Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park
MONDAY, JULY 10TH EAU CLAIRE:
Welcome Aboard! Join us this summer for an adventure to discover the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. This morning we travel west skirting Lake Michigan on our way into Wisconsin, and our overnight stay in Eau Claire.
TUESDAY, JULY 11TH : EAU CLAIRE – WINNIPEG:
Our travel excursion today takes us through Minnesota, into North Dakota with a stop in Fargo for lunch. After lunch we continue on, crossing the international border, to visit our neighbors to the north, as we travel through the province of Manitoba to our overnight destination in Winnipeg. This evening you are free to explore this dynamic metropolitan city. One of the city’s jewels, The Assiniboine Riverwalk, winds along the riverbanks from underneath Esplanade Riel all the way to the foot of the Manitoba Legislature. Featuring interpretive plaques concerning area history, the walk showcases a distinctive river’s eye view of central Winnipeg.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th : WINNIPEG – REGINA:
This morning we continue our travels west on the Trans-Canada Highway, entering the Province of Saskatchewan, on our way to Regina, “Home of the Mounties” and the provincial capital, is today’s destination. This afternoon, you will visit the RCMP Heritage Center, which uses the state of the art exhibits, multimedia technologies and engaging programming, to tell the story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The story includes the Force’s role in the development of Canada, the role of the RCMP in policing over 200 communities across Canada, the challenges of serving as Canada’s Federal Police Force, and the role the RCMP plays internationally. After a tour of this incredible facility, we will check into our hotel and dinner.
THURSDAY, JULY 13TH : REGINA - CALGARY
Continue west passing through the cities of Moose Jaw and Swift Current on our way to Medicine Hat for lunch and a tour of the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District. In the early 1900’s, Medicine Hat’s clay factories distributed stoneware and pottery as far away as Australia. Today, the iconic 1912 Medalta Potteries factory is a National Historic Site, gift shop and museum, providing opportunities for visitors to learn about the turn of the century industrial life. Explore the museum at your own pace and meet costumed interpreters along the way. After the tour we continue west to Calgary, where we will meet our Canadian Rockies Tour Guide, who will be joining us for the next 8 days. The evening is at leisure…
FRIDAY, JULY 14TH : CALGARY STAMPEDE
Your morning is at leisure, before our coach transfer to the Stampede Grounds, where there are many activities available. This Stampede is one of the wildest, richest, and most exciting rodeos anywhere in the world; it has an Indian Village, Casinos, and awesome Rodeo Events, to name a few: - bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, and more. And the two Big Events of the day, are a must see - the "World Championship Chuck Wagon Races", and the Grandstand’s wonderful variety show this evening followed by a fireworks display.
SATURDAY, JULY 15TH : LAKE LOUISE - BANIFF
This morning we continue our sightseeing with a short drive across the Canadian Prairie to Lake Louise, a stunning blue-green jewel, its snow-fed waters encircled by surrounding peaks. You are our guest today for lunch in the Chateau Lake Louise dining room, which offers a spectacular view of the lake and Victoria Glacier. There will be time for you to stroll, the grounds of the hotel before departing to the Valley of the Ten Peaks, and the storybook village of Banff. Before checking into our hotel, you will enjoy a ride on the Sulphur Mountain gondola for a spectacular view of the town of Banff and the surrounding panorama mountain views.
SUNDAY, JULY 16TH: ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
The Banff–Jasper Highway is the most spectacular in the entire Canadian National Parks system. Its entire length features snow-domed peaks, waterfalls, and lakes, with an abundance of wildlife, as well as part of the Athabasca Glacier, which spawns a host of rivers that ultimately form the water system for a quarter of North America. We will be stopping in Jasper National Park for one of the most awe-inspiring sights of the day the great Columbia Icefield, 150 square miles of accumulation of ice in the Rocky Mountains. Today’s, biggest thrill, is a ride on a specially-constructed glacier vehicle over the surface of the mighty icefields. You will see crevasses and sera’s, and you will learn that glaciers are moving rivers of ice, thousands of years old. Then, after this incredible journey return to Banff.
MONDAY, JULY 17TH: BANFF – KALISPELL
This morning, you will follow the route of the early explorers. As you pass through Vermillion Pass, you enter Kootenai National Park, one of the many national parks in the Canadian Rockies system. You may see Big Horn Sheep roaming in this area, and encounter breathtaking scenery through Sinclair Canyon. Soon, you will reenter the United States, and the "Big Sky Country" of Montana as you head towards the Kootenai Valley and Glacier National Park. Tonight’s, accommodations will be in Kalispell, Montana, just outside of the park.
TUESDAY, JULY 18TH GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Our excursion today is to explore Glacier National Park via the world famous "Going to the Sun Highway," amid magnificent snowcapped peaks, gleaming lakes, and the virgin forests of the McDonald Valley. Today, we leave our coach behind and board a Vintage Red Jammer touring car, which will take you on a 52-mile drive that crests the Continental Divide at Logan Pass and is famous for its majestic mountains and deep valley floors. We’ll stop for lunch, before we board your coach and skirt the southern border of the park on your way to Great Falls, Montana for our overnight stay.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH GREAT FALLS – MEDORA
We start the day with a tour of the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center on the banks of the Missouri River and learn about this historic expedition that helped define America. Then, we travel through Montana on the way to North Dakota and the historic town of Medora. The town of Medora was founded in April 1883 by a 24-year-old French nobleman, the Marquis de Mores. He named the town for his bride, the former Medora von Hoffman, daughter of a wealthy New York City banker. This evening we’ll dine with steaks. The Medora Pitchfork Fondue consists of steaks being put on the tines of pitchforks (nice, clean ones, of course), and cooked in hot oil. And somehow those steaks are seasoned perfectly so that they come out just right. Delicious! The fun doesn’t stop here – we’re off to the Medora Musical. Set in the outdoor splendor of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, this professionally produced, high energy, western-style musical show is proudly dedicated to the legacy of America's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent here in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory. Each show pays tribute to American patriotism and the Old West.
THURSDAY, JULY 20TH – MEDORA – FARGO
This morning depart Medora and continue east to Bismarck stopping for a tour of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park , and a look into the history of the Mandan people and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. After some free time for lunch, continue east with a rest stop along the way. Arrive in Fargo and cross over the state line into Minnesota to visit the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. See how one man's dream became a reality. Robert Asp of Moorhead dreamed of building a replica Viking Ship and sailing it to Norway, the land of his ancestors. Photographs, recordings and an award-winning documentary chronicles the construction of the 76-foot, hand-built Viking ship Hjemkomst and its incredible 6,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic in 1982. The ship is on display at the Center, along with other national travel exhibits. You can also visit the beautiful Hopperstad Stave Church, a replica of the Stavkirke in Vik, Norway, dating back to the late 1100’s.
FRIDAY, JULY 21st – FARGO- MADISON
Depart Fargo and travel south on your way to Minnesota, with a stop in Alexandria for touring of the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and Gardens. From handcrafted wood boats, to grand hotels and fishing clubs, Minnesota lakes have a rich and colorful maritime and resorting tradition reaching back nearly a century and a half. The mission of the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum is to secure and display existing watercraft collections and to document lake life experiences and traditions through exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia. Arrive in Minneapolis with some free time for lunch on your own in the historic Riverfront District. Then enjoy ta tour of the Mill City Museum, built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis. It is here where we say Goodbye to our Wonderful Guide, who traveled with us the last eight days, as you depart Minneapolis and travel through Wisconsin on the way to your final night stay in Madison. Join the group tonight for a farewell dinner.
SATURDAY, JULY 22nd
After a hearty breakfast, we begin our journey home. Relax as you travel, taking this chance to think back on the marvelous scenery and wonderful friendships you have discovered in the past few days, and the beautiful scenery you enjoyed yet along the way!
DUE TO THE PURCHASING REQUIREMENTS FOR CALGARY STAMPEDE TICKETS
ALL RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE FOR THIS TRIP - BY MONDAY, APRIL 20TH!
TOUR INCLUDES: (This Tour is Limited to no more than 30-34 Passengers - Book Early!)
• Transportation via Blue Lakes Charters & Tours
• 12 Nights Hotel Accommodations
• 22 Meals - (12 Full Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 7 Dinners) - and all meal gratuities.
• All of Your Sightseeing, Attraction Tickets & Admissions are included for all activities in the itinerary
• Includes the service of an experience Western Canadian Guide – From July 13 to 21st of the tour
• Includes Baggage Handling at the Hotel for - (One Suitcase per Person) each night.
• Tour Director - Kathy Kranz - Driver – Dusty Tank
To Make a Reservation Call:
Denny or Kathy 800-282-4287 EXT#1401 or Local 419-874-4225