July 10 - 26, 2019
Tour Status - Available
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. From here, you will travel to "Canada's North", Yukon and Northwest Territories, for 8 exciting days.
Private, air conditioned motor coach transportation
Meals & Attractions as Outlined
Entrance fee to “Discovery Wildlife Park”
Visit a Hutterite Colony
Banff National Park
Entrance fee for Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
Entrance fee to Calgary Stampede including evening "Grandstand Show & Chuckwagon Races" AND afternoon rodeo AND preferred seat - JULY departures only
Flexi Coil visit
"Ag In Motion" farm show
Interpretive Center & Legislative Building
Tour of Inuvik
Visit the Arctic Circle
Visit Dawson City
Tour the "SS Klondike"
Enjoy a "Farewell Dinner"
Included Airfares: Saskatoon-Yellowknife; Yelloknife-Inuvik; Inuvik- Dawson; Dawson-Whitehorse; Whitehorse to Vancouver/Calgary/Edmonton
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 - 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 09 - 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 10: Fri Jul 19 - SASKATOON - WHITEHORSE, YK
A morning transfer from hotel in Saskatoon to the airport for a flight into the city of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories. Check into hotel for a 2-night stay.
(NOTE: There is approximately 22 hours of daylight in the north in July)
Day 11: Sat Jul 20 - WHITEHORSE, YK [B/D]
Today’s tour will begin with a visit to Carcrosss located on the Klondike Highway south of Whitehorse. Originally named Caribou Crossing by miners who had reached this junction point on Bennett Lake en-route to the Klondike gold fields at Dawson in 1898. It was also an important stopping point for the White Pass & Yukon Railway. The Caribou Hotel opened in 1898 and still in operation today. After a visit to the town and a stop at the Carcrosss Desert, the smallest in the world, you return to Whitehorse. Here you visit Miles Canyon a once treacherous stretch of the Yukon River that needed to be navigated by the early gold seekers. Later this afternoon tour the SS Klondike, one of the last Steamboat to ply the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City. Enjoy a “Welcome Dinner” at a local restaurant.
Day 12: Sun Jul 21 - WHITEHORSE - DAWSON CITY, YK [B]
This morning you visit the Fish Ladders put in when the dam was built on the Yukon River the longest river migration of salmon in the world. There is time to explore Whitehorse on your own and perhaps visit the Robert Service Museum. This afternoon visit to the Beringia Museum with displays of the extinct, giant Mastodon's that once roamed this area. This afternoon a flight will take you to the 1898 world Gold Rush capital of Dawson City and check into hotel for a 2-night stay. This evening you visit “Diamond Tooth Gerties” the first legalized gambling establishment in Canada and a chance to watch the Can-Can Dancers perform.
Day 13: Mon Jul 22 - DAWSON CITY, YK [B/D]
Today you travel out to Bonanza Creek to visit the giant dredge that once worked to extract millions of ounces of gold that came out of the creeks in the region. Back in Dawson City with time to explore this UNESCO Site on your own. With its numerous historic buildings and wooden sidewalks its seems like time has stood still. This evening, following dinner at a local restaurant, drive to the top of the Dome for an overview of Dawson City and the Yukon River and to get a glimpse of the midnight sun.
Day 14: Tues Jul 23 - DAWSON CITY, YK TO INUVIK, NWT [B/D]
A morning departure from Dawson City in the Yukon to fly across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, NWT. Inuvik is situated on the banks of the Mackenzie River. This river is the second longest river in North America after the Mississippi River. The city of Inuvik was conceived in 1953 as a replacement administrative center for the hamlet of Aklavik across the Mackenzie River. The name Inuvik , means "Place of Man”. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel that will be ‘home’ for the next 2-nights. After settling in you will be taken on a city tour as well as do a walking tour to the Igloo Church, built in 1960 and is a land mark of the city, the Interpretive Center and the community greenhouse garden.
Day 15: Wed Jul 24 -INUVIK - TUKTOYAKTUK - INUVIK, NWT [B/L]
This morning you will fly over the McKenzie River Delta to the northern community of Tuktoyaktuk. The Delta is approximately 62 km across. The hamlet is commonly referred to as Tuk and is located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean and lies north of the Arctic Circle. A local guide will give you a cultural tour of the hamlet and a “northern lunch” at his home. You will have a chance to dip your toes in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. View the “Pingos” which are mounds of ice buried under dirt and vegetation, as you return to Inuvik this afternoon, via the new road that connects Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. The evening is free to enjoy how you would choose. (Should weather turn inclement for the flight into Tuk, the tour will be operated driving in both directions.)
Day 15: Thu Jul 25 - INUVIK - YELLOWKNIFE , NWT [B]
The morning is a surprise “Select Experience” before flying from Inuvik this afternoon to Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories. Situated on the shores of Great Slave Lake, the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world. Yellowknife is known as the Diamond Capital of Canada.
Day 16: Fri Jul 26 - YELLOWKNIFE, NWT [B/D]
Today you tour Yellowknife, visiting ‘Old Town, the Diamond Interpretive Centre, and have lunch on your own at the historic “Wild Cat Café”, one of the oldest establishments in the city. Visit Buffalo Air made famous by the TV show, “Arctic Air” plus time for you to visit the Interpretive Center and the Legislative Building on your own. Enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” this evening at “Bullocks Bistro”.
Day 17: Sat Jul 27 - YELLOWKNIFE - EDMONTON/CALGARY OR VANCOUVER End of Tour [B]
Your Northern Excursion comes to an end and you transfer to the airport for your return flight to Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver.
Per Person, Double - From $10,944.00
ask your booking agent about “Early booking bonus”
Plus $793.30 Air & Government Taxes
Single Occupancy add: $3,180.00 + $159.00 additional taxes
Initial deposit $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment per person is due before April 11, 2019