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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4.82 Average

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!


keep Banff a secret- I want it for myself!


The setting was perfect. The activities were varied and thoroughly enjoyable. I found I lived in a beautiful world this week.


Terrific trip. Spectacular scenery. Great guides.


Banff National Park has the most impressive mountain terrain I have seen in North America, along with great cultural and educational opportunities. I enjoyed this program and the fellow participants I got to know. Guides Greg and Rick were terrific, as was speaker Ben Gadd. But the large size of the program and the diverse physical capabilities of the participants are challenges that were not always effectively managed. Many of us expected more time and opportunity to hike the mountain trails than we got. Many sits in Banff are overcrowded in early August. Still, we had a great week, filled with many cultural, educational, and social activities, jaw dropping mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, good food, very comfortable accommodations, and cool weather that was a wonderful respite from summer heat and humidity.


The tour of Banff and the Canadian Rockies was a bucket-list trip that had not been on my bucket-list before. The beauty and power of the Candian Rockies, their rivers and lakes, and glaciers and icefields are now an indelible memory. The interpretive guides (especially the incomparable Ben Gadd) provided information and background that made me not only understand the geology, ecology, and botany of the natural park, but also made me appreciate and applaud Canada's wisdom in preserving and opening the Rockies as national parks and world treasures.

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