20648
Alberta
The World-Famous Calgary Stampede and Banff
Discover a world of cowboys and cowgirls, Canada-style, at the Calgary Stampede, where you’ll learn the nation’s pioneer story and enjoy excursions to parks, canyons and museums.
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Program No. 20648RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Banff, Alberta
D
Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Activity note: Driving about 80 miles over 2 hours. Hotel check-in is after 4pm

Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to Banff in the afternoon. Meet your group leader at the hotel between 4:00 - 5:00 to pick up your program packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk. A transfer will be available from Calgary airport to the hotel in Banff; departing the airport at 3:00 p.m. - this is included in the program. Approximate arrival in Banff is 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel in Banff.

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. If you’d like to go out and explore on your own, the hotel is in beautiful Banff, surrounded by mountains, restaurants, and next door to a Banff ROAM (public transit) stop.

DAY
2
Banff National Park, Cave & Basin, Johnston Canyon
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, on mostly flat terrain with no elevation gain. Scenic canyon trail is approximately 1.5 mi to the waterfall and back.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Join a local expert to learn about the history and geology of the Canadian Rockies. We’ll start with a presentation from our expert about the importance and history of Cave and Basin National Historic Site before we set out to explore the full expanse of the site. The warm waters issuing from Sulphur Mountain were known to aboriginal peoples. These hot springs later became the centrepiece of Canada's first national park (and the world's third.) Stroll down to the warm marshes below the springs, easily accessible along a boardwalk, to see introduced tropical fish and warm-water plants. If you have them, bring your binoculars!

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore Johnston Canyon with your group leader. Johnston Creek has carved down into the limestone on the valley bottom, creating a spectacular and deep canyon in a short period of time. While here, we’ll examine the effects of natural erosion and learn about the area’s flora/fauna on a trail walk.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

DAY
3
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake
Banff, Alberta
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Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Activity note: Trail walk at Emerald Lake is an easy 1 mile over 1.5 hour walk on a flat lakeside trail, no elevation gain. Stops along the way for interpretation. Optional 1.25 mile/2 km trail walk at Lake Louise. Driving a total of 125 miles over 2.5 hours throughout the day via motorcoach

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll experience some of the foremost geological highlights of the Rockies: Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed places in the Rockies. We’ll learn about area geology in trailside discussions with our expert naturalist.

Lunch: Outdoors at Lake Louise (weather permitting), we’ll enjoy our boxed lunches. There will be some time to explore the alpine beauty of the Lake Louise area once we have finished our lunches; optional trail walk.

Afternoon: After lunch we explore Lake Louise, then head for Emerald Lake. Emerald Lake is another jewel of the Canadian Rockies. On a guided trail walk, learn about the interesting plant species found here and the Burgess Shale quarries along Fossil Ridge. Thanks to its position of the west side of the Great Divide in Yoho National Park, Emerald yields up four very different environments: a huge avalanche path, the normal forest, a dry and dramatic alluvial fan and the towering trees of the rainforest.

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

DAY
4
Transfer to Calgary, Glenbow Museum, Rodeo
Calgary, Alberta
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Activity note: Participants will receive an up to date event planner with confirmed times and venues for all Stampede events and activities. There will be several options to choose from this evening which could include: a tractor pull, heavy horse pull, stock dog championship and more. The schedule and activities are subject to change. Driving about 80 miles over 2 hours via motorcoach. Travel to Calgary is approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 1 mile over 3 hours; some crowds, stairs

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: When we arrive in Calgary by coach, we will explore the colorful western history and heritage of the Canadian west at the Glenbow Museum, western Canada's largest. Hear tales of the RCMP, the Blackfoot people, early European pioneers, whiskey traders, and ground-breaking entrepreneurs from a local expert. Discover the new permanent exhibit, "Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta", which illustrates the province's history through the dynamic stories of over 40 mavericks from Western Canada's past. Transfer to the Calgary Stampede grounds.

Lunch: En Route to Calgary we will enjoy our boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We will take in one of the rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede with reserved seating. Attend the Rodeo and watch the world's best rodeo athletes - both humans and livestock. Your reserved seat gives you a great view of this major Stampede event. Thrill at the contest between cowboy and stock and see which one comes out on top! There will be additional time before dinner to further explore the grounds and take in more of the activities that the Stampede has to offer.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

DAY
5
Calgary Stampede, Chuckwagon Races & Grandstand Show
Calgary, Alberta
B,D
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Activity note: Today is a full day at the Calgary Stampede including the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show which starts at 8:00 p.m. We depart the Stampede at approximately 11:30 p.m. Walking 1.5 miles over the course of the day; crowds, uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A presentation by a local expert will provide an introduction to the city of Calgary, highlighting the 'Big Four' founders of the world-famous Calgary Stampede. American promoter and trick rider Guy Weadick launched the first rodeo and festival in 1912 in the hopes of establishing an event that more accurately represented the "wild west" than the shows he was a part of. Hear how he convinced several businessmen to put up $100,000 to guarantee funding for the event who came to be known as The Big Four. Over 100,000 people attended the first event in 1912.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Stampede Grounds. There are many venues including The Cantina, Nashville North, Mavericks Dining Room and Lounge: Harvest Room Cafe and The Range.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the Calgary Stampede on your own. There are lots of other exciting activities to choose from - see a working cow horse competition and rodeo events in the Northern Lights Arena, learn how the West was built with horsepower at Saddledome Lane or visit the Western Oasis and experience artistic excellence in photographs, bronzes, paintings, cooking demos, arts & crafts and western entertainment. Learn about the history of the Treaty 7 First Nations historic partnership with the Calgary Stampede at the Indian Village. A major part of the Calgary Stampede since its inception in 1912, the Indian Village provides the opportunity for visitors to experience the First Nations traditions and culture first hand. A list of events will be provided in advance, or our group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Stampede Clubhouse.

Evening: Our final evening begins with the exciting Rangeland Derby and the thundering Chuckwagon Races. The pounding of hooves and trembling of the ground marks the beginning of the world's premier chuckwagon event. Witness all the heart-stopping action as the teams vie for over $1.15 million in prize money! During the Stampede, the races start nightly at 8 pm. < p> Then we will finish the night with a real blast at the Grandstand Show where it's all about heat, horses and hoof beats. It promises gravity defying sights at dizzying heights and combines equine magnificence, whimsical dreamscapes and spontaneous bursts of pyrotechnic energy. This extravaganza blends music, dancing, singing and spectacle into a remarkable production that is sure to create an unforgettable experience. The climax of the evening is the explosive, award-winning fireworks finale. The show is a blazing ball of energy featuring popular artists, fantastic acrobats and amazing scenes. The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede are joined by a world-class line-up of performers aiming to awe, inspire, and energize.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Calgary, Alberta
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Activity note: Hotel check out is 11:00 am

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Independent departures from Calgary after breakfast per individual travel plans. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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