July 07 - 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
- Farm/Technical Visits
- Entrance fee to “Discovery Wildlife Park”
- Visit a Hutterite Colony
- Columbia Icefields
- Lake Louise
- 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 Tuktoyaktuk
- Visit the Arctic Circle
- View Pingos
- Visit Dawson City
- Visit Whitehorse
- Tour the "SS Klondike"
- Enjoy a "Farewell Dinner"
- Airfare from Saskatoon, SK to Yellowknife, YT is included in price as well as any other inter-country flights
- 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 Banff Park Lodge, located in the heart of downtown. There will be time to explore the streets of Banff either before the included dinner, or later this evening. Overnight: Banff
DAY 08 - Sun 14 July BANFF - KANANASKIS COUNTRY - LETHBRIDGE (B/L/D)
Leaving Banff behind travel through one of Alberta’s best kept secrets, Kananaskis Country. This unspoiled region of the country boasts wildlife viewing plus Canada’s highest paved highway. Arrive at the Bar U Ranch, where the views are breathtaking as one can see the wagons pulled by Percheron horses. Discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Depart for “Head- Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump”. The Head-Smash-In-Buffalo-Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site placing it among other world heritage monuments such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands. Later in the afternoon arrive into the city of Lethbridge for a 2-night stay. Dinner this evening will be in partnership with independent farmers and producers in and around the community. Overnight: Lethbridge
DAY 09 - Mon 15 July LETHBRIDGE (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel then depart for a visit to a local Greenhouse and Vegetable Farm that grows tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Drive to the community of Picture Butte to Kosters Dutch Bakery for a coffee stop before arriving at the VRP Farms and a tour of one of their large feedlot operations. This is one of the largest feedlot operations in all of Canada and is situated in an area known as “Feedlot Alley”. After lunch in the community of Coaldale, depart for a visit to a farm operation growing potatoes, sugar beets and beans. This farm operates an irrigation farming operation. Return to Lethbridge for the night. Overnight: Lethbridge
DAY 10 - Tue 16 July LETHBRIDGE - MEDICINE HAT (B/D)
Another day visiting the different agricultural operations that are found in this region of the province. View a large grain growing operation before departing Lethbridge for Bow Island and a tour of a farming operation growing peppermint used for toothpaste and oil extraction as well as other farming activities such as wheat production. Group will overnight in the city of Medicine Hat situated in the southeast corner of Alberta. Overnight: Medicine Hat
DAY 11 - Wed 17 July MEDICINE HAT - SASKATOON (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel then travel north and 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. Travel to the farming community of Davidson to visit a large cereal grain operation for a tour and lunch. This afternoon arrive into the city of Saskatoon. Tour the Flexicoil Seed Equipment and Manufacturing facilities before checking into hotel for a 2-night stay. Dinner is on your own this evening. 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 SASKATOON - YELLOWKNIFE, NWT
Depart Saskatchewan to fly to Yellowknife, 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. After check into the hotel, enjoy a tour of the city including the Wardair Plane Monument; Old Town; the Houseboat Village, the largest in Canada. Yellowknife is the capital city of the Northwest Territories. The Explorer Hotel will be your home for the next two nights. Dinner this evening at an authentic northern restaurant. [D]
DAY 14 - Sat 20 July YELLOWKNIFE, NWT
Today’s tour will include the Interpretive Center; the Legislative Building; Buffalo Air Vintage Plane Museum. Enjoy lunch at the “Wildcat Café” in old town one of the oldest establishments in the city. [B/L]
DAY 15 - Sun 21 July YELLOWKNIFE - INUVIK, NWT
The morning is free to explore on your own before flying to Inuvik, 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 situated across the delta.. The name Inuvik , means "Place of Man”. Upon arrival transfer to the Mackenzie Hotel that will be ‘home’ for the next two nights. After settling in you will be taken on a city tour as well as a walking tour to the Igloo Church built in 1960 and is a land mark of the city; the Interpretive Center; the community greenhouse garden. [B/D] (NOTE: There is approximately 22 hours of daylight in the north in July)
Day 16 - Mon 22 July INUVIK - TYKTOYAKTUK - INUVIK, NWT
This morning you will fly over the McKenzie River Delta to the northern community of Tuktoyaktuk. Thedeltais 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 village, his home and take you to view the “Pingos” which are mounds of ice buried under dirt and vegetation. You will have a chance to dip your toes in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. You return to Inuvik later this afternoon. The evening is free to enjoy how you would choose. [B/L]
(Should weather turn inclement the tour to Tuk may not happen until later in the day)
DAY 17 - Tue 23 July INUVIK - DAWSON CITY, YK
A morning departure from Inuvik will fly across the Arctic Circle to the ‘gold rush’ city of Dawson City in the Yukon. In Dawson City a walking tour will acquaint you with this UNESCO Site with its numerous historic buildings and wooden sidewalks including viewing both the Robert Service and Jack London cabins. Dawson City is situated where the Klondike and Yukon Rivers join and where the world’s largest “Gold Rush” took place in 1898, known as “The Klondike Gold Rush”. You will drive to the “Top of the Dome” later in the day with spectacular views over the area. Perhaps this evening you may want to visit “Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino” dating back to the gold rush days the first legalized gambling casino in Canada. [B]
DAY 18 - Wed 24 July DAWSON CITY - WHITEHORSE, YK
This morning you will tour the area of the gold rush along Bonanza Creek. You will visit the Historic #4 Gold Dredge built in 1912 and operated until 1960 and was one of the two dozen or so dredges that had operated in the area. #4 is 2/3 the size of a football field and 8 stories high. Later, transfer to the airport for a flight to the city of Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territories and accounts for more than 75% of the territory's population. The city is located at Mile 918 of the famed Alaska Highway and is the former terminus of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad from Skagway, Alaska. The city was an important supply and staging center during the Klondike Gold Rush. You will have a two-night stay at the Westmark Downtown. [B]
DAY 19 - Thu 25 July WHITEHORSE, YK
Today ‘s city tour includes the SS Klondike, a replica of the last working steamboat; Fish Ladders at the Whitehorse Hydro-Dam on the Yukon River; Miles Canyon, once considered the most treacherous part of the journey for the early gold seekers; Beringia Interpretive Center. This center has exhibits and displays that tell the story of the Yukon from 10,000 years ago, when most of the Yukon escaped the ice age and was home to woolly mammoths, saber tooth cats, and other unique and now extinct critters. The day is topped off with a “Farewell Dinner”. [B/D]
DAY 20 - Fri 26 July VANCOUVER/EDMONTON/CALGARY END OF TOUR
A morning to enjoy Whitehorse on your own before transferring to the airport for a flight to Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary.