Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies

July 17–25, 2021

Join the Purdue President’s Council on an 8-night journey through the Canadian Rockies! Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains, glacier-fed lakes, and untamed wilderness while staying in premium hotels. Experience two full days aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service train carriages, and enjoy the large glass-domed windows, outdoor viewing platform, exclusive dining room serving gourmet meals, inclusive beverages and snacks, and commentary provided by onboard attendants.

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Your travel-package registration fee includes support for ongoing adventures, events, and lifelong educational opportunities with the President’s Council family. As a part of your overall price, a $250-per-person, tax-deductible donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund helps underwrite the involvement of Purdue educators and administrators to enhance your personal travel experiences—a benefit exclusive to Purdue President’s Council members.

Highlights and Inclusions:

  • 2 nights at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, a world class luxury hotel located on the city’s dynamic harborfront with easy access to everything that makes Vancouver spectacular
  • 1 night in Kamloops located in the heart of British Columbia’s interior
  • 2 nights at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier, and a glistening emerald lake
  • 2 nights at the Rimrock Resort Hotel located in the heart of Banff National Park offering exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, unmatched style, décor, and superb hospitality
  • 1 night at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, a historical landmark with distinctive accommodation in elegant surroundings centrally located in downtown Calgary
  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer enjoying award-winning GoldLeaf service with awe-inspiring views from the panoramic windows of a bi-level glass dome coach
  • President’s Council Welcome Reception at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels and onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Additional meals include two lunches onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, one lunch in Banff, and one dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with a variety of local cuisine
  • Custom land package including the highlights of Vancouver & the North Shore, the Columbia Icefields, stunning mountain towns, and all the best that Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer
  • Sightseeing with experienced local English-speaking guides, Canada National Parks pass, all entrance fees, deluxe private coach transportation, all taxes, and service charges
  • Private group transfers in deluxe coach and baggage handling
  • Gratuities for onboard train hosts, guides, drivers, and all included meals
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks staff

Optional Pre-Tour Package:

Victoria, British Columbia | July 15–17, 2021

Can’t wait to start your Canadian adventure? Experience the delights of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, on this exclusive Purdue President’s Council Pre-Tour. Explore this relatively quiet city packed with more museums, history, restaurants, and shops than many urban areas twice its size.

Itinerary:

Saturday, July 17, 2021 // Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia

Upon arriving in Vancouver, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon exploring this scenic city on your own. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a President’s Council Welcome Reception.

Overnight: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (R)

Sunday, July 18, 2021 // Vancouver

Enjoy a wonderful overview of the Pacific Northwest on tour of Vancouver and the adjacent North Shore. Wind through downtown, Gastown, and the Lions Gate Bridge. Visit Granville Island, snap photos from the Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck and admire Stanley Park’s famous indigenous peoples’ story poles. The teetering Capilano Suspension Bridge and the glass floors of the Cliffwalk will make your hair rise. Stop at Grouse Mountain for a ride on the breathtaking Red Super Skyride before you’re transported back to Vancouver. Dinner is on your own

Overnight: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (B)

Monday, July 19, 2021 // Vancouver to Kamloops via the Rocky Mountaineer                 

Early this morning board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.

Breakfast and lunch are served onboard. Our day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops in the early evening. Enjoy free time and dinner on your own in the city of Kamloops.

Overnight in Kamloops (B, L)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 // Kamloops to Lake Louise via the Rocky Mountaineer                                       

Early in the morning, we board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station to continue our journey east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes, and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Breakfast and lunch are served onboard. Our rail journey ends upon arrival in Lake Louise in the early evening. Enjoy free time, dinner on your own, and overnight in Lake Louise.

Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B, L)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 // Lake Louise: Icefields and Glaciers             

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing via deluxe coach on a full-day tour. Travel along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you journey to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. At the Columbia Icefield Centre, time is provided for lunch on your own after you have had a chance to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure.

Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Afterward, stop at Glacier Skywalk for gorgeous views over Sunwapta Valley before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B, D)

Thursday, July 22, 2021 // Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and time at leisure to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own.

After lunch on your own, a half-day tour takes us into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour we continue to Banff.

Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B)

Friday, July 23, 2021 // Banff at Leisure

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B)

Saturday, July 24, 2021 // Banff to Calgary

After breakfast at the hotel, depart on a morning sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. The Banff Gondola is a spectacular eight-minute gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree views of the Banff townsite and its surrounding mountains. After lunch at a local restaurant, depart Banff by deluxe coach for your transfer to Calgary.

Continue to Calgary with a visit to the Calgary Tower prior to hotel check-in and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Fairmont Palliser Hotel (B, L)

Sunday, July 25, 2021 // Depart Calgary
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the Calgary International Airport for your flight home.

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(R=Reception, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

$6,900 per person // based on double occupancy
$9,725 per person // based on single occupancy

Space is limited—Register today!

Required Deposit: $1,500 per person for double occupancy and $2,500 for single occupancy

Second Payment: 50% of the remaining invoice balance is due by December 10, 2020

Final Payment: Friday, April 16, 2021

Optional Pre-Tour Package: Pricing to be announced!

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.

Airfare is not included. Global Tracks will book your air arrangements for a $75 ticketing fee, or you may choose to handle your own reservation.

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the tour.

Travel Insurance:  Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out herein, including but not limited to the Cancellation terms.  Total Fare calculation includes Rocky Mountaineer fare, pre- or post-trip package and extended land programs.  Airfare and Travel Insurance are non-refundable once ticketed/purchased.

Cancellation & Penalty Schedule  Penalty Applicable
From time of deposit until March 31, 2020 $500 per guest penalty
From April 1, 2020 to December 10, 2020 $1,500 per guest penalty
From December 11, 2020 to April 16, 2021 50% of total fare per guest penalty
After April 16, 2021 100% of total fare per guest penalty