Canadian Rockies Adventure

Canadian Rockies Adventure

Soaring mountains climb to endless blue skies. Forever green forests stand perfect and undisturbed. Glacial rivers tumble down from the high country and stretch out to distant horizons. Come and see the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies!

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Soaring mountains climb to endless blue skies. Forever green forests stand perfect and undisturbed. Glacial rivers tumble down from the high country and stretch out to distant horizons. Come and see the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies!

August 1-17 (Thursday-Saturday)

 

Canadian Rockies Adventure

Canada

(Maximum 40 Passengers)

 

Soaring mountains climb to endless blue skies.  Forever green forests stand perfect and undisturbed.  Glacial rivers tumble down from the high country and stretch out to distant horizons.  The grandeur of the Canadian Rockies can’t be caught fully on tape or print – only by standing there and taking in this beauty can it be truly appreciated!  Of the many places we have visited, these majestic snow-capped mountains will stand out in our hearts and minds forever!  Don’t miss this tour!  Book Early!  40 Lucky Guests Only!

 

Day 1: Welcome Aboard!  Travel in comfort aboard our deluxe motor coach as we embark on our adventure of discovery while we journey westward to the Canadian Rockies.  Soon these rugged mountains will reveal their exquisite beauty filled with dazzling peaks, lush meadows, virgin forest, unspoiled lakes, towering waterfalls and wildlife to you.  Tonight, we will overnight in Holiday City, Ohio.  A dinner stop will be made en route to Holiday City.  Dinner is on your own.

 

Day 2: After breakfast, we travel through Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin to reach our hotel for the night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Your Gunther Tours escort will invite you to play games, enjoy a movie and provide quite time as the miles roll by today.  A dinner stop will be included at a local restaurant.  (B, D)

 

Day 3: After breakfast settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery on our drive west along Interstate 94 through Minnesota and North Dakota.  We stop in Fargo, North Dakota for lunch on your own.  After lunch, have those PASSPORTS ready to cross over the border into Canada.  Once across the border we travel through the Province of Manitoba to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Upon our arrival, we will greet our step-on guide who will be traveling with us for the next thirteen days.  After introductions have been made, our step-on guide takes us on an enjoyable city tour of Winnipeg.  Called the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg has been home to aboriginal people for thousands of years.  French traders in 1738 constructed the first permanent settlement, a fur trading post called Fort Rouge, and over the years the area evolved into what is now the City of Winnipeg.  Highlights of our tour include: The Forks, a National Historic Site, so named because of its position where the Assinibone River flows into the Red.  Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Forks has been Winnipeg’s meeting place for over 6,000 years.  Aboriginal peoples were active and traded at the site, later followed by European fur traders, Metis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants.  Today, The Forks offers great dining experiences, shopping, entertainment and events, and many unique attractions.  We will also visit the renowned Canadian Museum for Human Rights, located adjacent to The Forks.  The purpose of the museum is to “explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue”.  Be prepared to take a journey of inspiration unlike anything you’ve experienced before!  We overnight in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Tonight, dinner is included.  (B, D)

 

Day 4: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and depart for Saskatchewan.  Known for its agriculture, specifically grain production, it is a major economic driver and one of the biggest exports in the Provinces of Manitoba and neighboring Saskatchewan.  Today, we travel through the countryside where you may witness giant combine harvesters cutting the crops from the ripened golden cropland.  Farmers cultivate primarily wheat and canola in this area, but other crops such as flax, oats and barley are common too.  Canada is the largest canola producer in the world with the bulk of that grown on the farmlands we travel through today.  This evening we arrive in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a thriving arts community perched on the banks of the Saskatchewan River.  A lunch stop will be made en route to Saskatchewan.  We overnight in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Tonight, dinner is on your own(B, L)

 

Day 5: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and continue along the Yellow Head Highway to Fort Battleford National Historic Site.  Fort Battleford was the sixth North-West Mounted Police fort to be established in the Northwest Territories of Canada, and played a central role in the events of the North-West Rebellion Resistance of 1885.  Later, we cross into Alberta, through the City of Lloydminster, which uniquely straddles the provincial border of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  The city is in two provinces with residents on both sides of the provincial border but is governed by one, municipal government.  We arrive in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, and proudly called the “City of Champions”.  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is the home of the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America, followed by the Mall of America, and it is the tenth largest in the world.  Edmonton has a thriving art community, and in recent years has gone through a revitalization that has breathed new life into the city.  Tonight, we will visit the West Edmonton Mall and dinner is included.  We overnight in Edmonton, Alberta(B, D)  

 

Day 6: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and journey west until we meet the mighty Athabasca River.  Be sure to bring a camera today!  We follow this glacier fed waterway into the Rocky Mountains toward Jasper National Park along the Maligne Canyon to beautiful Maligne Lake.  Upon our arrival, enjoy a relaxing and spectacular 90-minute boat cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, a picture-perfect spot that’s featured on calendars around the world!  After our cruise, we are treated to an outdoor BBQ dinner, followed by a Wildlife Presentation by a Park Naturalist.  Later, we travel to the town of Jasper, making a photo-stop at Maligne Canyon, a steep, narrow gorge shaped by a river flowing at its base, this canyon at its narrowest is only a few meters wide and drops a stomach-turning 50m beneath your feet.  Be on the lookout for bears, goats, elk, and moose feeding by the river along this beautiful drive.  We overnight in Jasper, Alberta(B, D)

 

Day 7: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and travel along the Icefields Parkway to the mountain resort of Banff, Alberta.  Be sure to  bring a camera and lots of film today!  Along the way you will see rushing waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks that create a magnificent every-changing montage of Rocky Mountain wilderness.  Before arriving in Banff, we visit the thundering Athabasca Falls, a waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River.  Also, we will stop at the Columbia Icefield to take a 90-minute tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Snow Coach.  Following our tour, we continue past azure blue lakes, cascading waterfalls and dozens of glistening glaciers on our way to beautiful Lake Louise for dinner and our first-class accommodations for the next three nights in Banff, Alberta(B, D)

 

Day 8: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and depart for a day of sightseeing.  Be sure to bring a camera!  We began by traveling westward into the Province of British Columbia and Yoho National Park.  We stop to admire the engineering marvel of the famed “Spiral Tunnels” of the Canadian Pacific Railroad before exploring the mystery of “The Natural Bridge” and the stoic beauty of Emerald LakeIf road conditions permit we may have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Takakkawa Falls.  In the afternoon, we return to Alberta and follow the Bow River Valley eastward.  We will make a photo-stop at majestic Castle Mountain and then follow the original highway through the Lodge Pole Pine forests keeping an eye open for bears, elk and eagles.  Following our tour, we return to our hotel where you are free to design the rest of your day and do as you wish!  There are numerous choices including:  gardens, museums, and great shopping all within walking distance from our hotel.  Lunch is included today.  Tonight, dinner is on your own(B, L)

 

Day 9: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and continue our exploration of this beautiful town located in Banff National Park.  We begin with a gondola ride to the top of 7,500-foot Sulphur Mountain.  Enjoy a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the mountain range, valleys, lakes and the town of Banff.  Next, we set out to explore the sights of Banff including the thundering Bow Falls, a major waterfall on the Bow River and near the majestic Banff Springs Hotel, a luxurious hotel and golf resort located in the Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park, Surprise Corner, a scenic overlook that offers a stunning look at the valley of Banff, and the fascinating Hoodoos, also known as the “Land of Sleeping Giants”.  Hoodoos are composed sedimentary rock covered by harder rock that is harder to erode.  Once softer sediment erodes a rock needle, or tower like natural obstacles are left.  Next, we take a trip out to the beautiful shores of Lake Minnewanka and finish our touring day with a spectacular view of the Bow Valley from the viewport on Mount Norquay.  There’s no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape.  Mountain ridges stretch as far as they eye can see, eventually blurring into a blissful cascade of colors.  Following our tour, we return to our hotel where you can continue your exploration of the town of Banff on your own.  Tonight, dinner is included.  (B, D) 

 

Day 10: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and say goodbye to our host city of Banff and travel through the alpine community of Canmore and pass the famous “Three Sisters” (Big Sister Faith, Middle Sister Charity and Little Sister Hope) mountain peaks en route to the bustling city of Calgary, Alberta.  The surrounding Rocky Mountains reveal a cosmopolitan city and a skyline filled with modern high-rise buildings.  Upon our arrival, we enjoy a tour of the city before having lunch on your own.  Following lunch, we visit the Heritage Park Historical Village for an interesting and fun-filled afternoon!  Heritage Park Historical Village is a historical park on 127 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir, along the city’s southwestern edge.  As Canada’s largest living history museum, it is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions.  Enjoy a ride on a Steam Train, relax on a paddlewheel boat trip, tour the amazing heritage town site and view the hundreds of vintage cars, trucks and gas pumps in the world-famous “Gasoline Alley” car and truck museum.  Don’t forget to enjoy some homemade ice cream!  Tonight, dinner is served in the sky at the Calgary Tower.  Savor great food and the distant outline of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the dramatic “endless” prairies to the east while you dine.  We overnight in Calgary, Alberta(B, D)

 

Day 11: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and continue across the southern plains of Alberta to the Province of Saskatchewan, known as “Land of Living Skies”.  This afternoon we arrive in a small town with a big history, Moose Jaw.  Home of the Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw, the Moose Jaw base is both a flight and aircrew training school and headquarters of the world-renowned Snow Birds, an Air Force aerobatic flight team.  Also, we explore the famous Tunnels of Moose Jaw, prohibition era tunnels used by Al Capone himself between Chicago and Moose Jaw on a guided tour.  Our day concludes in Regina, the Capital of Saskatchewan.  Regina was originally named Wascana, Cree for “Buffalo Bones” before being renamed Regina, Latin for “Queen” in 1882 honoring Queen Victoria.  We overnight in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Tonight, dinner is included.  (B, D)

 

Day 12: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and discover an important part of Canada’s past and present at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre and Depot Academy, the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  Royal Canadian Mounted Police members have trained here since 1885 and today, the Depot Academy remains the only Royal Canadian Mounted Police training site in Canada.  After our tour, we continue across the Canadian heartland, saying goodbye to Saskatchewan and hello to Manitoba.  Manitoba’s landscape consists of lakes and rivers, forests and prairies that stretch from the northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland.  Lunch is included today.  We overnight in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Tonight, dinner is on your own(B, L)

 

Day 13: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and enjoy a scenic drive across the Canadian Shield: one of the world’s largest geologic continental shields, centered on Hudson Bay and extending for 8 million square kilometers over eastern, central, and northwestern Canada from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Arctic and into Greenland, with small extensions into northern U.S.A.  We stop at the spectacular Kakabeka Falls, located on the Kaministiquia River.  The river showcases the fast-moving waters cascading a spectacular 130 feet into the gorge below.  Kakabeka Falls, with its name originating from the Ojibwe word gakaabikaa meaning “Waterfall over a Cliff” has become known as the “Niagara of the North”.  We overnight in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the western terminus of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.  Tonight, dinner is included.  (B, D)

 

Day 14: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and travel deeper into the Province of Ontario, following the waters of Lake Superior on the way to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Our scenic drive includes a stop at the Terry Fox Monument.  Terry Fox, a Canadian icon set out on his “Marathon of Hope” in 1980 to raise awareness and funds for cancer research by running from coast to coast across Canada.  Terry’s marathon ultimately came to an end in Ontario, just over halfway through the 8000 kilometers journey he planned, when his cancer spread to his lungs.  His legacy continues to this day as annual “Terry Fox Run” happens in cities and town across Canada raising money for cancer research.  Tonight, we arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada’s second largest steel producing city, situated on St. Mary’s River, which acts as a natural border between Canada and the United States.  We spend two nights in Sault Ste. Maire, Ontario.  Tonight, dinner is included.  (B, D)

 

Day 15: After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and depart for one of the highlights of our grand adventure!  All Aboard! the Agawa Canyon Train Tour!  We set out to explore the beauty and history of Agawa Canyon on this one-day wilderness excursion that will transport us 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield.  As the train winds through the wilderness, narration is provided and we learn the history of the Ojibwe people, fur traders and pioneers who first explored the area.  Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the journey continues as the train descends to the floor of Aga Canyon.  You will have the opportunity to disembark the train in the canyon to relax or explore the canyon park before we return to Sault Ste. Marie.  Tonight, dinner is on your own(B)

Day 16: After breakfast we say goodbye and wish safe travel home to our step-on guide!  Have those PASSPORTS ready, soon we cross over the border into the U.S.A. and travel south through Michigan before arriving in the unique town of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Frankenmuth is an enchanting town with a rich Bavarian influence and gingerbread-style architecture.  Enjoy lunch on your own and some free time to explore the town’s European-influenced shops and bakeries.  Later, we continue traveling through Michigan and Ohio to reach our hotel for the night in Toledo, Ohio.  Tonight, we are treated to a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant.  (B, D)

 

Day 17: After breakfast we depart for home having enjoyed the fellowship of friends old and new on our 2019 Canadian Rockies Adventure tour.  We take with us many wonderful memories, pictures, and souvenirs of the Canadian Rockies, their grandeur and dazzling peaks, alpine meadows and unspoiled forest, pristine lakes and towering waterfalls, and diverse wildlife!  Plus, an appreciation for the hospitality of the Canadian people and the amazing cities explored and experienced on our tour!  (B)

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Travel in comfort aboard our deluxe motor coach as we embark on our adventure of discovery while we journey westward to the Canadian Rockies. Soon these rugged mountains will reveal their exquisite beauty filled with dazzling peaks, lush meadows, virgin forest, unspoiled lakes, towering waterfalls and wildlife to you. Tonight, we will overnight in Holiday City, Ohio. A dinner stop will be made en route to Holiday City. Dinner is on your own.

Day 2

After breakfast, we travel through Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin to reach our hotel for the night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Your Gunther Tours escort will invite you to play games, enjoy a movie and provide quite time as the miles roll by today. A dinner stop will be included at a local restaurant.

B, D

Day 3

After breakfast settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery on our drive west along Interstate 94 through Minnesota and North Dakota. We stop in Fargo, North Dakota for lunch on your own. After lunch, have those PASSPORTS ready to cross over the border into Canada. Once across the border we travel through the Province of Manitoba to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon our arrival, we will greet our step-on guide who will be traveling with us for the next thirteen days. After introductions have been made, our step-on guide takes us on an enjoyable city tour of Winnipeg. Called the "Gateway to the West", Winnipeg has been home to aboriginal people for thousands of years. French traders in 1738 constructed the first permanent settlement, a fur trading post called Fort Rouge, and over the years the area evolved into what is now the City of Winnipeg. Highlights of our tour include: The Forks, a National Historic Site, so named because of its position where the Assinibone River flows into the Red. Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Forks has been Winnipeg's meeting place for over 6,000 years. Aboriginal peoples were active and traded at the site, later followed by European fur traders, Metis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. Today, The Forks offers great dining experiences, shopping, entertainment and events, and many unique attractions. We will also visit the renowned Canadian Museum for Human Rights, located adjacent to The Forks. The purpose of the museum is to "explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue". Be prepared to take a journey of inspiration unlike anything you've experienced before! We overnight in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tonight, dinner is included.

B, D

Day 4

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and depart for Saskatchewan. Known for its agriculture, specifically grain production, it is a major economic driver and one of the biggest exports in the Provinces of Manitoba and neighboring Saskatchewan. Today, we travel through the countryside where you may witness giant combine harvesters cutting the crops from the ripened golden cropland. Farmers cultivate primarily wheat and canola in this area, but other crops such as flax, oats and barley are common too. Canada is the largest canola producer in the world with the bulk of that grown on the farmlands we travel through today. This evening we arrive in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a thriving arts community perched on the banks of the Saskatchewan River. A lunch stop will be made en route to Saskatchewan. We overnight in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

B, L

Day 5

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and continue along the Yellow Head Highway to Fort Battleford National Historic Site. Fort Battleford was the sixth North-West Mounted Police fort to be established in the Northwest Territories of Canada, and played a central role in the events of the North-West Rebellion Resistance of 1885. Later, we cross into Alberta, through the City of Lloydminster, which uniquely straddles the provincial border of Saskatchewan and Alberta. The city is in two provinces with residents on both sides of the provincial border but is governed by one, municipal government. We arrive in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, and proudly called the "City of Champions". Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is the home of the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America, followed by the Mall of America, and it is the tenth largest in the world. Edmonton has a thriving art community, and in recent years has gone through a revitalization that has breathed new life into the city. Tonight, we will visit the West Edmonton Mall and dinner is included. We overnight in Edmonton, Alberta.

B, D

Day 6

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and journey west until we meet the mighty Athabasca River. Be sure to bring a camera today! We follow this glacier fed waterway into the Rocky Mountains toward Jasper National Park along the Maligne Canyon to beautiful Maligne Lake. Upon our arrival, enjoy a relaxing and spectacular 90-minute boat cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, a picture-perfect spot that's featured on calendars around the world! After our cruise, we are treated to an outdoor BBQ dinner, followed by a Wildlife Presentation by a Park Naturalist. Later, we travel to the town of Jasper, making a photo-stop at Maligne Canyon, a steep, narrow gorge shaped by a river flowing at its base, this canyon at its narrowest is only a few meters wide and drops a stomach-turning 50m beneath your feet. Be on the lookout for bears, goats, elk, and moose feeding by the river along this beautiful drive. We overnight in Jasper, Alberta.

B, D

Day 7

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and travel along the Icefields Parkway to the mountain resort of Banff, Alberta. Be sure to bring a camera and lots of film today! Along the way you will see rushing waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks that create a magnificent every-changing montage of Rocky Mountain wilderness. Before arriving in Banff, we visit the thundering Athabasca Falls, a waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River. Also, we will stop at the Columbia Icefield to take a 90-minute tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Snow Coach. Following our tour, we continue past azure blue lakes, cascading waterfalls and dozens of glistening glaciers on our way to beautiful Lake Louise for dinner and our first-class accommodations for the next three nights in Banff, Alberta.

B, D

Day 8

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and depart for a day of sightseeing. Be sure to bring a camera! We began by traveling westward into the Province of British Columbia and Yoho National Park. We stop to admire the engineering marvel of the famed "Spiral Tunnels" of the Canadian Pacific Railroad before exploring the mystery of "The Natural Bridge" and the stoic beauty of Emerald Lake. If road conditions permit we may have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Takakkawa Falls. In the afternoon, we return to Alberta and follow the Bow River Valley eastward. We will make a photo-stop at majestic Castle Mountain and then follow the original highway through the Lodge Pole Pine forests keeping an eye open for bears, elk and eagles. Following our tour, we return to our hotel where you are free to design the rest of your day and do as you wish! There are numerous choices including: gardens, museums, and great shopping all within walking distance from our hotel. Lunch is included today. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

B, L

Day 9

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and continue our exploration of this beautiful town located in Banff National Park. We begin with a gondola ride to the top of 7,500-foot Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the mountain range, valleys, lakes and the town of Banff. Next, we set out to explore the sights of Banff including the thundering Bow Falls, a major waterfall on the Bow River and near the majestic Banff Springs Hotel, a luxurious hotel and golf resort located in the Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park, Surprise Corner, a scenic overlook that offers a stunning look at the valley of Banff, and the fascinating Hoodoos, also known as the "Land of Sleeping Giants". Hoodoos are composed sedimentary rock covered by harder rock that is harder to erode. Once softer sediment erodes a rock needle, or tower like natural obstacles are left. Next, we take a trip out to the beautiful shores of Lake Minnewanka and finish our touring day with a spectacular view of the Bow Valley from the viewport on Mount Norquay. There's no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape. Mountain ridges stretch as far as they eye can see, eventually blurring into a blissful cascade of colors. Following our tour, we return to our hotel where you can continue your exploration of the town of Banff on your own. Tonight, dinner is included.

B, D

Day 10

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and say goodbye to our host city of Banff and travel through the alpine community of Canmore and pass the famous "Three Sisters" (Big Sister Faith, Middle Sister Charity and Little Sister Hope) mountain peaks en route to the bustling city of Calgary, Alberta. The surrounding Rocky Mountains reveal a cosmopolitan city and a skyline filled with modern high-rise buildings. Upon our arrival, we enjoy a tour of the city before having lunch on your own. Following lunch, we visit the Heritage Park Historical Village for an interesting and fun-filled afternoon! Heritage Park Historical Village is a historical park on 127 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir, along the city's southwestern edge. As Canada's largest living history museum, it is one of the city's most visited tourist attractions. Enjoy a ride on a Steam Train, relax on a paddlewheel boat trip, tour the amazing heritage town site and view the hundreds of vintage cars, trucks and gas pumps in the world-famous "Gasoline Alley" car and truck museum. Don't forget to enjoy some homemade ice cream! Tonight, dinner is served in the sky at the Calgary Tower. Savor great food and the distant outline of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the dramatic "endless" prairies to the east while you dine. We overnight in Calgary, Alberta.

B, D

Day 11

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and continue across the southern plains of Alberta to the Province of Saskatchewan, known as "Land of Living Skies". This afternoon we arrive in a small town with a big history, Moose Jaw. Home of the Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw, the Moose Jaw base is both a flight and aircrew training school and headquarters of the world-renowned Snow Birds, an Air Force aerobatic flight team. Also, we explore the famous Tunnels of Moose Jaw, prohibition era tunnels used by Al Capone himself between Chicago and Moose Jaw on a guided tour. Our day concludes in Regina, the Capital of Saskatchewan. Regina was originally named Wascana, Cree for "Buffalo Bones" before being renamed Regina, Latin for "Queen" in 1882 honoring Queen Victoria. We overnight in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight, dinner is included.

B, D

Day 12

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and discover an important part of Canada's past and present at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre and Depot Academy, the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Royal Canadian Mounted Police members have trained here since 1885 and today, the Depot Academy remains the only Royal Canadian Mounted Police training site in Canada. After our tour, we continue across the Canadian heartland, saying goodbye to Saskatchewan and hello to Manitoba. Manitoba's landscape consists of lakes and rivers, forests and prairies that stretch from the northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland. Lunch is included today. We overnight in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

B, L

Day 13

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and enjoy a scenic drive across the Canadian Shield: one of the world's largest geologic continental shields, centered on Hudson Bay and extending for 8 million square kilometers over eastern, central, and northwestern Canada from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Arctic and into Greenland, with small extensions into northern U.S.A. We stop at the spectacular Kakabeka Falls, located on the Kaministiquia River. The river showcases the fast-moving waters cascading a spectacular 130 feet into the gorge below. Kakabeka Falls, with its name originating from the Ojibwe word gakaabikaa meaning "Waterfall over a Cliff" has become known as the "Niagara of the North". We overnight in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the western terminus of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Tonight, dinner is included.

B, D

Day 14

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and travel deeper into the Province of Ontario, following the waters of Lake Superior on the way to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Our scenic drive includes a stop at the Terry Fox Monument. Terry Fox, a Canadian icon set out on his "Marathon of Hope" in 1980 to raise awareness and funds for cancer research by running from coast to coast across Canada. Terry's marathon ultimately came to an end in Ontario, just over halfway through the 8000 kilometers journey he planned, when his cancer spread to his lungs. His legacy continues to this day as annual "Terry Fox Run" happens in cities and town across Canada raising money for cancer research. Tonight, we arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada's second largest steel producing city, situated on St. Mary's River, which acts as a natural border between Canada and the United States. We spend two nights in Sault Ste. Maire, Ontario. Tonight, dinner is included.

B, D

Day 15

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide, and depart for one of the highlights of our grand adventure! All Aboard! the Agawa Canyon Train Tour! We set out to explore the beauty and history of Agawa Canyon on this one-day wilderness excursion that will transport us 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. As the train winds through the wilderness, narration is provided and we learn the history of the Ojibwe people, fur traders and pioneers who first explored the area. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the journey continues as the train descends to the floor of Aga Canyon. You will have the opportunity to disembark the train in the canyon to relax or explore the canyon park before we return to Sault Ste. Marie. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

B

Day 16

After breakfast we say goodbye and wish safe travel home to our step-on guide! Have those PASSPORTS ready, soon we cross over the border into the U.S.A. and travel south through Michigan before arriving in the unique town of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Frankenmuth is an enchanting town with a rich Bavarian influence and gingerbread-style architecture. Enjoy lunch on your own and some free time to explore the town's European-influenced shops and bakeries. Later, we continue traveling through Michigan and Ohio to reach our hotel for the night in Toledo, Ohio. Tonight, we are treated to a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

B, D

Day 17

After breakfast we depart for home having enjoyed the fellowship of friends old and new on our 2019 Canadian Rockies Adventure tour. We take with us many wonderful memories, pictures, and souvenirs of the Canadian Rockies, their grandeur and dazzling peaks, alpine meadows and unspoiled forest, pristine lakes and towering waterfalls, and diverse wildlife! Plus, an appreciation for the hospitality of the Canadian people and the amazing cities explored and experienced on our tour!

B

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D =Dinner

Included:

  Fully escorted Gunther Motor Coach transportation

  16 nights hotel accommodations, including:

         3 nights at Banff, Alberta

         2 nights at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  16 breakfasts

  3 lunches

  11 dinners (including 1 BBQ dinner)

  Guided Tours, including:

         Local Guide Service from Day 3 to Day 15

         Winnipeg, Manitoba

         Calgary, Alberta

  Canadian Cities, including:

         Winnipeg, Manitoba

         Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

         Edmonton, Alberta

         Jasper, Alberta

         Banff, Alberta

         Calgary, Alberta

         Regina, Saskatchewan

         Thunder Bay, Ontario

         Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  National Parks, including:

         Jasper National Park

         Yoho National Park

         Banff National Park

  Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

         The Forks

         Canadian Museum for Human Rights

         Fort Battleford National Historic Site

         West Edmonton Mall

         Spirit Island Boat Cruise

         Wildlife Presentation by a Park Naturalist

         Photo-stop at Maligne Canyon

         Athabasca Falls

         Columbia Icefield Snow Coach

         Photo-stop at Castle Mountain

         Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride

         Heritage Park Historical Village

         Steam Train Ride and Boat Trip

         Tunnels of Moose Jaw

         Royal Canadian Mounted Police

         Kakabeka Falls

         Terry Fox Monument

         Agawa Canyon Train Tour

         Visit Frankenmuth, Michigan

  Baggage handling (1) per person

  Driver, Escort and Step-on Guide Gratuities

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
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Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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Woodbine Park & Ride Woodbine Park & Ride 704 Lisbon Center Dr.
Woodbine, MD - I-70 West to Exit 73
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