July 10 - 20, 2018
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.
Continue this great trip by boarding the "Rocky Mountaineer Rail", for a very beautiful train ride to Vancouver.
- 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...
- 1 Night each in Banff, Kamloops & Vancouver
- "Gold Leaf" or "Silver Leaf" Service
DAY 01 - Tue 10 July - CALGARY* – LETHBRIDGE (D)
Arrive Calgary, Alberta and transfer to southern Alberta and the agricultural city of Lethbridge for a 2-night stay. Southern Alberta is part of the Great Plains region, with the Canadian Rockies and their foothills to the west. The rest of region is dominated by irrigated farmlands, feedlots and specialty crops. Join us for a “Welcome Dinner” this evening
*Airfare into Calgary is at an additional cost.
DAY 02 - Wed 11 July - LETHBRIDGE (B)
This morning, travel to “Feedlot Alley” to visit a feedlot operation specializing in both beef cattle feed lots 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.
DAY 03 - Thu 12 July - LETHBRIDGE – CALGARY (B/L)
Departing Lethbridge, drive to Fort Macleod to visit a replica of a fort built by the NWMP in the 1800’s and watch a live performance of the Musical Ride. Drive 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. Travel to Calgary for a 2-night stay. Overnight: Calgary
DAY 04 - Fri 13 July - CALGARY STAMPEDE(B)
This is a whole day at the Calgary Stampede to enjoy as you would choose, from the agricultural pavilions and other many other displays. There is the option to take in the afternoon rodeo performance. This evening there is reserved seating for the world famous Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand show and Fireworks. (NOTE: this will be a late evening)
DAY 05 - Sat 14 July - BANFF NATIONAL PARK (B/D)
Departing Calgary this morning, travel into the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Banff National Park. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain in Banff, where you will take in breath-taking views of the mountain skyline before traveling on the “most scenic highway in the world” - the Icefield Parkway. This magnificent drive will offer spectacular mountain vistas and possibilities for wildlife sightings such as bighorn sheep, deer and bears. This afternoon, visit Lake Louise - considered to be one of the most beautiful and photographic areas in Canada plus a visit to Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving at the Saskatchewan River Crossing for an overnight stay. Overnight: The Crossing, Banff National Park
DAY 06 - Sun 15 July - BANFF NATIONAL PARK – CENTRAL ALBERTA (B)
Travel into Jasper National Park where you will enjoy a unique snow coach ride on the icy slopes of the Icefields - the largest glacier south of the Arctic Circle. Return back via The Crossing and Lake Abraham—one of the largest “earth dams” in Alberta created for water management and hydro power production. Travel to the historic village of Nordegg, then leaving the Canadian Rockies behind, continue the drive through the most fertile farm land in Western Canada. This area is diverse with cattle farms, oil industry and grain farms. Red Deer is our destination for a 2-night stay. Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 07 - Mon 16 July - CENTRAL ALBERTA (B/D)
Touring today will include a Gouda Cheese factory, as well as a local farm. This afternoon, tour 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 returning to Red Deer for the night. Overnight back in Red Deer.
DAY 08 - Tue 17 July - TRANSFER TO BANFF (B)
Transfer to Banff for an overnight stay.
DAY 09 - Wed 18 July - BANFF - KAMLOOPS ~ Rocky Mountaineer Train (B/L/D)
This morning you will transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer train. Travel across ranch lands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops.
DAY 10 - Thur 19 July - KAMLOOPS - VANCOUVER ~ Rocky Mountaineer Train (B/L)
Today you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coastal and Cascade Mountains, to the desert like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your rail journey ends this evening in the coastal city of Vancouver. Overnight Vancouver.
DAY 11 - Fri 20 July - END OF TOUR*
*Airfare from Vancouver is at an additional cost.