September 18-22, 2023 Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Banff and Jasper National Parks Columbia Icefields Parkway
Canadian Rockies & Pacific Northwest
September 8-22, 2023
Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Banff and Jasper National Parks Columbia Icefields Parkway
Canadian Rockies & Pacific Northwest September 10-24, 2021
Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Banff and Jasper National Parks Columbia Icefields Parkway Two Days on the Rocky Mountaineer Train - Overnight in Kamloops "Journey Through the Clouds" from Jasper, Alberta to Vancouver, BC; Plus... Washington, Idaho, Montana & North Dakota
A Full Passport Book is highly recommended - Singles are very limited if at all available, on the 2023 tour. At the time this was prepared, everyone had to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 to cross into Canada (9/13/22) (To Upgrade the Rocky Mountain Train to a GOLD Seating, is $1000 per person additional. We have a limited number of Gold Seats Available)
Your eyes won’t believe the spectacle of nature that has brought millions of visitors annually to the Canadian Rockies. Radiant cliffs, rugged mountains, national parks, and forests are all part of this majestic tour through Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. The Rocky Mountaineer is also part of this magnificent adventure! You'll "Journey Through the Clouds" from Jasper to Vancouver, British Columbia with an overnight in Kamloops. Join us on this 15 day tour through North America's most scenic journey.
DELUXE MOTORCOACH TRANSPORTATION from Northeast, Central, and Southern MN Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Virginia, Eveleth, Duluth, Sartell, Rice, Baxter, Little Falls, Burnsville and Owatonna 14 NIGHTS LODGING: In Canada: Winnipeg, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; Calgary, Banff, Jasper Alberta; Kamloops and Vancouver, British Columbia. In U.S.A: Leavenworth, WA; Missoula and Billings, Montana, Medora, North Dakota HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS 15 DAY ADVENTURE: Winnipeg, Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Columbia Icefield Parkway, Rocky Mountaineer Train, Vancouver, Ferry to Vancouver Island (Butchart Gardens), Grand Coulee Dam Visitors Center & Film, McDonald's Pass Scenic Byway, Teddy Roosevelt Nat'l Park TRAIN: Rocky Mountaineer - Two Days - from Jasper to Vancouver, BC - Silver Leaf Class 20 MEALS: 13 Breakfasts- 3 Dinners and 4 Lunches LUGGAGE HANDLING – MOST TIPS – FULLY GUIDED
Deposits/ Payments: $350 per person is due with registration and becomes non-refundable after Dec 1, 2022. Final payment: Due June 8, 2023. Cancellations: Cancellations from June 8, 2023 - July 8, 2023 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives from hotels, tour companies, restaurants, charters, etc… There are no refunds with cancellations made after July 8, 2023. Payment may be made with personal check, money orders, bank drafts or credit cards – All U.S. Funds. Trip Cancellation Insurance: Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. It can offer financial security as well as peace of mind. Pre-existing are waived when insurance is purchased within 12 days of your initial deposit paid. We'll be happy to send you a brochure. Call us with questions.
A few other things to know about the 2023 Canadian Rockies / Pacific Northwest Tour:
Current U.S. Passport: This tour requires everyone to have a United State Passport with an expiration date SIX months after the tour returns. So in this case, your expiration date on your passport should not be earlier than March 2023. Though passport cards are acceptable to cross the U.S. and Canadian borders by vehicle, should you become ill and have to fly home from the Canadian side, a passport card cannot be used at an airport. We highly recommend full U.S. Passports but the decision is yours. You decide what works best for you. Your reservation form must include correct spelling to match your passport and your passport 9 digit number and expiration date.
Covid Vaccination: At the time this brochure was prepared, people crossing the border into Canada have to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19.
Reservations: Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation is held without a financial deposit made.
Meals: We have included many meals in this tour package. Tips are included for all meals arranged by Happy Trails. Most restaurants will be sit-down style but you will notice on occasion to save time, we'll stop at fast-food restaurants.
Hotels:The hotels are very nice – 3 & 4 Star - Occasionally we may get a property that does not have an elevator. Let us know if you need a first-floor room IF no elevator is available. All rooms booked are non-smoking. Most properties along this journey offer coin-operated laundry. Some may not offer luggage handling due to staffing issues. We reserve the right to change a hotel property if we feel it benefits the entire group.
Fully Guided with Professional Drivers and Tour Managers: Not to worry - you’re in good hands! Our tour manager is very personable and will greet each of you as they take great care in operating a well organized tour. Our driver is caring, professional, personable and very experienced!
Dress Code & How to Pack: As far as dress code, the tour is comfortable and casual - Pack good walking shoes. Bring along a light weight jacket. Bring sunscreen and a hat.
Luggage: Pack one suitcase each. In most cases, your suitcase is delivered each night to your rooms by the porter. (Tips are included). NOTE: With so many staffing shortages, we may stay at a property that can not promise luggage handling. You may bring a carry-on bag, as well, on board. Carry-on bags are handled by yourself. Do not make them heavier than what you can carrry. Pack a swimming suit if you enjoy the pool, bring a camera, a raincoat, & an umbrella. It is wise to pack an alarm clock, too, as sometimes a glitch occurs for wake-up calls from the front desk. Please do not bring coolers on board. We make ample stops for breaks.
The Coach/ Seat Rotation: The coach is a 56 passenger motorcoach with reclining seats, big windows, restroom, TV’, CD & DVD and chartered through Trobec’s Bus Company, St Stephens. The coach has seatbelts, cup holders and spacious leg room. It also has a restroom, microphone. Limited Wi-Fi & 110 outlets are also offered. We do not rotate seats so you will keep the seat you have throughout the tour. If you have a special need for seating, kindly let us know in advance. We will pre-assign your seat according to physical need and the date of registration. We stop every 2 - 3 hours for breaks. PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes we end up on a stretch of road/interstate that may prevent us from stopping exactly at 2.5 or 3 hours. We do our best to accommodate but remember…there’s also a restroom on board IF you need it. Thank you for your understanding. Shuttles For Our Friends From Central MN - Baxter-Little Falls-Sartell-Twin Cities AREA: Sometimes, if an area where we promised to be a boarding location, falls short in numbers, you may have to join the group along the route in a nearby town. A smaller shuttle vehicle may also be used depending on the numbers. By smaller vehicle, we mean a car, van or an SUV owned and operated by the bus chartering company and driven by a professional driver.
Special Needs:Be sure to let us know of any special needs...such as diet, walking, stairs, allergies or motion sickness, etc…. If you use a wheelchair, walker (one with a seat is best) or a scooter, please let us know. Please refrain from using strong cologns or perfumes while on board the coach. So many folks have allergies and we want everyone comfortable while traveling. Diabetics are encouraged to bring along some little snacks as we cannot always promise meal breaks on schedule though we do our best to. Remember we are also moving into Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. So pack accordingly. This tour is manageable for folks with limited walking or special needs. There are very limited long distances to walk. It does not include hiking, though there may be short walks to some of the overlooks. It may be challenging if you need a wheelchair or scooter. Ask you doctor if your health can manage traveling in high mountain elevations.
Tipping:The tour includes tips for luggage handling, meals and step-on-guides who step on board the coach and included meals. Tips are not included for your driver & on board travel host. It is customary to tip them at the end of the tour.
On Board Activities: We play movies, play games, listen to CDs & tell stories as we pass the time along while traveling. If you have a cute joke or story (and it’s appropriate for all audiences!) then we invite you to use the microphone and share your humor with all on board.
Schedule Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. Sometimes changes occur beyond our control. If a change occurs, we’ll replace it something of equal value. We have no control over any of the attractions listed in this flyer nor can we control hotels, tour companies (other than our own); restaurants and theaters.
Disclaimer:Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
Canadian Rockies with Train - September 8-22, 2023
Sept 8th - Day 1 Begin Your Journey on the Canadian Rockies Tour
Central Minnesota (Sartell, Little Falls and Baxter) 6:00 am- Sartell AmericInn Motel - 119 Le Sauk Drive - Phone: (320-259-0877) 6:35 am- Little Falls - Walmart - 15091 18th Street NE (320-632-9268) 7:10 am- Baxter - Walmart - McDonalds - 7295 Glory Road - (218-829-5510) *Note: For those boarding in Central MN, your driver looks forward to greeting each of you early on Friday morning. We have scheduled a breakfast break for you in Baxter at the #371 Cafe. You will also have another quick comfort stop at the Cenex Station when you join the rest of the group in Bemidji. · Northeast Minnesota (Duluth, Eveleth, Virginia, Hibbing, Grand Rapids) 5:20 am- Duluth Miller Hill - Between Culvers Restaurant & the Mall Building 6:25 am -Eveleth Super Eight - 1080 Industrial Park (218-744-1661) 6:45 am- Virginia Village Inn - 1500 13th Street South (218-749-8289) 7:15 am- Hibbing Hampton Inn – 4225 9 AV W (218-262-000) Note: For those boarding in Northeast, MN, your tour manager will be boarding the coach at the Duluth stop and your tour manager looks forward to greeting you. You will have your breakfast in Grand Rapids at 8 am. 8:45 am- Grand Rapids Country Kitchen(625 Pokegama Ave- 218-326-9618) 9:00 am-The bus departs Grand Rapids and continues to Bemidji to meet the rest of our Happy Trails Travelers! · Note: For our folks from Northern Minnesota ... International Falls - You will join us in Bemidji, MN. 10:15 am- Bemidji Cenex Station (71 & U.S. Hwy 2 - # 218-751-1830) 12:45 pm- Grand Forks, North Dakota - Lunch, payin g on own. Once we get all of our early morning stops behind us... we'll begin to get serious about traveling northwest to Winnipeg, Canada. We've adjusted our routing to improve the timing so those of you getting on in the earliest hours could leave a bit later making your day a little shorter. After our lunch, we'll travel straight north along I-29 to Pembina / Emerson where we'll cross the boarder. Be sure to have your passports ready. Double check them before you leave home to be sure they are current. (A new passport can look very similar to your expired passports). Put your seats back, get to know one another and enjoy your first day of your Canadian Rockies Adventure! We have a restful evening planned tonight. This property offers a delightful restaurant in house and is local favorite. 5:30 pm- Arrive to the BW Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel.
Hotel:BW Plus Winnipeg Airport - 1715 Wellington Ave- Winnipeg, Manitoba PHONE: 204-775-9889 The hotel porter will bring your suitcase to your rooms and tips have already been included in your package. They have an elevator, full service restaurant, fitness center, indoor heated pool and a lounge. They have two queens or one king bed coffeemakers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards in the rooms. Enjoy the rest of the evening and dinner at your leisure, paying on your own.
Sept 9th - Day 2 A Bit of Time in Winnipeg before traveling West to Regina, Saskatchewan 6:30 am - 9:00 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. (9:00 am - Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter) (350 Miles) 9:00 am- We are going to leave the morning open for folks to explore as they wish. The hotel is located downtown within walking distance of shopping, museums and more. Be sure to get lunch, paying on own before we begin our journey westward to Regina. 12:00 pm- Begin traveling west through Manitoba and on into Saskatchewan to Regina (about 350 miles away). A comfort stop will be made along our westward journey on the Trans Canadian Highway #1. 7:00 pm- (Central Time) Estimated arrival Regina, Saskatchewan.
Hotel:BW Seven Oaks, 777 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan PHONE: 306-757-0121 The BW Seven Oaks offer a mix of rooms with two queen beds and single king beds. They also have an elevator, indoor pool, laundry facilities, Keurig coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards and hair dryers. They also offer free Wi-Fi. They have a full-service restaurant in house, as well.
Sept 10th - Day 3 Continue Westward on Trans Canadian Highway to Calgary, Alberta 6:30 am - 8:30 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. 7:30 am- Set your luggage outside your door for the porter. (470 Miles) 8:30 am- Wheels are rolling as we continue west into the beautiful province of Alberta, Canada. We'll move into Mountain Time at the border. We'll travel through the prairie lands of Saskatchewan and Alberta today. Comfort stops will be made as the day progresses. We are about 475 miles to Calgary, which is about an 8 plus hour day of travel. 6:30 pm- (Mountain Time) Estimated arrival Calgary, Alberta. Hotel: Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, 2481 39th Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta PHONE: 403-250-1800 This property is located outside of town near the airport. They offer a mix of rooms with two queen beds and single king beds. Also have an elevator, indoor pool, laundry facilities, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards and hair dryers. There is a nice Chili's Restaurant or a Tim Horton's' right next door.
Sept 11th-Day 4 Beautiful Calgary and Banff National Park 6:30 am -8:30 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. 7:30 am- Set your luggage outside your doors for the porters. (80 Miles) We'll begin the day with a delightful City Tour of Calgary before continuing our way through the Kananaskis Valley on to beautiful Banff National Park. Relax and enjoy the amazing scenery as we travel into the beautiful Rocky Mountains! 2:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Banff, Alberta. Hotel: Best Western Siding 29 Lodge - 453 Marten Street, Banff Phone: 403-762-5575 Many restaurants and shops are located within walking distance of this beautiful hotel (3 blocks from historic downtown) The rest of this day is at your leisure. All the rooms at this property offer two queen size beds in the rooms (no kings). This property has indoor pool, elevator, breakfast in the morning, laundry facilities, high speed internet, coffeemakers in the rooms. We'll be here two nights. .
Sept 12th-Day 5 Beautiful Lake Louise 6:30 - 8:15 am- Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge (We have to depart a little earlier this morning to make our Lake Louise appointments). 9:30 am- Depart for Lake Louise for the day's activities. 10:30 am- Arrive to the City of Lake Louise - for our 10:45 am Lake Louise Gondola Ride. We've included a delightful experience where you'll cruise for fourteen glorious minutes in an open chair or a fully enclosed gondola to one of the Banff National Park's greatest views! From 2088 m (6850ft), the spectacular scenery is just stunning. One of the most stunning views will be the lovely Lake Louise! We will have our buffet lunch after our gondola rides, included, and then continue a short drive to along the border of British Columbia north along Hwy #93 to the Chateau Lake Louise, Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness". It’s here where we’ll spend a bit of time exploring, taking photos and breathing in some of North America’s most amazing beauty. The Chateau Lake Louise, is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake. This iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park. 4:30 pm- Board the coach and return to lovely Best Western Siding 29 Lodge for the rest of the day to enjoy as per your own agenda.
Sept 13th - Day 6 The Columbia Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier and Jasper National Park
6:30 am - 7:30 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. 6:30 am- Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter. (180 Miles) 7:30 am- Be on board the coach and begin another amazing day through Banff National Park to Jasper National Park! Today you’ll journey along the unforgettable Columbia Icefields Parkway. Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas! Reflect on this inspiring landscape at Peyto Lake, a turquoise glacier-fed treasure. At the Columbia Icefield, ride across a mass of glacial ice over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Then, take a guided walk on the Skywalk to experience breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and the dramatic landscape from the glass floored platform. As you continue down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots & stately elk. 5:30 pm- Estimated arrival to Jasper, Alberta Please stay tuned as we work out the details as to which property we will be staying at. Our lovely accommodations will be nestled amidst the spectacular mountain ranges nearby beautiful Jasper National Park. Since it’s only 2022, many properties in Jasper are still working out the details for 2023 groups. Thank you for your patience! Be prepared to be “Wowed” by whatever place we lay our heads. This is Jasper! It’s sure to a most lovely and picturesque property.
Sept 14th - Day 7 TWO DAYS on the Rocky Mountaineer Train - "Journey Through the Clouds"
Jasper. Kamloops. Vancouver, British Columbia 6:15 am- Set your luggage outside your door. Your tour manage will provide you with a Rocky Mountaineer Luggage Tag the night before that you will secure on to your main suitcase. 7:15 am- Check out of the Mount Robson Inn and travel to the train station. 7:30 am- Begin the check -in process for your "Journey Through the Clouds" 8:10 am- "All Aboard" the Rocky Mountaineer Train
Things to know before we go on the Rocky Mountaineer Train Pack for all weather conditions including layering your clothing. Alpine weather conditions can include cool temperatures. Pack accordingly. Flat shoes are suggested for the train because of the natural movement of the train.
For your comfort, we recommend that you bring a day pack or bag which is small enough to fit at your feet on board the train as there is no overhead or under seat storage. You will not have access to your checked luggage.
PLEASE bring on board the following: a hat/cap and sunglasses for sunny days in the dome. All medications, valuables, travel documents and personal items. You may also wish to bring aboard a tablet, mobile device, headphones, camera and extra batteries.
Please note: limited electrical outlets are available on the train. WiFi internet access is NOT available on board the train and much of the route is out of cell phone range as the train travels through remote parts.
No one piece of luggage may weigh more than 50 pounds. Guests are prohibited from carrying firearms, flammable, hazardous, illegal or radio active materials and food items. Please pack your fragile and breakable items with care as Rocky Mountaineer is not responsible for any damaged personal property.
Smoking is prohibited on the train including E-cigarettes. This includes vestibules, restroom inside the station, the platforms or near the tracks. Each station has a designated smoking area.
Currency and on board purchases including Rocky Mountaineer merchandise may be paid with major credit cards. No cash, checks or debit cards are accepted.
Happy Trails Tours has the Silver Leaf Dining which includes are: Enjoy group block seating and panoramic views through oversized windows in the single level dome coach; relax in roomy reclining seats; indulge in delicious breakfast and lunches which are served seat side with a choice of hot entree's and enjoy complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic and snacks served seat side while being entertained by storytelling from Rocky Mountaineer hosts.
Today’s highlights: Include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass & the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops- ETA to be announced. Travel through scenic valleys, the Coast Mountains range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water rapids and dramatic landscape. You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls, and hopefully see wildlife on the way. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer only travels during daylight hours so that you don't miss a single thing! Our journey today onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Note: Once we depart Jasper and cross over by train into British Columbia, we'll move into Pacific Time and gain one hour.
5:30 - 7:30 pm - Expected Arrival to Kamloops. The Rocky Mountaineer will transfer us to the hotel by motor coach. Hotel: Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre - 650 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC # 250-374-1999 The Rocky Mountaineer may use a different property in Kamloops. If they do, we will announce that prior to departure and confirm. This is a full-service property where you can get dinner, paying on your own. Our luggage will be transferred to the hotel.
Rocky Mountaineer RR: "All Good Things Come in Moving Packages" Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It's the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. And your job aboard our all-dome fleet? To indulge in the most luxurious journey you've ever experienced. It's a tall order, but you're moving in the right direction.
Sept 15th - Day 8 "Journey Through the Clouds - Vancouver, British Columbia ______ am- Set your luggage outside your door. Be sure you have your luggage tag on your luggage. (The time to have your luggage ready for pick up will be posted in the lobby of the hotel.) ______ am- The motor coach transfer from the hotel lobby is also posted in the lobby of the hotel. 7:35 am- Board the train for the 2nd day of our "Journey Through the Clouds" to Vancouver, BC.
Breakfast and lunch are served on board the train. Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. Today, we will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Vancouver, British Columbia (The Rocky Mountaineer cannot say exactly what time you'll arrive so this an estimate.) Our motor coach charter will be the Pacific Coach Company, who will bring us to our hotel. This is where will re-join up with our Trobec driver. Our luggage will be waiting for us in Vancouver at the train station. Specifics on how the luggage is handled will be announced ~ we may have to personally handle our own bags when bringing them to the motor coach for our transfer to the hotel. Hotel: The Georgian Court Hotel - 773 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Phone: 604-609-2203 The Georgian Court Hotel is ideally situated in downtown Vancouver steps away from BC Place, Rogers Arena, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Robson Street international shopping, Yaletown dining and historic Gastown. This intimate 4-star boutique hotel features 48” flat screen TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, robes, slippers and in-room Yoga mats. Additional benefits include complimentary WiFi Internet access, 24h fitness centre and whirlpool. You will be here for the next three nights. NOTE: You will be responsible for your breakfast the day we depart for Vancouver Island.
Sept 16th - Day 9 Beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia for the Next Three Nights NOTE: It is possible that the next two days might be reversed. We are waiting to see what appointment might best fit our group schedule for the Vancouver Ferry that crosses to Vancouver Island. If we do reverse these days, we will announce this on board the coach. 7:00-10:00- Breakfast is served at the hotel. 10:00 am - Board the coach and begin a delightful Vancouver Area City Tour of this amazing city! Enjoy a sightseeing tour beginning at Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Meet a member of the Stanley Park Ecological Society and learn about the Young Naturalist program supported by the Collette Foundation, as well as other conservation and preservation efforts. Visit Chinatown – one of the largest in North America. Your next stop isGastown, a turn-of-the-century town comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques, and its world-famous steam-powered clock which is perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. 2:00 pm- Return to the hotel where you can relax and take the rest of the day at your leisure.
Sept 17th - Day 10 Ferry to Vancouver Island ~ Butchart Gardens 7:00 am- Restaurant opens. We won't likely have time to eat before leaving for the boat dock. They do serve breakfast on ferry. 7:30 am- The bus departs for the Bay Ferry Terminal for Vancouver Island. (This may change due to scheduling of the Ferry for 2023) A scenic ferry crossing transports you to Vancouver Island to visit the incomparable and lovely Butchart Gardens. Set on over 55 acres, Butchart Gardens are among the world's most beautiful and are a veritable explosion of color and fragrances. Then, take a short sightseeing tour of the "City of Gardens," Victoria, and enjoy leisure time to explore this charming, seaside city. This evening you will journey back to the mainland via a short ferry ride. 9:00 pm- Return to the hotel for the well-deserved night's rest.
Sept 18th - Day 11 Crossing the B.C. & U.S. Border / Traveling to Leavenworth, Washington 7:00 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. Set your luggage outside your door at 7 am when you go to breakfast. (200 Miles) 7:00 am- We depart Vancouver and travel into the United States - Have your passports ready as we cross B.C/ U.S. Border. We'll continue our way south until we come to Monroe before traveling east on Hwy #2 though the Cascade Mountain Range. We'll cross through Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest over Gunn Peak (6240 Ft) and Steven's Pass (4055 Ft) to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. This little Pacific Northwest gem is nested in the Wenatchee Mountains / Cashmere Mountain Ranges. 3:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Leavenworth, Washington. Hotel: Bavarian Lodge - 810 U.S. #2, Leavenworth, Washington Phone: 509-888-8808 This little Bavarian mountain village is a real gem! The rooms offer either two queen beds or one king. They have a heated outdoor pool, an elevator, coffeemakers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards in each room. They also have a delightful pub and restaurant in house. They are within walking distance of all the shops on the main street. Hopefully the stores stay open a little later today so that you can enjoy a bit of shopping before they close.
Sept 19th - Day 12 The Rocky Mountains of the Pacific Northwest / Missoula, MT 6:30-8:30 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel / 7:30 am - Set your luggage outside the door for the porter. (390 Miles) 8:30 am- The coach departs Leavenworth.
Today on our way out of town, we'll make a stop at the Coulee Dam Visitors Center. We'll enjoy a short film and see the exhibits as well as a nice overlook of the dam. After our tour, we'll head south on I-174 to Highway #2 and continue straight east until we arrive to Spokane ~ Next we'll go east on #90 to the Washington - Idaho border. Enjoy the picturesque view while we drive through the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains and on through Coeur d' Alane, Shoshone and Lolo National Forests. Comfort stops will be made as the day rolls along. We'll continue #90 direct to Missoula. 6:30 pm- (Mountain Time) Estimated arrival to Missoula, Montana.
Hotel: BW Grant Creek Inn - 5280 Grand Creek Road, Missoula, Montana Phone 406-543-0700 Beautiful property with either two queens or one king bed, coffeemakers, hair dryers, irons and boards, free Wi-Fi, an elevator, an indoor pool, hot tub, coin operated laundry and nearby restaurants within walking distance.
Sept 20th - Day 13 Big Sky Montana ~ McDonald's Pass Scenic Byway ~ Billings, Montana 6:00 - 7:00 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. 6:00 am - Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter. (340 Miles) 7:00 am- Say good-bye to Missoula and travel to Billings, Montana. As we travel east on I-90, the scenery will be spectacular! Once we hit Garrison, we'll travel along I-#12, one of Montana's Scenic Byways that crosses over the "Continental Divide" at "McDonald's Pass" (6362 Feet) on our way to the states capital, Helena. We'll have lunch along the way, and then continue to Billings, Montana. Stay awake and keep your cameras ready! 7:00 pm - Estimated arrival to Billings, Montana. Hotel: Hampton Inn - 3550 Ember Lane, Billings, Montana Phone: 406-656-7511 The Hampton Inn offers King and double queen beds, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards and hairdryers. They also have a coin-operated laundry, an elevator, indoor pool, free W-Fi and two very nice restaurants right next door to the hotel.
Sept 21st - Day 14 Teddy Roosevelt National Park and Medora, North Dakota 6:00 - 7:00 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. 6:00 am - Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter. (280 Miles) 7:00 am- Say good-bye to Billings and travel to Medora, North Dakota. We'll leave bright and early from Billings and travel east along I- 90 / to I-94 through the state of Montana to North Dakota. Once we cross the border into North Dakota, we'll arrive to Medora around 12:30 pm. After lunch, we'll visit Teddy Roosevelt National Park~ Theodore Roosevelt first came to the badlands on a hunting trip in September 1883. Enchanted by the landscape and its wildlife, he invested in two cattle ranches, the Maltese Cross and the Elkhorn. The experience was influential on his life, philosophy, and politics. "I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota," he said. A major feature of the South Unit is the Scenic Loop Drive. Pullouts and interpretive signs explain park features and allow visitors to enjoy scenic views and wildlife along this paved 36-mile drive. Get ready to see one of the most beautiful painted canyons in America! Oh ... a watch out for wandering buffalo along the trail. 6:00 pm- Estimate arrival to our hotel. Hotel: Rough Rider's Hotel- Medora, North Dakota Phone: 800-633-6721 This property is located nearby shopping and easy walking to the little western town of Medora. All rooms have two queen beds in them, they have an elevator, indoor pool, coffeemaker, hair dryer, irons and ironing boards in all rooms. We'll take folks out for dinner tonight. Dinner is included tonight at the Rough Rider’s Hotel in the Medora Room.
Sept 22nd - Day 15 Homeward Bound With Many Fond Memories! 6:00 am- Breakfast is served at the hotel. / 6:00 am- Set your luggage outside your door when you go to breakfast. My dear Happy Trails Friends.... our property here in Medora does not have porters this early in the morning so unfortunately, we may need a little assistance with your luggage. IF you can help out a bit, we sure would appreciate it. This property does have an elevator and we've asked that they put us all on the lower level, if possible. 6:45 am- Board the coach. We have a full day of traveling with comfort stops as needed. We'll travel straight east on I-94 through Fargo. We'll have our lunch in Fargo and also use this same venue to meet the Central MN shuttle transportation for those folks continuing south to Baxter, Little Falls and Sartell. Once we say good-bye to each other, the main motor coach will continue east to Grand Rapids & the Iron Range and Duluth. Estimated Arrival Home to the Northeast: 7 pm to Rapids; 8:30 pm to Hibbing; 9 pm to Virginia; 9:15 pm to Eveleth and 10:15 pm to Duluth. Estimated Arrival Home to Central: 5:30 pm to Baxter; 6:00 pm to Little Falls; 6:45 pm to Sartell/ St Cloud area.