EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO BANFF, CANADA

BE A CANADIAN ADVENTURER

[TRIP LENGTH: 7 DAYS]

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs.

On this school trip to Banff, Canada students  will learn about glaciers, rocky mountain ecology and have a chance to help with conservation programs. Situated on the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known for its exceptional natural beauty coupled with a manifestation of important glacial and alluvial geological processes, this part of the Rockies is the perfect place to teach students about geology and Northern Rocky Mountain Ecology.  Students will learn how to live like a Canadian explorer while taking on the Norther Rockies, learning how play hockey and experiencing native people cultural programs.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Calgary, Alberta

You will have a team orientation with your Appleseed guide.  If time permits, you will take a walking tour of downtown Calgary

Day 2 – Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Today the student group will experience this famous Canadian Native Peoples cultural center. Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, you will discover one of the world’s oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps. The Jump bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years.  Activities include learning how to make tools, crafts and other native hunting material.  Group could possibly participate in a stomp dance or other group activity.

 Day 3 – Play Hockey Like a Canadian and Explore the Canmore Caves

Lace up in the Canmore Eagles locker room and under the supervision of their coach, students will learn the basics of Canadian Hockey and participate in a real game.  Later, your group will explore the famous Canmore caves with a professional geologist.

Day 4 – Explore and Volunteer at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Gain a better understanding of Canadian wild wolves and their predator/ prey behavior. Later in the day you will help ecologists and veterinarians care for these species.  In the evening your group will have a night star gazing program.

 Day 5 – Go to New Heights on the Via Ferrata

With the supervision of a certified rock climbing guide, the school group will take an adventure across sheer cliffs and rock faces as they are tied in to their guides.  Climbing is not up the sides but along the tops of the mountains.  Students will climb fixed ladders, bridges and cables at the top of the Canadian Rockies.

 Day 6 – Experience a Working Ranch

Your group will be involved in touring all the working stations of a working ranch from corrals to the barns.  Later, take a trail ride followed by a real western cookout under the stars.

Day 7 – Head Home

 If time allows, take in some shopping before heading home.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.