Great American Get-Together in Banff
Join fellow Road Scholars in the heart of the Canadian Rockies to learn about the geology, ecology and culture of Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake and more.
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Program No. 22397RJ
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Great trip. Beautiful part of the world. Excellent way to travel


Thanks for a wonderful tour of Banff and the beautiful surrounding area. Our leader was Anita Hafner and she was terrific - very good speaker, knowledgeable, organized, and fun. We also appreciated our bus driver, Fabien. I'm glad he was at the wheel for our entire time.


Andrea Sawchuk was an awesome leader Program was very good


We so enjoyed The Great American Get-Together in Banff! The Program was so well organized, and provided us with such appreciation of the beauty in the Canadian Rockies!


This was my seventh RS trip and first Get Together. The area is crowded, so going by bus was the best way to enjoy the area. A delightful, informative and interesting week!


Banff and Lake Louise are so beautiful and this Road cholar program was just the right amount of exercise, info and culture.


The Great American Getaway is the most amazing trip! We stayed at the Banff Center for Arts with first class meals and rooms. The campus has views of the mountains all around. Walking to meals and downtown made us feel healthy and alive. The logistics and planning for our trip made it possible for us to see, hear and experience as well as learn and be stimulated in ways it would take a month or more to see and do all if we even tried to do it ourselves. Our group Guide made it even more personable. Don't miss this trip to our Northern Neighbor whom we are most fortunate to have!


I love the Sierra Navadas and the mountains of Colorado but the Canadian Rockies have a majesty and charm all of their own.

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Fantastic trip. Recommend it!


The information on getting from the airport to the hotel was confusing and ultimately incorrect. The same was true of the reverse trip at the end of the week. It took several phone calls, some of which were international, to try to decipher what was meant and still I was given wrong answers. Please fix these instructions in your preparatory material.


The Great Get-Together in Banff was an outstanding experience. Accomodations and meals at the Banff Centre were superb. We were divided into groups of ~30 people and traveled by bus to numerous locations in the Canadian Rockies. Our group leader, Gregg Allgemang, was a wonderful guide, extremely knowledgable of the area, and enthusiastic to be showing off the Rockies to us. We learned a lot about the geology and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies. The lectures by Hugh Southbee on the formation of the Rockies and by Colleen Campbell on bears were comprehensive and entertaining. A highlight of the program was the screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. All of this was set against the beauty and majesty of the Canadian Rockies. I highly recommend this program.


The Banff trip is a must if you love mountains and water. The program progresses at a nice pace so you have sufficient time to spend at each venue and to take pictures. The Banff Center provides excellent food and living quarters. If you enjoy "stretching experiences," you can walk on a glacier that is 840 feet deep beneath you feet!


Banff area - places of beauty, solitude and austerity


This is a top of the class trip, both for the group leader, program and accommodations at the Banff Arts Center. The Canadian Rockies are a treasure...recommended as a next trip for those who like the mountains.


If you enjoy beautiful scenery and learning about wildlife and local history, the Great American American Get-Together in Banff is perfect for you! Every meal in the Banff Center, where the variety and quantity from the buffet had something to please everyone, we had the chance to soak in the stunning mountain views as we looked outside. The presenters even made geology an interesting topic for me. I loved seeing grizzly bears, elk, and big horn sheep in their natural environment. The green lakes were so perfect, straight out of a postcard. This was a trip I will never forget.


See gorgeous scenery and meet wonderful, courteous people who welcome rather than shunning diversity. The Banff Center, the Whyte Museum and other attractions are also unique.


This was a great program overall. The field trips were all excellent and the Banff Centre was also exceptional, with spectacular views at every meal. However, the included airfare arrangements were very poor. We had to get up at 2AM to get to our flight and didn't get home until after 3AM. This is not acceptable for folks in our age group.


Great program! Worth the time and $$. Banff Centre very accommodating although located on the side of a mountain - expect daily up and down to get around.

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Cannot say enough good things about my first Road Scholar trip. I learned so much about glaciers, bears and geology that I never knew before! Our guide was well versed in the geology and biology of the area. I felt Road Scholar covered everything from transportation to meals to lodging and made this vacation worry free. I will definitely be traveling with Road Scholar again!

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An Immersion in the Canadian Rockies - Jam Packed with Experiences and Information


What an amazing way to spend a week! The splendor of the Canadian Rockies, the uniqueness of the Banff Centre, the knowledge of our guide, the new people I met (yay Wolves!). All of these just begin to describe this program. Words cannot do justice to the wonderful week spent exploring this area!


Everything was so wonderful. I can not wait to go on another trip.


This program was an excellent way to visit and see the Canadian Rockies.


A well-done program presenting up-close the beautiful scenery, animals, history, and climate of the Canadian Rockies.


We always say we live in the mountains but having seen the Canadian Rockies we now know what real mountains are. Visiting Banff was spectacular, to see nature preserved in its glory. This Great American Get Together has encouraged us to explore more of this area in the future.

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A great experience! The Banff Arts Center is a beautiful facility tucked in the mountains with comfortable rooms and gorgeous views of the mountains while dining on a delicious array of buffet choices for each meal. The Center itself has an interesting program for promoting creativity among artists from all over the world. The Road Scholar program included a variety of field trips to experience the wonders and beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Lectures covered everything from the geologic development and history of the Rockies to outstanding women who helped open the Rockies to others. Wildlife observed in their natural element included bears, mule deer, ground squirrel and marmots. The leadership team was well prepared, efficient, accommodating and fun to be with. The participants were separated into 4 groups and quickly established a friendly and caring camaraderie. The total program was well-paced. It was the best Road Scholar program we've taken to date....highly recommend it! MBH & KDH, Alabama


What an introduction to the Road Scholar program!- we had a wonderful experience and plan using the program again- the travel to different areas was comfortable- we had a great group leader who gave us information to enhance each day- we saw areas that we would not have included if we had tried to make the trip on our own- go and see this wonderful country with the very best!


This trip was fantastic. Road Scholar takes care of details. The lakes, mountains, and waterfalls were incredible. The people were friendly and interesting. The food was healthy and delicious. The Banff Centre offers collaboration for creative people. We saw excellent shorts from the Banff Film Festival. Our guide was personable, knowledgeable and organized. The quality of the classes were good. You can't go wrong with this trip.


This tour exceeded all expectations of comfortable accommodation, helpful staff, knowledgeable and flexible leaders, beautiful scenery, and physical experiences well within my abilities. KDH, 76 yrs.


If you like mountain scenery this is as good as the Alps, Rockies or Andes.


The Road Scholar trip to the Canadian Rockies was fantastic! Beautiful scenery, wonderful educators and leaders, delicious food and nice fellow travelers. I will recommend it to all of my friends.


This was an excellent program that hit the highlights of 3 of Canada's National Parks. The large group of the Get Together enabled us to meet others during meal time and free time, but the smaller groups for field trips worked well for accommodating picnics and washroom breaks. The leaders are wonderful, especially Andrea S, and use their vast knowledge of the area to enhance the experience. The accommodations and food were nice. There was no air conditioning, but with fans in the rooms and the cool night and morning temps, this was a nonissue. Enjoyed this program tremendously!

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