July 07 -14, 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
- Columbia Icefields
- Lake Louise
- 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
- Plus more...
DAY 01 - Sun 07 July - CALGARY (D)
Your adventure begins as you arrived Calgary and transfer to a hotel for a two-night stay. Join us for a “Welcome Dinner” this evening. For those arranging their own flight details, schedule your arrival prior to 3 pm.
DAY 02 - Mon 08 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 - Tue 09 July - CALGARY - STRATHMORE (B/D)
This morning for breakfast, you will enjoy a traditional "Stampede Breakfast" before returning to Stampede Park for the day. This afternoon, there are reserved seats for you to take in the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. The caliber of a rodeo comes down to two things: the skill of the competitors and the quality of the horses, bulls and steers. The Stampede Rodeo features the world’s best competitors and animals. Every afternoon, cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday—Rodeo’s Richest Afternoon. After the rodeo, travel to Strathmore for the night including an "Alberta Beef Steak Dinner.
DAY 04 - Wed 10 July - STRATHMORE - RED DEER (B/L/D)
Following breakfast at the hotel, depart Strathmore and travel through the rich farm land to the town of Three Hills, a typical Alberta prairie town. Visit a high output, large-scale grain storage elevator before having lunch in Three Hills. Continue driving north this afternoon where you will visit a local Hutterite colony. 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. From there, drive to the Layden Family Farm that produces mainly Malt Barley, Wheat & Canola. Enjoy a BBQ at the farm then depart for the city of Red Deer and check into hotel for 2 nights.
Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 05 - Thu 11 July - RED DEER AND AREA (B/D)
Today starts with a visit and tour to a large dairy operation. 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. On the return to Red Deer, visit a large farm machinery dealership with dinner later this evening.
Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 06 - Fri 12 July - RED DEER - BANFF NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)
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: The Crossing Resort
DAY 07 - Sat 13 July - SASKATCHEWAN RIVER CROSSING - LAKE LOUISE - BANFF (B/D)
Enjoy a buffet breakfast the The Crossing Resort then travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in Canada. Photo stops will be made at Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, and famed Lake Louise. There will be time to have lunch on your own before continuing on to Banff. This afternoon enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a 360 degree view over the mountain peaks and the valley below. Visit Bow Falls and view Banff Springs Hotel before arriving at the hotel for the night.
DAY 08 - Sun 14 July CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - END OF TOUR (B)
Tour comes to an end as you transfer to the Calgary International Airport. For those arranging their own flight details, do not schedule any flights until after 1 pm.
You may wish to extend your Canadian experience by traveling to visit this bustling west coast seaport city, Vancouver. You can also then join a Cruise to Alaska along the Inside Passage.
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