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The Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada's Splendor

Voyage to the heart of the Canadian Rockies by train — and glass-enclosed gondola! — discovering ancient glaciers, unique wildlife, isolated towns and stunning alpine views.
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Program No. 3748RJ
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Alberta/British Columbia

The Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada's Splendor

Voyage to the heart of the Canadian Rockies by train — and glass-enclosed gondola! — discovering ancient glaciers, unique wildlife, isolated towns and stunning alpine views.
Length
12 days
Starts at
5,299
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
500
Program No. 3748 RJ
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May 20 - May 31, 2021
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May 23 - Jun 3, 2021
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Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2021
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Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2021
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Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2021
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Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2021
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Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2021
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Jul 4 - Jul 15, 2021
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Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2021
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Jul 15 - Jul 26, 2021
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Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2021
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Jul 25 - Aug 5, 2021
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Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2021
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Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2021
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Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2021
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Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2021
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Sep 2 - Sep 13, 2021
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Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021
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Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2021
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Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2021
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Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2021
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Sep 26 - Oct 7, 2021
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May 20 - May 31, 2021
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May 23 - Jun 3, 2021
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Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2021
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Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2021
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Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2021
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Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2021
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Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2021
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Jul 4 - Jul 15, 2021
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Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2021
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Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2021
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Jul 25 - Aug 5, 2021
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Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2021
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Aug 5 - Aug 16, 2021
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Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2021
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Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2021
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Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2021
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Sep 2 - Sep 13, 2021
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Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021
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Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2021
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Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2021
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Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2021
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Sep 26 - Oct 7, 2021
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At a Glance

Experience the wonder of the rugged, beautiful Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia. Journey through green valleys, past sapphire rivers and wide, jade lakes as you head into the heart of the mountains. Visit the soaring resort town of Banff, where you can explore the hot springs that have made this place famous. See Lake Louise’s famed emerald waters, born of the glaciers that overlook it. Complete your adventure with three nights in the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 4,500-8,041 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy some of the world’s most magnificent stretches of railway aboard Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Ride a glass-enclosed gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree views of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Journey along the famed Icefields Parkway through the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Kirsten Schmitten
Kirsten Schmitten has spent over 30 years exploring, researching, writing and working in the Canadian Rockies. From her career as a park naturalist to her adventures with her warden husband, Kirsten’s love and knowledge of the natural and cultural history of Jasper makes her a captivating and sought after speaker. She is the owner of All Things Wild, a company specializing in connecting people to the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park.

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

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Rania Hatzioannou has a passion for anything and everything Vancouver – history, politics, people and the ever-changing urban landscape. Rania studied political science and broadcasting, and has collected a variety of certificates in related fields. Having worked as a photojournalist while traveling, she always enjoyed coming back to her hometown. Rania has served on a variety of boards and committees helping to build stronger communities, organizing festivals and creating safe neighborhoods. She believes strongly that Vancouver’s greatest assets are its wonderful people.
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Brent MacDonald View biography
Brent Macdonald has been a resident of the Canadian Rockies for almost 30 years. As a geology expert, he provides a wealth of knowledge about geography and geomorphology. Brent has had a diverse career as a freelance natural history interpreter, also working as a consultant for a geotechnical engineering company. He has shared his knowledge of geology and natural history as an interpreter and guest lecturer. Brent is also a certified mountain leader and ski instructor.
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Patricia Thomson View biography
Patricia Thomson not only loves nature, she’s made it her life’s calling. Having had a broad environmental education career including working for Parks Canada, B.C. Parks, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Patricia enjoys passing her passion on to others. Since 2004, she has been the executive director of Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), leading a team of twelve conservation biologists and educators. Patricia is excited to take others with her and show to them the reasons she loves her home.
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Kirsten Schmitten View biography
Kirsten Schmitten has spent over 30 years exploring, researching, writing and working in the Canadian Rockies. From her career as a park naturalist to her adventures with her warden husband, Kirsten’s love and knowledge of the natural and cultural history of Jasper makes her a captivating and sought after speaker. She is the owner of All Things Wild, a company specializing in connecting people to the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park.
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John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
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Hugh Southee View biography
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.
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Anita Hafner always knew she wanted to work in the travel industry. She began as a passenger agent at Vancouver International Airport, then became a leader for a local Vancouver organization and finally joined the Royal Hudson Steam train as a hostess and narrator. In 1994, Anita joined a UK-based company and has never looked back. She has led travelers all over the world! Whether on a train, cruise ship or motor coach, Anita’s joyful personality lends to an enjoyable and memorable travel experience.
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Cory grew up in the Calgary area, living both in the city and on the ranches where his father worked. In 2005 he received a bachelor’s in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Calgary and currently works as an educator at the Glenbow Museum. Cory is also a volunteer with the Western Art Gallery at the Calgary Stampede and with several other heritage organizations throughout the city.
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Gabrielle Abernethy worked as a professional geologist for over 15 years and is licensed with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta). She is a certified apprentice hiking guide with the Interpretive Guiding Association. Combining her love of the outdoors and a drive to share her passion for nature with others, she started providing educational explorations of geosites. In revealing overlooked mysteries of the natural world, participants satisfy their geologic curiosity and create meaningful connections to the landscape.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook
by Susan Ewing
Ewing's family-friendly guide, with black-and-white drawings throughout, answers the curiosity of engaged visitors about the plants, animals and natural features of the Rockies.
Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
by Ben Gadd
Geology, plants, animals, history and recreation from Waterton/Glacier to the Yukon.
Eyewitness Top Ten Vancouver & Victoria
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Vancouver and Victoria.
Bear Tales from the Canadian Rockies
by Brian Patton
Bears hold an honored place in the mythology of the Canadian Rockies. This collection of stories draws on the adventures of hunters and trappers, native legends and traditional tall tales to create a portrait of the animal that has captured the wild imagination of the region.
The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
by Jean Barman
A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region.
Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead
This comprehensive and authoritative guide by Banff-based Hempstead covers where to go and what to do from Jasper to Waterton.
Canadian Rockies Explorer's Map and Guide
by Gem Trek Maps
A driver's map of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, at a birds-eye scale of 1:400,000.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Rocky Mountain Nature Guide
by Andy Bezener
This guide includes information on mammals, fish, birds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects and reptiles from the entire span of the Rockies - Alaska to New Mexico. Featuring over 300 exact full-color illustrations.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
by James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)
An essential pocket guide to tracks, scats and signs of not just the mammals of the region, but also of the reptiles, amphibians and birds. Each of 70 species gets a double-page spread, with line drawings of the animal, scat and track, range map and description.
Raven's End
by Ben Gadd
A young raven, with no memory of his past, arrives to the beautiful and dangerous landscape of Yamnuska, Banff. A book that looks at the complex world of ravens.
Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies
by Sid Marty
A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy.
Vancouver Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000.
Banff National Park Map
by Gem Trek Maps
A double-sided map and guide to Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks at a scale of 1:250,000.
Moon Handbook British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead
This comprehensive guide stakes out the best sites throughout British Columbia, nicely balancing practical detail with a good overview of the region and its attractions.
After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
by E.C. Pielou
Eighteen thousand years ago, an immense sheet of ice covered all of present day Canada and northernmost U.S. This story tells of how a harsh terrain was transformed into the environment we know today.
Field Guide to Banff National Park
by James Kavanagh
This fold-up, laminated card features 133 color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife and a map.
Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho
by Wayne Phillips
Compiled by a former forest service ecologist and botany teacher at Yellowstone Institute, this handy guide features 300 species, expertly photographed, explained and organized by color and family for quick identification.
The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories, Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History
by Hugh A. Dempsey
A wonderful collection of stories, illuminating the history of the Blackfoot people of the prairies of southern Alberta and northern Montana.
Vancouver Then and Now
by Francis Mansbridge
This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Vancouver’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.
Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests.
Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference
by Daniel Mathews
A comprehensive field guide and handbook covering the plants, animals, insects, geology and history of the region. With 480 color photographs and 11 line drawings.
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11 nights
27 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival & Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Calgary, Alberta
D
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in starts at 3:00 pm.

Afternoon: Arrive in Calgary. Check into the Hotel. Program registration begins at 4:00 pm. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: The Welcome Dinner will be served at the hotel at 6:00 pm.

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 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.

DAY
2
Glenbow Museum, Transfer to Banff
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
The Rundlestone Lodge

Activity note: Getting on and off a motor coach. Walking approximately half a mile at the museum, and there will be periods of standing.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: This morning’s field trip is to the Glenbow Museum, Western Canada’s largest museum. Learn about the critical role of the railway through Glenbow’s extensive collection of art and artifacts. We’ll see the images that first brought people from around the world to Western Canada. We’ll meet the interesting personalities that came here. We’ll also be introduced to the Blackfoot people of Alberta (including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainaiwa, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Chiniki, Wesley, Bearspaw and Metis Nation Region III) and share the story of Western Canada’s development through the perspectives of both European and Indigenous peoples.

Lunch: Enjoy local cuisine at a restaurant in Calgary.

Afternoon: We’ll journey to Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we’ll witness the grandeur of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, enjoy a scenic drive, see turquoise glacial lakes and, perhaps, even some wildlife. Banff National Park was the first national park in the country and fostered the beginnings of the national park system in Canada.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Dessert, coffee and tea are included.

Evening: The evening may be enjoyed at your leisure. Explore the town of Banff, or walk along local trails, or swim at local hot springs and relax.

DAY
3
Banff Geology, Cave & Basin, Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
The Rundlestone Lodge

Activity note: Getting on and off a motor coach. Several sets of stairs at the Cave and Basin Historic Site. Maximum elevation of Sulphur Mountain is 8,041 feet (2,451 m).

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided at the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Learn about the history and geology of the Canadian Rockies from a geologist at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Gain insight into the natural forces that formed the rugged landscape of the Rocky Mountains, and the differences between the Front and Main Ranges. Understand what is meant by the “Ring of Fire,” the role of plate tectonics in the area, and about the healing splendor of the hot springs at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Lunch: Enjoy local cuisine at a near-by restaurant.

Afternoon: Glide to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in four-passenger gondolas (weather permitting). At a height of 8,041 feet (2,451 meters), enjoy a bird eye’s view of the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: The evening can be enjoyed at your leisure.

DAY
4
Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
The Rundlestone Lodge

Activity note: Walking up to two miles on well-maintained trails, paved paths, with some inclines.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Experience some of the foremost geological highlights of the Rockies on walking field trips at Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. Learn about the natural history of the area in trailside discussions with our local expert.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch at a scenic spot.

Afternoon: This afternoon’s field trip will feature an expert led walk at Emerald Lake, and a stop at the Spiral Tunnels. Learn about the interesting plant species to be found here and about the Burgess Shale quarries along Fossil Ridge. Notice the various landscapes along the way, including avalanche paths, pine forests, and the rainforest.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
5
Whyte Museum, Moore Home, Banff Springs Hotel, Free Time
Banff, Alberta
B,L
The Rundlestone Lodge

Activity note: Walking approximately half a mile at the museum with some periods of extended standing.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: We’ll step into the 1931 home of artists and Whyte Museum founders, Peter and Catharine (Robb) Whyte, whose home illuminates their simple yet classic mountain style. Then journey back a generation to soak in the rustic elegance enjoyed by collectors Phillip and Pearl (Brewster) Moore in their 1907 home. This field trip provides an intimate look at both homes and the intriguing people who lived in them. In addition, visit the galleries and exhibits in the Whyte Museum.

Lunch: Enjoy afternoon tea at the world-recognized Banff Springs Hotel.

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: The evening can be enjoyed at your leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Icefields Parkway Center, Athabasca Glacier, Ice Explorer
Jasper, Alberta
B,L,D
Tonquin Inn

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach. Stairs lead to the entrance of the Columbia Icefields Interpretive Centre. The remainder of the trip will be by motorcoach. Driving for about 160 miles (290 km) about 5 hours with stops along the way. The Ice Explorer will be driving about 3 miles (5 km) roundtrip to the Athabasca Glacier for about 90 minutes.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Travel by motor coach to Jasper National Park along the Icefields Parkway. The highway follows a lake-and-river lined valley between the Eastern Main Ranges that make up the Continental Divide where water flows from one slope west to the Pacific Ocean, from another east to the Arctic Ocean, and another north to Hudson’s Bay.

Lunch: Enjoy boxed lunches during our journey.

Afternoon: Travel to the center of the Athabasca Glacier on a three-mile round trip aboard purpose-built Ice Explorer coaches. Ice Explorer staff will explain the formation of glaciers and direct your attention to interesting geological features. We’ll have the opportunity to step out onto and to touch the ancient ice which reaches depths of 270-1000 feet (90 – 300 meters).

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel in Jasper.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
7
Jasper National Park, Pyramid Lake, Maligne Canyon
Jasper, Alberta
B,L
Tonquin Inn

Activity note: Walking up to two miles on paved and maintained trails.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: This morning’s lecture will discuss the ecology of Jasper National Park. Join our expert naturalist on an exploration of the park, including Pyramid Lake, and Maligne Canyon where we’ll learn about its formation during the glacial ages.

Lunch: Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn about the cultural history of Jasper National Park in a presentation with an expert. Jasper Park encompasses over 4,200 square miles with an abundance of wildlife including wolves and grizzly bears. Enjoy some free time: You may wish to visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives which explores the history of the area. The Historical Gallery includes exhibits about the fur trade, pioneers, and the railway.

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 your leisure. Prepare for early check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Rocky Mountaineer Train to Kamloops
Kamloops, British Columbia
B,L
Kamloops Hotel TBA

Activity note: Lengthy train travel day, Jasper to Kamloops. Pack everything you need including medications in a small bag (not to exceed 9" x 36" x 18" / 23 x 92 x 46 cms) to be stowed under your seat. Other luggage will be transferred to Kamloops hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the train, service will be at your seats and begins with a fresh seasonal fruit plate, warmed baked goods; choice of breakfast items and beverages.

Morning: Board the Rocky Mountaineer with Silver Leaf Service to Kamloops. The single-dome, luxury coach with large glass windows offers excellent views of the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. We’ll travel from Jasper to Kamloops along the Thompson River and through the Monashee Mountains with commentary by train attendants. We’ll also pass Pyramid Falls and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, reaching 12,972 feet (3,954 meters).

Lunch: On the train, enjoy lunch at your seat, and begins with a choice of soup or salad followed by a choice of delicious entrees; all beverages included.

Afternoon: Continue travelling by train to Kamloops. The city’s name comes from the First Nations word Kahm-o-loops, meaning “meeting of the waters” which aptly describes the city’s location at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy in Kamloops.

Evening: At your leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
B,L
Blue Horizon Hotel

Activity note: Riding by train for 9.5 hours from Kamloops to Vancouver. Pack everything needed, including medications, in a small bag (not to exceed 9” x 36” x 18”/23cm x 92cm x 46cm) to be stowed under your seat. Other luggage will be transferred to the Vancouver hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the train, service at your seat and begins with a fresh seasonal fruit plate and warmed baked goods; choice of breakfast items and beverages.

Morning: Journey to Vancouver aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train (Silver Leaf Service). We’ll travel along the Thompson River and the Fraser River and through the dramatic Fraser Canyon. Marvel at the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before passing into the fertile farmland of the Fraser Valley. Hear about the interplay of geology, glacial history, ecology and human history that has shaped the diverse land.

Lunch: On the train, enjoy lunch at your seat, and begins with a choice of soup or salad followed by a choice of delicious entrees; all beverages included.

Afternoon: Hear about the history, development and struggles of building the Canadian Pacific Railway, nicknamed the “Iron Road,” while enroute to Vancouver.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy the flavors of Vancouver.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
10
History of Vancouver, Museum of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
B,L,D
Blue Horizon Hotel

Activity note: Getting on and off a motor coach. Walking up to two miles.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Led by a local expert, enjoy a lecture focusing on the history and evolution of Vancouver into a modern and progressive city. We’ll explore Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, and False Creek as we travel by coach to Granville Island.

Lunch: Enjoy local flavors at restaurant on Granville Island.

Afternoon: Gain a deeper understanding of the city and the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest while listening to a lecture at the Museum of Vancouver. The educational department will lead us on an examination of the museum’s exhibits before we enjoy free time to explore the museum independently.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Evening: At your leisure. You might like to set out and see more of Vancouver on your own or just relax.

DAY
11
Vancouver Walking Field Trip, Free Time, Farewell Dinner
Vancouver, British Columbia
B,D
Blue Horizon Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to two miles along city streets.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Explore Vancouver’s historic landmarks, architecture, and parks on a walking journey led by a local historian. Learn about the extraordinary evolution of the city as we traverse from downtown to the vibrant waterfront.

Lunch: On your own to explore the many diverse culinary experiences available.

Afternoon: Free Time. You might like to explore Stanley Park and Vancouver's famous seawall or another part of the beautiful city. The Stanley Park Seawall rings the peninsula of Stanley Park for a distance of 5.5 miles (8.85 km). You can walk or bike where you please.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Review highlights of the program and share your favorite memories with your fellow Road Scholars.

DAY
12
Program Concludes
Vancouver, British Columbia
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 am.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel and includes hot and cold options as well as coffee, tea, and juice. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. 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 rewarding programs 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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