July 10 -17, 2019
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, the "Greatest Outdoor Show" in the World, and many beautiful sights to admire. You will experience the Calgary Stampede, "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", as well as visits in the rural areas of Central Alberta and into the Canadian Rocky Mountain range.
Private, air conditioned motor coach transportation
Meals & Attractions as Outlined
Multiple Farm/Technical Visits
Banff National Park
Visit a Hutterite Colony
Entrance fee for Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
Entrance fee to Calgary Stampede including evening "Grandstand Show & Chuckwagon Races" AND afternoon rodeo AND preferred seats
Visit "Layden" Family Farm
Knowledgeable Select Holidays escort
DAY 01 - Wed 10 July - CALGARY (D)
Your adventure begins as you arrive Calgary, before 12 noon, and make your way to the hotel for a two-night stay. Afternoon transfer to the Calgary Stampede (the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!) to explore the exhibits on your own. Transfer back to hotel later in the afternoon. (Afternoon Rodeo Tickets must be booked in advance and are at an additional cost)
DAY 02 - Thu 11 July - CALGARY (B)
Following breakfast, enjoy a morning visit to world-famous Spruce Meadows, an international horse jumping facility. From here you will transfer to Stampede Park, home the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" Calgary Stampede. There will be time to explore the agricultural exhibits and pavilions on our own. This evening there is reserved seating for the world famous Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand show and Fireworks. (NOTE: this will be a late evening)
DAY 03 - Fri 12 July - CALGARY - LETHBRIDGE (B/D)
Departing from Calgary, a visit will be made to a feedlot as well as a visit to a Hutterite Colony before checking into a Lethbridge hotel for a 2-night stay. The Hutterites are a communal people, living on hundreds of colonies throughout the prairies of northwestern North America. On average, fifteen families live and work on the typical Hutterite colony, where they farm, raise livestock and produce manufactured goods for sustenance. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant featuring Alberta grown produce.
DAY 04 - Sat 13 July LETHBRIDGE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel then depart for an agriculture tour. Drive through an area known as “Feedlot Alley”. Visit many farms that grow potatoes, sugar beets and beans in this area of Alberta known for irrigation farming operations. Return to Lethbridge for the night. Overnight: Lethbridge
DAY 05 - Sun 14 July - LETHBRIDGE - CANADIAN ROCKIES (B/D)
Leaving behind the prairies and farm land and travel into the foothills of Alberta where most of the cattle ranching takes place. Further west, enter the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains with amazing scenery. Take a ride on the Banff Gondola up the side of Tunnel Mountain for spectacular views. Visit Lake Louise, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, all crowning jewel in Banff National Park. Rugged mountains will be the backdrop of the hotel accommodations this evening.
Overnight: Canadian Rockies
DAY 06 - Mon 15 July - CANADIAN ROCKIES - RED DEER (B)
Today travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in Canada. 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. Leaving the mountains behind, travel into the farming as well as oil and gas center of Alberta to the City of Red Deer. Check into hotel for a 2-night stay.
Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 07 - Tue 16 July - RED DEER (B/D)
Today’s visits will include a dairy farm, a massive grain storage facility as well as a family farm that grows wheat, canola and malt barley. For a treat, taste a locally brewed beer using the farm-grown barley. Dinner this evening at the local golf course before returning to Red Deer for the night. Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 08 - Wed 17 July - RED DEER, AB - END OF TOUR (B)
This Rural Alberta tour comes to an end as you make your way to the airport for your return flight.
You may wish to extend your Canadian experience by adding the Yukon and Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Call our office for details.