5 Days/ 5 Nights: Experience Alberta Canada Agri/Mountains Get Away

ITIENERARY

Day 1 (Sunday)

  • Depart Calgary International Airport, Calgary, AB, Canada, for Calgary hotel later afternoon
  • Dine at the hotel restaurant

Day 2 (Monday)

  • Leave the hotel for a great Canadian adventure, learning of agriculture, geography, and history
  • First stop – a high plains farm
  • Then off to a large feed mill where feed is prepared for a variety of livestock species
  • Lunch at an eating establishment that you will truly enjoy
  • Next stop – a large Canadian cattle feed yard with a research arm
  • Dine, in the evening, at a premier Calgary steakhouse

Day 3 (Tuesday)

  • Now to a Canadian destination you’ll never forget – Banff National Park!
  • Lunch in the beautiful Canadian Rockies
  • Continue exploring the park and see Lake Louise
  • Dinner at a premier eating establishment in the park before departing to the hotel

Day 4 (Wednesday)

  • Out in to the Alberta countryside to a cow/calf and farming operation
  • Next, we’ll see a very well run, large Alberta cattle auction and receive a tour from the management
  • Lunch will be at another unique, fun dining establishment
  • Have you ever been to Hutterite Colony? This is your day to visit one and converse with the owners
  • We’ll end the day at yet another great restaurant and reminisce about the day on the plains just ended

Day 5 (Thursday)

  • We’ll start the day out with a successful Alberta cow/calf ranch
  • Next to another historic cow/calf enterprise with a view like none other!
  • Stop yet again for another mouth-watering lunch
  • Learn of the history of Calgary as we spend “time in town” in the afternoon
  • Top the day with another great eating experience

Day 6 (Friday)

  • Calgary adventures
  • One final celebratory lunch in Calgary – a city you’ll never forget!
  • Airport time again and off to the best of all places – home

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK & THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WITH THE CALGARY STAMPEDE-11 days

This Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park tour delivers the pristine wilderness of several
national parks and the soaring beauty of the Rockies on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.
In Canada, overnight in Waterton Lakes National Park, with its rugged mountains and beautiful
water. Visit the historic mining town of Fort Steele, Kootenay National Park, and HeadSmashed-In Buffalo Jump.

Also in Canada, stay two nights in both Banff and Jasper National Parks. In Banff, enjoy leisure
time to explore on your own. As you head to Jasper National Park, stop for a memorable ride
aboard an Ice Explorer at the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield. In Jasper National Park, journey
to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, and take a cruise to
Spirit Island. Also visit gorgeous Lake Louise, another highlight of your vacation.

In Montana, visit stunning Glacier National Park, where you’ll enjoy a thrilling drive on the
spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a famous, vintage red “Jammer” bus. The Going-tothe-Sun Road is one of North America’s most spectacular drives. It crosses 6,664-foot-high
Logan Pass and offers alpine scenery where jagged mountain peaks, deep green forests, pristine
lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. A breathtaking experience indeed!

On this Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park tour, Globus has also arranged special
experiences for you. In Glacier National Park, enjoy a made-from-scratch piece of huckleberry
pie or ice cream. Or how about entertainment by a local cowboy poet in Calgary? The region’s
Western heritage comes alive through the cowboy poet’s stories and songs. You’ll also have
two days admission to the Calgary Stampede with its chuck wagon races, outdoor stage show,
and rodeo.

From the stunning scenery to the fun experiences, this Canadian Rockies vacation has it all!

ITINERARY

Day 1

ARRIVE IN CALGARY, ALBERTA

Welcome to Calgary! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour
Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2

ALGARY–HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP–WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Before departing Calgary, enjoy an orientation tour of the city’s highlights. Travel south along
the Macleod Trail. Just outside the town of Fort Macleod, visit HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, on to scenic WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
with a photo stop at Cameron Falls.

Day 3

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD– WHITEFISH

Enter Montana through Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, and behold the awesome snowcapped peaks of GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. A highlight
awaits you as you board the famous vintage red “JAMMER BUSES” that will take you along one
of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-
foot-high Logan Pass, enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery where jagged
mountain peaks, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. Before arriving at your
resort, enjoy a made-from-scratch piece of HUCKLEBERRY PIE or ICE CREAM—a delicious treat
to end your day.

Day 4

WHITEFISH–FORT STEELE–KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK–BANFF

Re-enter Canada today, with a stop in British Columbia before crossing into Alberta. Visit the
restored town of FORT STEELE, where fortunes were made during the Kootenay Gold Rush.
Next, drive through the steep red cliffs of Sinclair Canyon and KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK
before entering BANFF NATIONAL PARK, the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Day 5

BANFF

This morning, sightseeing includes a stop at beautiful Bow Falls. The balance of the day is at
leisure, or maybe join an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for unsurpassed views of the
Rockies.

Day 6

BANFF-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-JASPER

Follow breathtaking Icefields Parkway today and head for JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Scale Bow
Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Then, climb to Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of
alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Next is the highlight of the day: stop at the
750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a memorable ride aboard an ICE EXPLORER. There’s time
this afternoon for an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River.

Day 7

JASPER. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

The morning is at leisure. Optional activities include hiking, canoeing, and strolling the streets of
Jasper. This afternoon, journey to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE of the glacial lake
and Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare
including famous Alberta beef.

Day 8

JASPER-LAKE LOUISE - CALGARY

This morning, visit Athabasca Falls and then retrace the route south along Icefields Parkway.
One more highlight saved for the last day of your vacation: a visit to famous LAKE LOUISE.
Continue to Calgary, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Over dessert, be
entertained by a local COWBOY POET who will bring the region’s Western heritage to life
through stories and songs.

Day 9

CALGARY

Today, explore the CALGARY STAMPEDE grounds at your leisure with your included admission.
Step through the gates of Stampede Park and enter a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West”
excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian village, or stroll the streets of a
recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment
stages, then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of
Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping CHUCKWAGON RACES in an all-out dash
for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower.
Afterward, get ready for a gigantic OUTDOOR STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers,
dancers, and musicians who dazzle you in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical
variety spectacular.

Day 10

CALGARY

Explore the stampede grounds at your leisure. Maybe visit Rope Square with its variety of
Western entertainment and fun. This afternoon, see the best of the best as they saddle up for
world-class RODEO action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also
enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! Take home an included SOUVENIR PROGRAM to
remind you of your time in Calgary.

Day 11

CALGARY

The vacations end this morning with guests departing on individual schedules.

11 days

BANFF DAY TRIP FROM CALGARY-1 day

• See Johnston Canyon and Bow Falls.
• Explore the Surprise Corner and Hoodoos.
• Stroll around many shops and restaurants in Banff Town

ITINERARY

Day 1

7:30am Departure
Banff Day Trip from Calgary

Start your journey to Famous Canadian Rockies from Calgary and you will visit the Banff
National Park, Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots.
Banff Sulphur Mt Gondola (Optional): Enjoy a 360º view of Banff
Johnston Canyon: Known for its walking trail throughout the year.
Bow Falls: Location of the film “The River of No Return” in 1960’s.

Surprise Corner: Great spot where most of the famous pictures have been taken of the historic
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Hoodoos: Hoodoos are composed of sedimentary rock covered by a harder rock that is harder
to erode. Once softer sediment erodes rock needle, or tower like natural obstacles are left.
Banff Town: The biggest town of National towns, many shops and restaurants wait for your
discovery.
Finally, we will return to Calgary and arrive around at 7:00 PM.

1 day

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WITH YOUR FAMILY- 7 days 6 nights

Experience the beauty of the majestic mountains as you ride on horseback along the Bow River
trail with your family. Search for massive grizzly bears from up above on gondolas in one of the
best places on earth to see them in the wild. An exploration of the Canadian Rockies is a dive
deep into the great outdoors. Experience the incredible opportunity to explore the Rockies on
hikes over iron catwalks above rushing rivers and on a white-water raft as you glide over rapids.
Together, you and your family will discover a region so abundant in wildlife, colorful nature and
geology that you’ll think you’ve stepped into another world.

ITINERARY

Day 1

CHECK-IN, REGISTRATIONS, WELCOME DINNER, ORIENTATION

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, RETURN TO BANFF

Breakfast: At 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 a local restaurant.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 3

BANFF NATIONAL PARK: CAVE & BASIN SITE, JOHSTON CANYON

Breakfast: At 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

HORSE BACK RIDING, RANCHING, FREE TIME

Breakfast: At restaurant.
Morning: Travel back in time as you and your horse follow a windy trail along the tranquil Bow
River. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy
meadows. And if you look up, you might spot an eagle or hawk soaring through the sky. Pass by
the birthplace of Banff National Park where craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling
thermal water. Breathe deeply as you enjoy the mountain air and unspoiled views of the
magnificent Rocky Mountains. Meet miniature horses, and take an interactive trip through the
horse stables, home to more than 300 backcountry horses. Our guide will tell you about the
horse corrals and dedicated barns, so you can see exactly how ranchers care for the animals.
Listen to stories about the history of horseback riding in Banff National Park.
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

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.
Lunch: At a local restaurant near the gondola.
Afternoon: We’ll have a chance to see grizzly bears in their natural environment from the fullyenclosed
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. Moraine Lake, surrounded by peaks and a deep teal in color, 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: At leisure.

Day 6

WHITEWATER RAFTING, YOHO NATIONAL PARK, FIELD CENTRE

Breakfast: At restaurant.
Morning: Starting inside of Yoho National Park, on the Kicking Horse River, enjoy the “float less
traveled”. With expert rafting guides at the helm, traverse six excellent rapids from class II to III
to splash and soak you during the 1½ hour journey on the water. “The Alarm Clock” rapid (sure
to wake you up!) is just moments after pushing off shore, and “Hopi Hole” will dowse the crew!
How did the Kicking Horse River earn its name? What wildlife inhabits the area? What makes
the river such a beautiful color? Discover the answer to these questions while enjoying the
quieter, upper reaches of the Kicking Horse River while your guide reveals the river’s hidden
secrets and stories.
Lunch: At a stop on the trail on a glacier in the park, we will enjoy a boxed lunch.

Afternoon: We will transfer by motor coach 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

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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