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
8 days
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At a Glance

Experience the very best of Road Scholar as you join lifelong learners from around the country for a week in Banff National Park — Canada’s oldest National Park. In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, enjoy field trips and insightful presentations that give you an up-close look into the geological history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nature walks shed light on the ecology of Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake and more. Delve into First Nations culture with local native groups, and learn about the arts scene with director of the Banff Centre, one of the most noted arts centers in the world.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles at a moderate pace, on mostly groomed trails or pavement.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey along the Columbia Icefields Parkway and learn more about geological history and glaciology, then stop at the famous Athabasca Glacier.
  • Visit the world-famous Lake Louise as you learn about the challenges the future holds for these gems of Canada’s wilderness.
  • At the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, learn about the birthplace of Canada's National Park system, which began in Banff in 1885.

General Notes

Max of 120 participants, divided into groups for activities.
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Hugh Southee
A Geotechnical Engineer with experience in coal mining, Hugh has been leading people around the Burgess Shale area for five summers. With his love of education, he is dedicated to helping others learn about the wonders Mother Nature has created in the West. Living in the Rockies for eight years, nothing makes him happier than getting outside. Hugh has traveled the world for over a decade seeking rock and ice climbing adventures, and he also enjoys skiing and canoeing.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Greg Allemang
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Peter Lebitka
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