July 07 - 19, 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.
Start this great trip by a pre-tour train, boarding the "Rocky Mountaineer Rail", for a very beautiful train ride to Banff.
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"
Visit "Layden" Family Farm
Knowledgeable Select Holidays escort
1 Night each in Banff, Kamloops & Vancouver
"Gold Leaf" or "Silver Leaf" Service
DAY 01 - Sun 07 July - VANCOUVER
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
DAY 02 - Mon 08 July - KAMLOOPS (B/L)
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am PT. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey 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 Coast 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. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00pm and 7:30pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking. Overnight in Kamloops.
DAY 03 - Tue 09 July - BANFF (B/L)
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25am PT, your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, 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, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your rail journey ends this evening upon arrival in Banff, between 8:00pm and 9:30pm MT.
DAY 04 - Wed 10 July - CALGARY (D)
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Calgary. Your Rural Alberta tour 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 05 - 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 06 - 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 07 - 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 08 - 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 09 - 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 10 - 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 11 - Wed 17 July - RED DEER, AB - SASKATOON, SK (B)
Breakfast at hotel then travel into the province of Saskatchewan. This province, diagonal from west to east, is the area commonly called the "grain belt," level or gently rolling plains marked by fertile soils that make Saskatchewan one of the world's great wheat producers. This afternoon arrive into the city of Saskatoon for a 2-night stay. Overnight: Saskatoon
DAY 12 - Thu 18 July "AG IN MOTION" FARM SHOW (B)
Breakfast in the hotel then enjoy a full day at “Ag in Motion”, Western Canada’s first outdoor farm expo, and situated on 320 acres of prime agricultural land. The annual expo will feature live demonstrations of field equipment, crop plots and interactive agribusiness exhibits showcasing the products and services relevant to the agricultural industry. Return to hotel later this afternoon. Overnight: Saskatoon
DAY 13 - Fri 19 July END OF TOUR (B)
This agricultural visit has come to an end with a visit to the Flexicoil Seed Equipment and Manufacturing facilities then a transfer to the Saskatoon airport for your flight home.
You may wish to extend your Canadian experience by adding the Yukon and Canada’s Northwest Territories.
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