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Alberta/British Columbia

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

Journey 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
Length
12 days
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Alberta/British Columbia

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

Journey 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
5,399
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
550
Length
12 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
5,399
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
550
Program No. 3748RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 1 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
7,199
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 4 - Sep 15, 2022
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7,199
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 8 - Sep 19, 2022
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6,399
Sep 11 - Sep 22, 2022
Starting at
7,399
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2022
Starting at
5,999
Sep 18 - Sep 29, 2022
Starting at
7,199
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 25 - Oct 6, 2022
Starting at
6,599
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
5,399
May 18 - May 29, 2023
Starting at
7,699
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Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

May 21 - Jun 1, 2023
Starting at
7,699
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

May 28 - Jun 8, 2023
Starting at
7,699
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 1 - Jun 12, 2023
Starting at
6,699
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Jun 4 - Jun 15, 2023
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7,699
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 11 - Jun 22, 2023
Starting at
7,699
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 22 - Jul 3, 2023
Starting at
7,199
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Jun 25 - Jul 6, 2023
Starting at
8,199
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 2 - Jul 13, 2023
Starting at
7,799
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 9 - Jul 20, 2023
Starting at
7,799
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 16 - Jul 27, 2023
Starting at
7,799
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 20 - Jul 31, 2023
Starting at
6,799
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Jul 23 - Aug 3, 2023
Starting at
8,199
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 3 - Aug 14, 2023
Starting at
7,899
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 6 - Aug 17, 2023
Starting at
7,899
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Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2023
Starting at
8,199
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Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 27 - Sep 7, 2023
Starting at
7,899
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Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 3 - Sep 14, 2023
Starting at
7,899
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Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 7 - Sep 18, 2023
Starting at
7,899
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 10 - Sep 21, 2023
Starting at
8,199
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 17 - Sep 28, 2023
Starting at
7,899
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2023
Starting at
7,399
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Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 1 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
8,799
Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 4 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
8,799
Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 8 - Sep 19, 2022
Starting at
7,799
Sep 11 - Sep 22, 2022
Starting at
8,949
Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2022
Starting at
7,599
Sep 18 - Sep 29, 2022
Starting at
8,799
Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 25 - Oct 6, 2022
Starting at
8,099
Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
6,499
May 18 - May 29, 2023
Starting at
9,299
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

May 21 - Jun 1, 2023
Starting at
9,299
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

May 28 - Jun 8, 2023
Starting at
9,299
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 1 - Jun 12, 2023
Starting at
8,099
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Jun 4 - Jun 15, 2023
Starting at
9,299
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Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 11 - Jun 22, 2023
Starting at
9,299
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 22 - Jul 3, 2023
Starting at
8,699
Special Offer

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Jun 25 - Jul 6, 2023
Starting at
9,999
Special Offer

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Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 2 - Jul 13, 2023
Starting at
9,539
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 9 - Jul 20, 2023
Starting at
9,539
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 16 - Jul 27, 2023
Starting at
9,539
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 20 - Jul 31, 2023
Starting at
8,299
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Jul 23 - Aug 3, 2023
Starting at
9,999
Special Offer

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Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 3 - Aug 14, 2023
Starting at
9,619
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 6 - Aug 17, 2023
Starting at
9,619
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2023
Starting at
9,999
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 27 - Sep 7, 2023
Starting at
9,619
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 3 - Sep 14, 2023
Starting at
9,619
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 7 - Sep 18, 2023
Starting at
9,619
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 10 - Sep 21, 2023
Starting at
9,999
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 17 - Sep 28, 2023
Starting at
9,619
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2023
Starting at
9,039
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2022 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

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. Due to hotel staffing constraints, on 2022 departures, the hotel in Kamloops will not be known until 3 days prior to arrival.
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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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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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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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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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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Originally from Ontario, Andrea has settled into Calgary. Her love of travel has taken her around Canada and around the world. Andrea loves introducing visitors to the wonders of her home country of Canada and the vast range of experiences it has to offer. She is just as happy in the heart of a downtown metropolis as she is in the middle of the wild. From whale-watching to dog-sledding, from walks in downtown metropolises to the Rockies, Andreas has done it all.
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Growing up in the military has brought Greg across Canada and given him a real taste of everything the country has to offer. Finally settled now in the Calgary area, Greg has followed his passions for his country to study travel management and become a certified hiking instructor. Greg also enjoys climbing and enjoying the beautiful wilderness that surrounds his home. His love of nature has fueled his passion for connecting people to their environment and showing off his country to visitors.
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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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A lover of film, sports, and travel, Roneil Grant’s work history has been just as diverse as his interests. He’s worked as a host for Vancouver Canucks games, refereed various hockey leagues, worked as a photographer and videographer in Canada and abroad, and has been a host aboard the Rocky Mountaineer trains. Currently, Ron has gone back to one of his earliest passions — leading educational explorations. With an education in film, broadcasting, and marketing, Roneil loves working with people in a variety of settings.
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Andrea Sawchuk was born and raised in Alberta and was bitten by the travel bug very early in her life. She’s done everything from swimming in the Dead Sea, to seeing two volcanoes erupt, and even met and stayed with a shaman in the Amazon. Andrea has led groups internationally since 2008, as well as having worked with the military and in media marketing. Andrea loves to share her passion for the outdoors and her experiences at her favorite spots in Canada.
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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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Ileana was born and raised in the beautiful city of Montréal. She stayed in Montréal to attend McGill University where she studied nursing. Ileana’s career led her to Ottawa where she married and had two boys, and eventually led her family to Calgary where she currently lives. Ileana fit right into the outdoor lifestyle of the Canadian Rockies with her love of skiing, hiking and photography. Two years ago Ileana made the transition into the travel industry and loves introducing Canada to visitors.
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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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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.
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Please call the toll free line at 1-866-745-1690 during regular business hours or for non-urgent matters (Mon - Fri 8:30 - 4:30 EST). The mobile phone #1-613-331-5777 is for after hours and weekends for emergency use only. The phone is carried by a staff member.
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 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 British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead | Jane King
GUIDEBOOK,2008, PAPERBACK, 480 PAGES This comprehensive practical guide in the Moon series published in the Pacific Northwest stakes out the best food, transportation, accommodation, and sights throughout British Columbia. The guide nicely balances practical detail and a good overview of the region and its attractions. Seventh edition. (CND132, $21.95). Call Longitude in New York at 1-800-342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL22281.
Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
by Ben Gadd
Geology, plants, animals, history and recreation from Waterton/Glacier to the Yukon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead
GUIDEBOOK, 2010, PAPERBACK, 347 PAGES Canada resident and avid outdoorsman Andrew Hempstead knows the best way to experience the Canadian Rockies, from rafting on the Bow River and hiking Lake O'Hara to staying in a remote log cabin. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Canadian Rockies has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. With must-see sights, maps, aadvice on planning and itineraries -- and an essential dose of humor. (CND231, $17.95)
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11 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
Arrive Calgary, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Calgary, Alberta
D
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Calgary Airport Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. at the hotel.

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. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to applicable COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and have good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.

DAY
2
Calgary History, Explore Calgary, Transfer to Banff
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 85 miles throughout the day, approximately 1.5 hours riding time. Walking approximately 1/2 mile at museum, periods of standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert who will give us a lighthearted introduction to Canada’s history and culture. We’ll learn about who Canadians are and why they came out West to build the city of Calgary. We’ll then board a motorcoach to explore several significant sites that tell the story of evolution from Mohkinstsis — the Blackfoot name for the camp that became Calgary — into the modern city. Among the highlights will be the geologic remnants of the Ice Age. We’ll also take a stroll through the downtown area to learn about some of the historic buildings and contemporary public art.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with expert commentary by our Group Leader. During a scenic drive, we’ll see the grandeur of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 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. Upon arrival at our hotel, we will check in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out and explore the town of Banff independently, walk along local trails, swim at local hot springs, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles throughout the day, approximately 1/2 hour riding time. Walking up to 2 miles; pavement, boardwalks, several sets of stairs at Cave and Basin Historic Site. Maximum elevation of Sulphur Mountain 8,041 feet.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out by motorcoach on a field trip to about the history and geology of the Canadian Rockies with a geologist at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. We’ll gain insights into the natural forces that formed the rugged landscape of the Rocky Mountains and the differences between the Front and Main Ranges. We’ll also learn 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: At a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to Sulphur Mountain and glide to the summit (weather permitting) in four-passenger gondolas. At a height of 8,041 feet, we’ll have a bird eye’s view of the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake
Banff, Alberta
B,L,D
Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles through the day; well-maintained trails, paved paths, some inclines.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out with a local expert for a walking field trip to experience some of the foremost geological highlights of the Rockies at Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. We’ll learn about the area’s natural history in trailside discussions with a local expert.

Lunch: At a scenic spot, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: For our next expert-led field trip, we’ll walk to Emerald Lake and stop at the Spiral Tunnels. We’ll learn about the interesting plant species to be found here and about the Burgess Shale quarries along Fossil Ridge. As we go, we’ll observe the various landscapes along the way including avalanche paths, pine forests, and the rainforest.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Whyte Museum, Moore Home, Afternoon Tea, Free Time
Banff, Alberta
B,L
Royal Canadian Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 4 miles throughout the day, approximately1/4 hour riding time. Walking approximately 1/2 mile indoors and out, periods of extended standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the 1931 home of artists and Whyte Museum founders, Peter and Catharine (Robb) Whyte, whose home illuminates their simple yet classic mountain style. The Canadian Rockies art and artifacts they collected recognizes the relationship between newcomers and the original inhabitants of the area, the Stoney Nakoda people. We’ll then journey back a generation to absorb 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.

Lunch: We will ride to the world-recognized Banff Springs Hotel for afternoon tea.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your 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. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration.

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. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 160 miles throughout the day, approximately 5 hours total riding time with stops. Getting on/off Ice Explorer vehicle; driving about 3 miles, approximately 1.5 hours to Athabasca Glacier; pavement, boardwalks, ice, stairs to entrance of Columbia Icefields Interpretive Centre.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach and ride along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park. 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. The Group Leader will provide expert commentary on the landscape and share historical accounts. We’ll also make several stops along the way to take photos.

Lunch: At a scenic spot, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: Next, we will ride to the Athabasca Glacier and board purpose-built Ice Explorer vehicles for a three-mile round trip field trip. Ice Explorer staff will explain the formation of glaciers and direct our attention to interesting geological features. We’ll have the opportunity to step out onto the ancient ice that reaches depths of 270-1000 feet. Back aboard the motorcoach, we will ride to Jasper and check in to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking approximately 2 miles, periods of standing; paved and maintained trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will gather for a lecture by an expert naturalist who will discuss the ecology of Jasper National Park. We’ll then board a motorcoach with our expert and set out on an exploration of the park including Pyramid Lake and Maligne Canyon. We’ll learn about its formation during the glacial ages.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We’ll learn about the cultural history of Jasper National Park in a presentation by an expert. The park encompasses more than 4,200 square miles with an abundance of wildlife including wolves and grizzly bears. We’ll then have some time for independent exploration. You might like to visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives that highlights area history. 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 leisure. Prepare for early morning check-out and transfer. Pack everything you will need for the day — including medications — in a small bag (not to exceed 9" x 36" x 18") to take on the train where it will be stowed under the seat. Other luggage will be transported to the Kamloops hotel.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; boarding a train that will take us from Jasper to Kamloops, a ride of about 275 miles, approximately 9.5 hours.

Breakfast: At our seats aboard the train.

Morning: We will board the Rocky Mountaineer with Silver Leaf Service to Kamloops then settle in for our comfortable ride. Train staff will provide expert commentary as we go. The single-dome coach with large glass windows will offer excellent views of the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. The route from Jasper to Kamloops goes along the Thompson River and through the Monashee Mountains. We’ll also pass Pyramid Falls and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, that reaches a height of 12,972 feet.

Lunch: At our seats aboard the train.

Afternoon: Our train journey to Kamloops will continue. The city’s name comes from the First Nations word Kahm-o-loops, meaning “meeting of the waters” that aptly describes the city’s location at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. We will check in to our hotel upon arrival.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like in Kamloops. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for early morning check-out and transfer. Pack everything you will need for the day — including medications — in a small bag (not to exceed 9" x 36" x 18") to take on the train where it will be stowed under the seat. Other luggage will be transported to the Vancouver hotel.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a train; riding about 285 miles, approximately 9.5 hours from Kamloops to Vancouver.

Breakfast: At our seats aboard the train.

Morning: Silver Leaf Service train service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer will take us to Vancouver. We’ll ride along the Thompson River and the Fraser River and through the dramatic Fraser Canyon. As we go, we’ll marvel at the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains, then pass into the fertile farmland of the Fraser Valley. Expert commentary will tell us about the interplay of geology, glacial history, ecology, and human history that has shaped the diverse land.

Lunch: At our seats aboard the train.

Afternoon: As the train moves along to Vancouver, we’ll hear about the history, development, and struggles of building the Canadian Pacific Railway, nicknamed the “Iron Road.” We’ll check in to the hotel upon arrival.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy the flavors of Vancouver. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking up to approximately 2 miles; pavement, museum flooring.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert for a lecture focusing on the history and evolution of Vancouver into a modern and progressive city. We’ll then board a motorcoach and set out on a field trip to explore Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, and False Creek as we ride to Granville Island.

Lunch: On your own to have what you like on Granville Island.

Afternoon: Back aboard the motorcoach, we will ride to the Museum of Vancouver for a lecture that will give us a deeper understanding of the city and the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest. Educational department staff will then lead us on an examination of the museum’s exhibits followed by some time to explore independently.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At 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 2 miles; city streets and sidewalks.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll set out with a local expert on a walking field trip to explore some of Vancouver’s historic landmarks, architecture, and parks. We’ll learn about the extraordinary evolution of the city as we traverse from downtown to the vibrant waterfront.

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

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. 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. You can walk or bike where you please.

Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

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

DAY
12
Program Concludes
Vancouver, British Columbia
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel. 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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