Jun 27 - July 04, 2020
8 Days
Tour Status - Available

Alberta is a province in Western Canada. Its landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands and vast coniferous forests. It has more than 600 lakes, and rich mineral deposits. In the west, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks have glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. The West in the summertime means hot weather, fields of yellow canola, and many beautiful sights to admire.  You will experience visits in the rural areas of Central Alberta and into the Canadian Rocky Mountain range. 

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Tour Highlights

  • Private, air conditioned motor coach transportation

  • Accommodations

  • Meals & Attractions as Outlined

  • Multiple Farm/Technical Visits

  • Columbia Icefields

  • Lake Louise

  • Banff National Park

  • Visit a Hutterite Colony

  • Entrance fee for Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff

  • Visit "Layden" Family Farm

  • Knowledgeable Select Holidays escort

  • Plus more...

DAY 01 – Sat 27 June - CALGARY
Your adventure begins as you arrive Calgary, and make your way to the hotel for the night.  Overnight: Calgary

DAY 02 – Sun 28 June - LETHBRIDGE (B/L)
Following breakfast, travel into the foothills of Alberta where most of the cattle ranching takes place.  A stop will be made at Bar U ranch, one of the first, most successful and most enduring large scale ranching operations in Canada, along with a wagon ride.  Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains – it’s a true Alberta experience! Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump for a guided tour of this unique facility and learn about the hunting of the buffalo by a ‘native’ story teller.  Arrive Lethbridge for a 2-night stay.  Overnight: Lethbridge

DAY 03 – Mon 29 June - LETHBRIDGE (B/D)
This morning, travel to “Feedlot Alley” to visit a feedlot operation specializing in both beef cattle  feedlots as well as a sheep feedlot. This will be followed with a visit to a commercial greenhouse facilities.  After lunch, visit with a local farmer that grows potatoes, beans, sugar beets and seed canola on his farm. Return to Lethbridge for the night.  Dinner this evening at a local restaurant featuring Alberta grown produce. Overnight:  Lethbridge

DAY 04 – Tue 30 June – LETHBRIDGE – RED DEER   (B/D)
Depart Lethbridge and travel North towards some of the most fertile farm land in Western Canada. Visit a Hutterite Colony. These "colonies", are all rural, depending largely on farming or ranching for their income.  This is followed by a visit to a local family farm that specializes in oil seed and grain production. Enjoy a BBQ dinner at the family farm before transferring to Red Deer for 2 nights.  Overnight: Red Deer  

DAY 05 – Wed 01 July – RED DEER (B/L)
Today starts with a visit and tour to a large dairy operation as well as at grain terminal and fertilizer plant. Following lunch, you will visit the Star Cheese operation.  Star Cheese is a field to final product with award winning Gouda from the heart of Alberta.  The cheese is made from the milk of their own cows, raised and fed on their land and crafted in a time honored, traditional way.  The farm produces Gouda, Swiss Style and Edam.  Return to Red Deer for the night.   Overnight: Red Deer

DAY 06 – Thu 02 July - RED DEER – BANFF NATIONAL PARK   (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, travel west through the farming and ranching country into the Foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  A coffee stop will be made in Rocky Mountain House, the "Gateway to the Canadian Rockies".  From here, continue the journey past Lake Abraham, one of Canada's largest man-made lakes, before entering Banff National Park for lunch.  This afternoon drive to the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center where you board an amazing SnoCoach glacier ride onto the Glacier surface.  The Columbia Icefields are situated inside Jasper National Park.  Return to hotel for the night including a buffet dinner.  These accommodations are situated in the heart of the Canadian Rockies situated in Banff National Park.  Overnight: Banff National Park

DAY 07 – Fri 03 July – BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CALGARY   (B)
Enjoy a buffet breakfast then travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in Canada.  Visit beautiful Lake Louise and continue on to Banff, visiting Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, both crowning jewels in Banff National Park. Take a ride on the Banff Gondola up the side of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views.  You will continue on towards Calgary for the night. Overnight: Calgary  

DAY 08 –Sat 04 July – END OF TOUR  (B)
Tour comes to an end.

Land price only:  Per Person, Double occupancy - $2,994.00 + $149.70 GST

Single ADD:  $1,484.00 + $74.20 GST

*Ask your booking agent about “early booking savings”.

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