be restroom stops and time to stretch your legs along the way. Here we will have lunch and a Presentation from a local expert at the historic lodge before continuing in the coach another approximate 1.5 hours north to Many Glacier Hotel.

Breakfast: Before departing for Glacier National Park enjoy a breakfast buffet of French toast, choice of bacon, ham or sausage, scrambled eggs, seasonal fresh fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: After checking out in Helena, we'll travel North West by coach with our Group Leader to Glacier National Park with restroom stops and time to stretch your legs along the way.

Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich, sides, piece of fruit and bottle of water.

Afternoon: This afternoon take the opportunity to stroll through the original Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier on a self exploration. 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. Following a picnic lunch, we will have an opportunity to learn more about Glacier National Park from a local expert. 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: 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. Iced tea, soda, water or coffee included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Many Glacier is a spectacular site set in one of the most scenic National Parks. It boasts amazing views, a plethora of wildlife and a relaxing atmosphere to help you wind down after a day of travel.

DAY
7
Explore Glacier National Park via the Going-to-the-Sun Road
Many Glacier
B,L,D
Many Glacier Hotel

Activity note: Top elevation of 6,647' today as we travel by way of the famous Red Buses. As we traverse the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and back, there will be opportunities to get out and stretch your legs as well as visit the Logan Pass Visitor Center. The Red Bus journey will last approximately 4 hours. There will be opportunities for restroom breaks along the way.

Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dinning room, beverage included.

Morning: Free time. This morning take the opportunity to relax on the deck at Many Glacier looking over the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. Your Group Leader will be happy to give you suggestions of activities for the morning, as there are several surrounding the historic hotel.

Lunch: Menu select at the hotel, beverage included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll explore Glacier by way of the famous Red Buses along with expert drivers who offer narrative along the way. Glacier National Park, named for the glaciers that carved it, is the undisputed "Crown of the Continent." Here, over one million wild acres crown the Continental Divide, a place where lush green parklands meet up with towering jagged peaks sporting some of the world's oldest rock. Glacier National Park is a rugged country with a rare ecosystem of indigenous wildlife from bear grass to grizzly bears. We'll begin our exploration of Glacier with a trip to Logan Pass via the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. 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 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'.

Dinner: Menu select at the hotel, beverage included.

Evening: At leisure. Feel free to roam around Swiftcurrent Lake or sit and relax along its scenic shores. Afterwards, be sure to prepare for check-out, transfer, and border crossing into Canada in the morning.

DAY
8
Travel to Waterton, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canmore
Canmore, AB
B,L,D
Coast Canmore Hotel

Activity note: Have your passports accessible for the US/Canadian border crossing. After checking out of Many Glacier, coach time is approximately 1.25 hours to Waterton. Following our stop at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel, we will travel to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, coach time approximately 1.25 hours. Here there will be periods of standing and walking, with opportunities to sit as we explore this center. After departing to Canmore, coach time is approximately 3 hours with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Menu select at the hotel, beverage included.

Morning: After checking out of Many Glacier Hotel, we'll depart by coach with the Group Leader to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada; be sure to have your passports accessible for the US/Canadian border crossing. Although active glaciers vacated Waterton's borders years ago, the results of ice gnawing on its landscape left lake pockets strewn through the park, one of these lakes being Upper Waterton Lake, the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies. While in Waterton we'll visit the historic Prince of Wales Hotel. Designated a Canadian National Historic Site, the 122-foot-tall, four-story hotel took more than a year to build. Constructed by the Great Northern Railway its massive lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows frame Waterton Lake. Next, we’ll visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which bears witness to an aboriginal hunting practice that was used by native people of the North American plains for almost 6,000 years. We'll stop at this unique site and learn from museum staff about this essential piece of history.

Lunch: En route aboard the motor coach, we’ll have our fresh, pre-selected sack lunches with sandwiches or wraps, sides and bottle of water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll arrive at the gateway to Banff National Park in Canmore and check into the hotel. This area is the crown jewel in Canada's National Park system with its dense coniferous forest and alpine landscapes.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated pre-selected dinner with entrée, sides, dessert and beverage in Canmore.

Evening: At leisure. Feel free to get settled into your room or roam around the quaint town of Canmore.

DAY
9
Banff, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Free Time, Presentation
Canmore, AB
B,D
Coast Canmore Hotel

Activity note: This morning we travel by motor coach approximately 30 minutes into Banff to the Whyte Museum. Here we will self-tour the museum, with opportunities to sit. Motor coach to our next few stops, all under 10 minutes away. Elevation of 8,041' as we take the Gondola up Sulphur Mountain. Following your Free Afternoon in Banff, return by motor coach to hotel, approximately 30 minutes.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet style breakfast at the restaurant inside the hotel, beverage included.

Morning: This morning we'll explore some of Banff's most historic and scenic spots with our Group Leader. Far from the wild peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Catharine Robb and Peter Whyte met at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art in 1927. She was a Boston debutante. He was a member of one of Banff's pioneer families. They married in 1930, and made Banff and the Canadian mountains their home. A studio was built one year later where they would live and paint the grandeur of their beloved mountains. This morning we'll self-tour the Whyte Museum. Next, we'll ride a Gondola up to Sulphur Mountain, elevation of 8,041'. From the observation deck, breathtaking views of Banff, Bow Valley, Cascade Mountain, Lake Minnewanka, and the Fairholme Range await you.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Banff. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The area has several museums and local art galleries to explore.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated pre-selected dinner with entrée, sides, dessert and beverage in Canmore.

Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation from a local wildlife expert and learn what makes this area so unique.

DAY
10
Jasper National Park, Snow Coach Excursion, Lake Louise
Canmore, AB
B,L
Coast Canmore Hotel

Activity note: Today we will travel along the Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park. Coach time approximately 3 hours. Here we will partake in a Snow Coach Excursion. Wear warm clothes and bring a coat as it is often snowing on the glacier. Our excursion is in an enclosed snow coach, with an optional opportunity to get out and safely walk on the surface of the glacier. Afternoon coach time will vary as we depart back towards Canmore with stops along the way including the famous Lake Louise.

Breakfast: A freshly prepared breakfast-to-go from the hotel, to enjoy aboard the coach as we depart early to arrive for our Snow Coach Excursion. Entrée, side, and beverage included.

Morning: Travel north to Jasper National Park for an all day expert-led field trip, beginning with a snow coach excursion onto the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields. The snow coach journey is lead by experienced drivers who will share a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Mid-point tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice.

Lunch: En route during our day of adventure, we’ll have our fresh, pre-selected sack lunches with sandwiches or wraps, sides and bottle of water.

Afternoon: Return trip to Canmore with scenic stops along the way, including a stop at Lake Louise. As you witness the spectacular beauty of Mount Victoria reflecting in the sparkling waters of Lake Louise, you'll understand why this lake is regarded as one of the most tranquil and beautiful lakes in Canada. Overlooking the magnificent scene, Fairmont Château Lake Louise is without a doubt one of the world's most photographed hotels. This afternoon, enjoy a self-exploration of Lake Louise in all of its splendor.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Canmore has numerous restaurants. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your own cost if you like.

Evening: Free evening to explore more of the beautiful town of Canmore. Afterwards, be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
11
Heritage Park Historical Village, Calgary, Farewell Dinner
Calgary
B,L,D
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

Activity note: After departing Canmore we will travel towards Calgary. Coach time is approximately 1 hour. Here we will stop at the Heritage Park Historical Village. We will have lunch and be joined by a local interpretive guide as we get a chance to explore the village, the walk will be approximately 2/3 mile. There will be additional free time available here to further explore your interests. After departing towards our final destination there is approximately 30 minutes spent on the coach.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet style breakfast at the restaurant inside the hotel, beverage included.

Morning: After a leisurely breakfast we'll check out of the hotel in Canmore and depart for Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary. Here you’ll have a chance to get your hands on history as we explore the culture and traditions of the Plains First Nations to the fur traders, missionaries and early settlers. We will get a firsthand look at the traditional challenges that faced these groups as well as a glimpse into early life by way of exploring the Heritage Park Historical Village. Discover how early settlers learned to endure a harsh environment and learn about the cultural exchange that took place that helped them to adapt and survive.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet style lunch at the Heritage Park Historical Village, beverage included.

Afternoon: This afternoon you'll have a chance for self exploration at the Heritage Park Historical Village. Later in the afternoon we'll check into the Sheraton Cavalier - the end destination of our exploration in the Rocky Mountains. Upon our arrival at the hotel, we’ll check-in and have some time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll celebrate 12 days full of adventure and learning with a casual, plated farewell dinner consisting of a pre-selected entrée, sides, and dessert, plus a glass of wine, coffee, iced tea, lemonade, or water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and independent departures in the morning.

DAY
12
Program Concludes
Calgary
B

Activity note: Independent Departures

Breakfast: Menu select in Color's Bistro in the hotel. This concludes our program. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 p.m.

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