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Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

6 Nights featuring Calgary, Lake Louise, Yoho, Jasper and Banff National Parks

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: August 28, 2021

About This Journey

Travel above the 49th parallel where the Great Plains of North America meet the majestic Canadian Rockies. On this Journey you’ll both reconnect with the great outdoors and enjoy the luxurious hospitality of mountainside resorts built between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Start your adventure in Calgary, the largest city of Canada’s prairie provinces. Then, travel westward as the distant mountains slowly grow larger on the horizon. Keep an eye out for elk, bears and other North American big game as you head into Banff National Park. A short hike through Johnston Canyon acts as a perfect introduction to the week ahead. In the heart of Yoho National Park, you’ll take in the gorgeous turquoise water and surrounding mountainscape while relaxing to western classics at the Emerald Lake Lodge. Then, spend your evening at the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. You’ll visit the Columbia Icefield and get to walk on a glacier, while those brave enough can try the Glacier Skywalk—a glass-floored observation platform suspended over 900 feet above the valley below. In Jasper National Park you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Maligne Lake to one of the most photographed places in Canada, Spirit Island. You’ll then spend the night at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs, first opened in 1888 and offering sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains. On your last day you will have free time to explore the mountain town of Banff before being treated to true Alberta hospitality. Enjoy a scenic wagon ride along the Bow river to 3 Mile Cabin where an authentic Cowboy Cookout awaits you as a farewell dinner. Over this week you’ll breathe in the fresh mountain air while visiting the Crown Jewels of the Canadian Rockies and encountering countless enchanting vistas. After your Journey to the Canadian frontier, you’ll return home with a rejuvenated spirit and new bond with nature.

Fall Sale: Receive special onboard extras on the Celebrity Cruises Extension to this Journey.

Visits: Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Emerald Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Calgary, Vancouver, British Columbia, Alaska, Seward, North America; 100120A

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

Itinerary

Start Date: August 28, 2021

Day City
1 Arrive Calgary – Transfer to Hotel, Welcome Dinner
2 Calgary to Lake Louise – Full day tour to Banff and Yoho National Parks
3 Lake Louise to Jasper – Full-day tour of the Icefields parkway and Athabasca Glacier
4 Jasper – Full-day tour in Jasper National Park
5 Jasper to Banff – Full-day tour to Athabasca Falls and Sulphur Mountain Gondola
6 Banff to Calgary – Half-day tour of Banff and Farewell Cowboy Cookout Dinner
7 Calgary – Transfer to airport

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including city changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Calgary

Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. After check-in, get settled in and relax or explore Alberta’s largest city before joining your Tour Escort and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Calgary, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension—which will add one night to your Calgary hotel stay.

Day 2 – Calgary to Lake Louise

Johnston Canyon Trail

Johnston Canyon Trail

Enjoy an early start today as we embark on our journey westward to the Canadian Rockies. We begin the day looking for wildlife along the Bow Valley Parkway. This less traveled road runs through major wildlife corridors and is a great opportunity to spot classic North American big game such as Elk, Black Bear and Grizzly Bears. You will get a chance to stretch your legs with a peaceful 30-minute walk on the Johnston Canyon trail to lower Johnston falls.

Johnston Falls

The trail is mostly paved and has minimal incline, making it easy for all fitness levels. You will be rewarded with excellent and misty views from the platform that sits feet from the cascading water plunging into a deep pool.

This afternoon we continue to Yoho National Park. Named by one of Canada’s First Nations, the Cree People, Yoho means “Awe and Wonder.” With 28 peaks over 9,000 feet and the brilliant color of Emerald Lake you will soon understand why the park got this name. Take in the turquoise glacial water and surrounding mountains while enjoying western classics on the patio at Emerald Lake Lodge for a little well-deserved R&R.

Emerald Lake Lodge

This evening you’ll arrive at one of the Crown Jewels of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. Tonight’s home is the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Resort, nestled on the shore of the lake with Victoria Glacier serving as an impressive backdrop.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Enjoy an evening stroll on the lakeside to gain a full perspective of its natural beauty before a group dinner to recount todays adventure. (B, D)

Day 3 – Lake Louise to Jasper

Icefields Parkway

This morning we will start the day at Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks to experience a lesser known, but equally impressive, gem of the Canadian Rockies. We will then step things up with a drive along what National Geographic describes as “one of the world’s most scenic mountain drives”, the Icefields Parkway. This 144-mile route connects Lake Louise with Jasper and has some of the most picturesque mountain vistas to be seen in Canada. En route to the largest icefield south of the arctic circle we will make stops along the way to take in the postcard views of the Crowfoot Glacier and Bow Lake.

Athabasca Glacier

We will then swap the coach for an all-terrain glacier vehicle for a ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier where you can walk on ice that is thousands of years old! This spectacular glacier is 3.7 miles long and measures between 300 and 900 feet thick but is unfortunately shrinking at an incredible rate of about 16 feet a year.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

You’ll enjoy lunch at the Columbia Icefield Center and entrance to the Glacier Skywalk, where you can experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and the adrenalin-inducing walkway over the cliff’s edge where glass is all that separates you from the valley 918 feet below. This evening we will arrive in the authentic mountain town of Jasper and call the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge home for the next 2 nights. This 700-acre mountain resort has welcomed celebrities and royalty over its 100-year history such as Bing Crosby and Marilyn Monroe and more recently Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 2005. Enjoy dinner this evening in the lodge restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Jasper

Maligne Lake

Today we venture into Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. We will wind through the limestone walls of Maligne Canyon to witness the power of water and how it carved the deepest canyon in the park. Next, we continue to Medicine Lake, which disappears into one of the most extensive underground water systems in the world. This afternoon keep an eye out for big horn sheep and caribou as we continue to Maligne Lake where you will embark on “the best boat cruise in Canada” where you’ll get a chance to take a snapshot of one of Canadas most photographed lakes from the famous Spirit Island.

Spirit Island

We end the day back at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where you will have the evening at your leisure. We encourage you to head into the sleepy town of Jasper and brush up with the locals! (B, L)

Day 5 – Jasper to Banff

Banff Gondola

We depart Jasper and head south down the Icefields Parkway, offering you a second opportunity to spot wildlife and take in the stunning scenery from a different angle. You will have time to enjoy the morning calm as you explore the powerful Athabasca Falls and try to spot wildlife. We will then make a stop for free time to grab lunch near the Saskatchewan River Crossing, a fabled river crossing along the fur trade routes of the 19th century. Then, enjoy a breathtaking ride on the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur mountain where you can take in sweeping views of six mountain ranges and the charming town of Banff.

Fairmont Banff Springs

From the summit you can explore the new state-of-the-art interpretive center offering interactive exhibits on Banff National Park, take a stroll on the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk with 360 degree panoramic views, or visit Sanson’s Peak. This peak was named after Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of Sulphur Mountain every week from 1915-1945 to check the weather conditions until he was 84 years old. The Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station is now a National Historic Site of Canada. We end the day at one of the most iconic hotels in Canada, the Fairmont Banff Springs. This historic resort first opened in 1888 as one of the Grand Railway Hotels and was quickly dubbed the “Castle in the Rockies” for its Chateauesque architecture inspired by the chateaus of the Loire Valley in France. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 6 – Banff to Calgary

Surprise Corner

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and begin with a tour to Bow Falls and Surprise Corner, where you can get an excellent photo of the Fairmont Banff Springs in its majestic natural surroundings. You’ll then head into the quintessential mountain town of Banff where you’ll have free time to roam this quaint village with its numerous shops and restaurants. This afternoon we head into Kananaskis country where you’ll be treated to some true Alberta hospitality. Enjoy a wagon ride along the scenic Bow river to where an authentic cowboy cookout awaits you as this evening’s farewell dinner in the wilderness.

Kananaskis Country

Take in these last moments of the fresh mountain air as you return with a full belly via wagon ride and transfer by coach to Calgary for your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 7 – Calgary

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

If you are interested in pairing this land tour with a cruise to Alaska, please see the “Optional Extensions” section.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

Included Features

  • Roundtrip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night land program in Alberta, Canada
    • Calgary, Alberta – 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
    • Lake Louise, Alberta – 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour to Banff and Yoho National Parks
    • Jasper, Alberta – 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of the Icefields parkway and Athabasca Glacier
      • Full-day tour in Jasper National Park
    • Banff, Alberta – 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour to Athabasca Falls and Sulphur Mountain Gondola
      • Half-day tour of Banff
      • Farewell Cowboy Cookout Dinner
  • Tour Leader throughout Alberta, Canada land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights)

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however the distance between these remote locations allows time to enjoy the scenery in the comfort of the coach. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

Physical Activity

Since this Journey takes place in the Canadian Rockies, please refer to the altitude levels of the different areas below. Guests unfamiliar with the effects of high altitude should consult their personal physician.

Location           Elevation          Time Spent in Location

Calgary             3,428 feet         Overnight

Lake Louise      5,249 feet         Overnight

Jasper             3,478 feet         Overnight

Banff                4,537 feet         Overnight

Mt. Sulphur       7,640 feet         Approximately 2 hours

This Enrichment Journey is about enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors and should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Walking a moderate to long distance will be necessary to view natural wonders at certain locations.

Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

This Enrichment Journey exposes you to the western Canadian culture of Alberta, which is similar to the cowboy culture of the western United States. You will also learn about the First Nations, Canada’s term for the indigenous people that have inhabited the area for over a thousand years. An appreciation of the great outdoors and frontier lifestyle will be a focus of this Journey.

You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad.

Unique Factors

Temperatures will change as you travel to different altitudes throughout the day. You will be walking long distances to reach some destinations, so comfortable walking shoes and a walking cane if necessary are suggested.

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Transportation while on tour:

Calgary to Lake Louise: 2-hour coach transfer

Lake Louise to Jasper: 3-hour coach transfer

Jasper to Banff: 3 1/2-hour coach transfer

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

1-night Calgary Extension (pre-tour)

Although the Enrichment Journey begins and ends in Calgary, the itinerary does not include much time in the city. With this optional extension you will arrive to Calgary one day early and stay in the city, giving you time to explore Calgary on your own before starting the Enrichment Journey program. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Calgary with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

1 or 2-night Vancouver Hotel Stay paired with a 7-Night Alaska Cruise (post-tour)

If you wish to pair this 7-day land journey with an Alaskan cruise departing from Vancouver, there are five available options for you below which include:

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Dates & Prices
8/28/2021 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Journey $6,124 $4,899 $1,225 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $200 Houston Intercontinental $200 Philadelphia $200
Charlotte $250 John F. Kennedy $300 Phoenix $250
Denver $150 Los Angeles $150 San Diego $150
Dallas-Ft. Worth $250 Orlando $300 Seattle $125
No Air -$125 Vancouver $0 San Francisco $125
Washington – Dulles $250 Chicago $150 Tampa $250
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
Hyatt Regency Calgary

700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2G 5P6

Telephone: 1-403-717-1234

Whether you’re visiting town for a conference or just passing through on your way to the Canadian Rockies, you’ll find a comfortable retreat at Hyatt Regency Calgary. Venture outside to find the Calgary Tower, TELUS Convention Centre, Scotiabank Saddledome, and Stampede Corral—all just steps away.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada T0L 1E0

Telephone: 1-403-522-3511

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise features breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Elegant and polished, yet relaxed and inviting, this 539 room luxury resort in Banff National Park lives up to the natural wonder with which we share our name. Unwind and enjoy the views from one of the well-appointed guestrooms.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Old Lodge Road, Jasper – Alberta, Canada T0E 1E0

Telephone: 1-780-852-3301

A village of heritage log cabins connected by picturesque paths, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s 442 superbly-appointed guest rooms and luxurious Signature Cabins offer the perfect getaway in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. Enjoy homelike comforts and amenities in the Jasper accommodations, surrounded by incredible views of majestic mountains and the emerald green Lac Beauvert.

Fairmont Banff Springs

405 Spray Avenue, Banff – Alberta, Canada T1L1J4

Telephone: 1-403-762-2211

Fairmont Banff Springs offers all the amenities of a world-class resort, with 757 guest rooms and suites, superbly appointed Banff accommodations and attentive, personalized service. From cozy rooms tucked away in quiet corners of the castle to spacious suites with sweeping Alberta mountain views, Fairmont Banff Springs, has the perfect guest room, suite, or Fairmont Gold accommodations for your Rocky Mountain getaway. Accessible rooms are available.

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to the Grand Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

Canada’s electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets and wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States. The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz.

Local Currency

Canada uses the Canadian Dollar ($), currency code CAD

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping in Canada is similar to the U.S. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00–$12.00 CAD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 CAD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in Canada, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various alpine regions, you will most likely come in contact with cool/cold weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of the US use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Calgary 27/7 31/12 39/19 51/29 61/38 68/46 73/49 71/48 62/40 54/31 37/18 29/10
Lake Louise 27/-3 30/1 38/9 46/22 56/31 63/38 70/40 69/39 59/32 46/23 30/9 20/-2
Jasper 22/5 31/11 41/19 51/28 60/36 67/43 71/47 71/45 61/38 50/30 33/17 23/7
Banff 25/7 32/11 39/18 49/27 58/34 65/41 73/45 72/44 63/36 50/29 33/17 23/7

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Canada: English (below are some differences between Canadian and American English)

  • Washroom: Bathroom
  • Loonie: 1-dollar coin
  • Toonie: 2-dollar coin
  • ABM: ATM
  • Pop: Soda
  • Parkade: Parking Garage
  • Slough: Pond
  • Bunny hug: Hooded Sweatshirt (mainly in Saskatchewan)
  • Canuck: Slang term for a Canadian

Canada: French is also an official language, although mainly spoken in Quebec and eastern Canada

  • Bonjour (Boh(n)-zhoo): Hello
  • Oui (wee): Yes
  • Non (No): No
  • Où sont les toilettes? (Oo soh(n) lay twa-let?): Where are the restrooms
  • Merci (Mare-see): Thank you
  • Je vous en prie (Zhuh vooz ahn pree): You’re welcome
  • S’il vous plaît (Seal voo play): Please
  • Pouvez-vous m’aider? (Poo-vay voo meh – day?): Can you help me?
  • Au revoir (Ah reh-vwarh): Goodbye

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Canada

  • The province of Alberta was established in 1905 and named after the daughter of Queen Victoria.
  • Edmonton was selected as Alberta’s capital for being in the geographical center of the province and is the second largest city behind Calgary.
  • In 1916 Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta granted women the right to vote. The following year, Louise McKinney and Roberta MacAdams became the first women elected to a legislature in the British Empire.
  • Banff is Canada’s oldest national park, being established in 1885.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Alberta: Scoundrels and Scallywags by Brian Brennan
  • Alberta: The Range Men by L.V. Kelly
  • Canadian Rockies: Icefields by Thomas Wharton

Travel Guides

Films

  • Alberta: The Revenant (2015)
  • Alberta: Unforgiven (1992)
  • Canada: 49th Parallel (1941)

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