Exploring the Canadian Rockies with Central Arizona College

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Capture the spirit of the Canadian Rockies by joining Central Arizona College on an exclusive journey to our northern neighbors on August 6 – 13, 2008. Travel by train and private coach to this remarkable area to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Walk on the Columbia glacier, watch for wildlife and stay in some of the most enchanting historic lodges in the national parks of Canada.

Fly from Phoenix to Vancouver this August and board the Rocky Mountaineer, the Canadian passenger rail network that makes it easy to enjoy the scenery as you travel toward the Rockies. Two days of daylight travel by train (with an overnight in Kamaloops) will take you to your first destination in Jasper National Park.

The excursion by private coach to beautiful Maligne Lake includes a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. You will travel the Ice Fields Parkway through the mountains to the Columbia ice glacier for a memorable ride on the Ice Explorer.

Beautiful Peyto and Moraine Lakes afford stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls and glaciers. Your home for the night will be the famous Chateau Lake Louise, a landmark hotel offering recreation, photography, shopping and dining. It overlooks the vibrant blues and greens of the glacier-fed Lake Louise and is surrounded by majestic mountains – an incredible view you will never forget.

The group will explore Banff and Yoho National Parks, including the natural bridge spanning Kicking Horse River and Emerald Lake; stop at the Hoodoos along the Bow River; visit waterfalls and ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain. The Banff Springs Hotel, styled after a Scottish castle, offers stunning vistas and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness.

The trip concludes with a tour of Calgary’s major sights, including the home of the Calgary Stampede.

“I spent the month of August in Canada two years ago,” says Vera Walters, program coordinator for C.A.L.L., “and am looking forward to a return trip – this time by train.”

“Banff and Jasper National Parks offer some of the most incredible scenery in the world,” agrees Joyce Gellhorn, C.A.L.L. member who has also visited the area.

You can join this adventure by calling Vera Walters and making a $500 deposit. Registrations are limited so call early to reserve a spot.

The total fee for this exciting adventure is $3,881, which includes airfare from Phoenix to Vancouver and from Calgary back to Phoenix, train transport with a tour conductor who stays with the group for the entire trip, a private motor coach just for tour participants, 12 meals, quality hotels, including the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Fees do not include trip insurance, tips and select meals. Non-members pay an additional $89 membership fee, which is then good for one year to attend any of the more than 200 C.A.L.L. non-credit classes offered throughout the county.

Upon receipt of your registration, the C.A.L.L. office will send you a pre-trip letter with all the details, including what to bring, flight schedule, hotel lists, trip insurance, etc.

Grab your camera and join a great group of C.A.L.L. travelers to cool, beautiful Canada. If you have questions, please call Vera Walters at 480-677-7707 or 520-494-5444. ext. 7707 or email her at vera.walters@centralaz.edu.


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