Dinosaur Provincial Park

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  • Located in a valley noted for its badland topography
  • The park is known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world
  • 58 dinosaur species have been discovered in the park
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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  • Buffalo jump located where the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie
  • Museum of Blackfoot culture
  • Dedicated to preserving Aboriginal culture and promoting relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Banff National Park

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  • Canada’s oldest national park established in 1885
  • Located in the Rocky Mountains with glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes
  • The mountains were formed from sedimentary rocks that were pushed over newer rock strata, between 80 and 55 million years ago
  • Erosion from water and ice have carved the mountains into their current shapes
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Jasper National Park

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  • Largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
  • The park includes glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

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  • Park located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • Name comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Canmore Cave Tours

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  • Caving tour offered at Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore

 

Francis Winspear Centre for Music

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  • Performing arts center home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Named after Dr. Francis G. Winspear who donated $6 million to the construction of the facility
  • The donation is the single largest private donation to the performing arts facility in Canadian history
  • Opened in 1997

 

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  • Scenic road that parallels the Continental Divide and the Canadian Rockies
  • Named for features in the Columbia Icefield, visible from the parkway
  • Constructed as a Great Depression relief project, the road was made by hand and employed 600 men in order to employ as many people as possible
  • Snow can be expected at any time of the year

 

Canadian Badlands Passion Play

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  • Play following the life, death and resurrection of Jesus found in the Gospels through drama and music
  • Performed annually since 1994
  • Takes place in a natural amphitheater in Drumheller Valley
  • The location was chosen due to the similarity to the Israeli countryside surrounding Jerusalem, as well as for the natural acoustics

 

Moraine Lake

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  • Glacially fed lake that reflects a distinctive shade of blue
  • The color is due to the refraction of light off rock flour deposited into the lake on a continual basis

 


 

Costs

all flights $282

food $35/day x 12 days = $420

hotel $66/day x 11 days = $726

tickets (all attractions) $264

TOTAL for whole itinerary $1,692