23439
Alberta

Outdoor Adventure in the Canadian Rockies With Your Family

On this active adventure with your family, learn about the geology, wildlife and history of the Canadian Rockies and watch for grizzly bears, eagles, mountain goats and more!
Rating (5)
Program No. 23439RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,649 / ADULT
1,699 / CHILD
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
6 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Calgary, Alberta
D
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Register with the program staff and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. We’ll continue getting to know our fellow Road Scholars and then settle in for the night.

DAY
2
Glenbow Museum, Calgary Zoo, Transfer to Banff
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on uneven terrain; bring sturdy shoes.

Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: This morning we depart on a field trip to the Glenbow Museum, Western Canada’s largest and one of the nation’s foremost museum facilities. Its collection focuses on cultural and military history, ethnology, and mineralogy. What sets it apart from other museums chronicling the continent's Native cultures and pioneer settlement is the excellence of its interpretation. Especially notable is its vivid evocation of Native cultures — particularly the local Blackfoot — and compelling descriptions of western Canada's exploration and settlement. Docents will be on hand to answer questions during our self-directed exploration.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Encounter the animals who call the prairies, sub-alpine forests and Rocky Mountains home. Wander forested paths to discover natural enclosures where brown bears can bathe in a pond, bison survey the land and cougars and wolves nap in the sun. The Canadian Wilds section of the Calgary Zoo is also home to Skoki, a rescued Grizzly bear, whose story illustrates the sometimes sad consequences of human/bear interaction. We will then transfer by coach to Banff.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Banff National Park: Cave & Basin Site, Johnston Canyon
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on pavement and groomed trails, some stairs and uneven terrain at historic site. Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours drive by motorcoach with stops at points of interest.

Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Embark on an expert-led field trip to learn about the 1883 “discovery” of thermal hot springs at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, which gave birth to Banff National Park and the creation of Canada’s national park system. See dancing lights in the cave’s bubbling waters. First Nations people have long known and revered this spot and the reputed healing power of the mineral-rich waters and regard the Cave and Basin as a sacred place.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Banff.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of Banff National Park at Johnston Canyon. This spectacular canyon has been formed over thousands of years by the waters of Johnston Creek passing over limestone as it approaches the Bow River. The creek has cut through the limestone rock to form sheer canyon walls, as well as waterfalls, tunnels, and pools. We’ll traverse sturdy iron catwalks, with the waters of the creek flowing beneath our feet. Scan the rocks and woods for abundant flora and fauna, and keep an eye out for dippers, or water ouzel, who can be seen bouncing up and down on streamside rocks. These slate-grey birds are equipped with an extra eyelid that allows them to see underwater, and scales that close their nostrils when submerged.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Tonight we will have a scavenger hunt.

DAY
4
Horseback Riding, Ranching, Free Time
Banff, Alberta
B
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: No experience necessary for horseback riding. Every rider has a friendly horse; lead and tail guides; basic horseback riding instruction; and a helmet (mandatory). The trail ride will be approximately an hour in duration.

Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Travel back in time while following the Bow River on horseback. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. You’ll pass by the birthplace of the Banff National Park, where craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the horse stables, learn how a functioning ranch works, and about the daily activities of the staff. It’s not all romantic rides into the sunset!

Lunch: On own.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Grizzly Bears, Lake Louise Gondola
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on pavement or groomed trails. Approximately 1.5 hours total time on the coach; 75 miles.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Travel by coach to the Lake Louise region, a place of remarkable beauty and a significant habitat for grizzly bear, elk, lynx, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat. We’ll learn from a wildlife expert about the role national parks play in grizzly bear conservation and how plants and animals have adapted to survive in this remarkable landscape. The Bow Valley is considered an internationally significant wildlife migration corridor within the Park and the Lake Louise area is notable for its critical grizzly bear, elk, lynx, bighorn sheep and mountain goat habitat. As protected areas, the parks make an important contribution to grizzly bear conservation in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. During the presentation, we will also hear how Parks Canada is conducting land use and management policies. We’ll have a chance to see grizzly bears in their natural environment from the fully-enclosed Lake Louise Gondola. The grassy slopes below the gondola offer lush, rich vegetation and, if we’re lucky on our brief but exciting ride, you may be able to observe one or more of these awesome creatures. We will also enjoy views of the green waters of Lake Louise from the top of the mountain.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the gondola.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit Moraine Lake, surrounded by peaks and deep teal in color, this lake is nothing less than stunning and sits in the gorgeous Valley of the Ten Peaks. There will be time to explore during a visit to Chateau Lake Louise and walk the trail around the lake before returning to Banff for our farewell dinner and final night together.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Children's activity with your Group Leader.

DAY
6
Whitewater Rafting, Yoho National Park, Field Centre
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Whitewater rafting, on a moderate section of river, for 1.5 hours. Six fun and splashy rapids from Class II to Class III. No experience necessary. Bring own swimsuit and towel. Quality gear provided: neoprene wetsuits, booties and gloves; polar fleece sweaters; spray jackets; mandatory government-approved life jackets and helmets. Gear is meticulously maintained; cleaned and dried daily.

Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Starting inside Yoho National Park, this section of the Kicking Horse River offers fun and splashy waves and rapids along with beautifully scenic float sections. It is the ideal introduction to whitewater rafting. With expert river guides at the helm, six playful Class II and Class III rapids are safely navigated during the 1 ½ hour, downstream journey. ‘Alarm Clock’ rapid (just moments after pushing off from shore) is sure to wake everyone up, and ‘Hopi’s Hole’ will dowse the crew! How did the Kicking Horse River earn its name? What wildlife inhabits the area? What makes the river that beautiful colour? Discover the answers to these questions while enjoying the quieter, upper reaches of the Kicking Horse River.

Lunch: Delicious BBQ lunch served back at the RiverBase after the rafting trip.

Afternoon: We will transfer by motorcoach to Yoho National Park, with a stop at the Spiral Tunnels where we will see the trains go through the feat of engineering that was safer than the previously used switchbacks. With its name deriving from the Cree word for wonder and awe, Yoho boasts an impressive array of wildlife and geological marvel. At Emerald Lake, named for its remarkable color, we’ll go on an expert-led trail walk to learn about the interesting plant species found here and at the Burgess Shale quarries along Fossil Ridge. We will also visit the nearby Field Interpretive Centre, which has some informative displays including one with Burgess Shale fossils. Parks Canada staff will be available to provide information and answer questions.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening wrap-up and activities. We’ll share memories of the week and a photo montage of our adventures.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Banff, Alberta
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. Airport transfer departs Banff at 8:30 a.m. Approximate arrival at Calgary airport is 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel at 7:00 a.m. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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