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Wonders of the Canadian West

Canada

Your destinations: Vancouver, Victoria on Vancouver Island, Banff and Calgary

Welcome to the Canadian West. Delve into the heart of British Columbia, from the Orcas of Vancouver Island to the bright lights of Calgary. Travel across this stunning region meeting like-minded peers, visiting amazing places and discovering an array of magnificent natural wonders.

Includes

  • Round Trip International Airfare From Designated Departure Airport
    *Supplements may apply for USA Domestic Air to Designated Departure Airport.
  • Ground Arrangements
  • All Meals
Price: $4490 per person*

*Please Note: Supplements may apply

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Wonders of the Canadian West - July 8 2017 - Suitable for grades 5-8 (Middle School)
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ADVENTURE

Challenge yourself and experience personal growth as you:

  • Cruise with Marine Biologists to scout Orca pods in the Straits of Georgia—you can even listen to them talk with underwater microphones!
  • Sleep in a tipi or longhouse in the mountains of British Columbia
  • Hike a glacier in the Columbia Icefields with geologists
  • Howl with the grey wolves at the Northern Lights Wildlife Center

EDUCATION

Learn about different cultures and traditions as you:

  • Talk with a current or former Member of Parliament in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Dance with a drum circle with young people of the First Nation peoples in the Okanagan
  • Carve your own arrowheads with a renowned university archaeologist
  • Explore North America’s most renowned center for dinosaur research—the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

CULTURE

Connect with locals as you:

  • Participate in an Earth Steward Service Project in British Columbia
  • Learn hockey from Canadian students in a friendly game
  • Share stories with tribal elders of the Smalqmix First Nation peoples
  • Day 1

    Depart the USA
    Welcome to Vancouver. Walk along the waterfront and absorb first impressions of the city. Explore Stanley Park, see The Lion’s Gate Bridge and learn about the intricately carved totem poles made by the Coastal First Nation.
  • Day 2

    Explore Vancouver
    Take a ferry to Victoria Island, visit Victoria’s parliament and learn about Canada’s parliamentary process. Meet a former member of parliament for a Q&A session before spending the afternoon in the Straits of Georgia looking for pods of Orcas.
  • Day 3

    The Challenges of Rope Courses and Ice Hockey!
    Spend the day at Wild Play and challenge yourself with the rope courses, scramble nets, swinging logs and rope bridges before heading to Petroglyph Park to learn about the First Nation people who created them. Meet Canadian students and participate in an ice hockey workshop.
  • Day 4

    British Columbia
    Head back to the mainland and up into the mountains, stopping at Bridal Falls. Arrive at Camp Atsxulax to learn about the Smalqmix people and gain insight into their spiritual beliefs, customs and culture. Begin your Earth Steward Service Project and learn innovative ways to reduce waste in the community.
  • Day 5

    The Peak of Cathedral Lake
    Hike through stunning and tranquil countryside, rich in flora and fauna, to the peak of the scenic Cathedral Lake. Hear anecdotes from the Smalqmix people, rich in local legends. During the evening, enjoy an entertaining evening of drumming as you enjoy a BBQ of local salmon.
  • Day 6

    Rappelling at Skaha Bluffs
    Confront some serious heights and rappel down the 200ft cliffs at Penticton before soaking up the sun at the beautiful Okanagan Lake. Reach Kelowna and learn how to handle stone tools which are over 600,000 years old before making your very own obsidian arrowhead.
  • Day 7

    Howl with the Wolves
    Take in a wealth of history at The Golden Spike, the origin of the Canadian Pacific Railway, before visiting Rogers Pass Interpretive Centre to discover the role of Avalanche Control in the region. The final stop of the day is at The Northern Lights Wildlife Centre which offers a fascinating insight into the indigenous Grey Wolves.
  • Day 8

    White Water Rafting
    Embark on an adrenalin fuelled adventure, riding the thrilling rapids of Kicking Horse River. Travel on to Banff and take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy spectacular views before meeting a Canadian Mountie who will provide a fascinating insight into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Day 9

    Glaciers, Ice Fields and Hot Springs
    Learn about the creation and movement of the amazing glaciers in the National Park. Ride on the Athabasca Glacier in specialised vehicles designed to glide over the ice before tasting some of the purest water on the planet. Stop at Peyto Lake’s powder blue waters and soak in a local hot spring.
  • Day 10

    Grotto Mountain Caves and The Ink
    Pots of Banff Tour the Grotto Mountain Cave, a huge limestone natural wonder, before heading to Johnston Canyon to trek to Banff’s famous Ink Pots. Discover seven emerald-blue ponds in a meadow surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies.
  • Day 11

    Dinosaurs and Earth Pyramids
    Explore the largest dinosaur museum in the world, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, before prospecting for fossils in Horseshoe Canyon. Visit Drumheller’s “Badlands” and see the awe-inspiring Hoodoos, the “earth pyramid” sandstone pillars naturally moulded from canyon rock. Stay in a typical miner’s cabin.
  • Day 12

    Okotoks Rocks and Calgary, the Capital of Alberta
    See the glacial erratic known as Okotoks Rock before heading into Calgary for lunch at ‘the best burger joint in Canada’. Head off to the Canada Olympic Park and experience the thrill of summer bobsledding. Finally it’s up to the top of the famous Calgary Tower offering a commanding view of the city and countryside beyond.
  • Day 13

    The Journey home
    Depart from your Canadian Adventure and head home after an action packed 13 days.

Why This Itinerary?

  • Adventure : Challenge yourself and experience personal growth
  • Education : Learn about different cultures and traditions
  • Culture : Connect with locals as you