You are welcome to book a transfer and take the shuttle service from airport to hotel ($35 per person). Shuttles will depart Great Falls Airport at 3 PM. Hotel check in from 4:00 p.m. Please note, the schedule is subject to change due to weather and other circumstances that may arise during the program.
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Begins at 4:00PM at the lovely historic Grand Union Hotel. Program Check-in: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to check-in with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in at the hotel. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader, Keith Edgerton, will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We will also meet our outfitter and the guides who will be joining us on the river, who will go over what to expect on the river over the next six days, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. We will canoe between 15-20 miles each day, depending on the distance necessary to reach our camp site. We will participate in setting up and breaking down camp at each stop along our river journey. Before dinner each evening, we’ll have a “happy hour” with appetizers and drinks (wine or beer). Camp meals will be prepared by an experienced gourmet chef, and will typically include a variety of delectable items with a focus on local fare. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
In a meeting room at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a delightful welcome dinner with plated meals including entrée, salad, side dish, vegetables, dessert, and beverage options of lemonade, soda, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Our expert Group Leader, Dr. Keith Edgerton, a Professor of History from Montana State University-Billings who earned his Ph.D. at Washington State University, will orient us to our upcoming adventure with a regional and historical overview. Continue getting to know your fellow adventurers on the hotel patio, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.