A sampling of world-class Canadian resorts combined with breathtaking scenery highlight this 7-day journey into the Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by two Orbridge Expedition Leaders, find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway. Ride on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies in a private Ice Explorer, cruise to world-famous Spirit Island, and get a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Return to the region's premier resort lodgings for a guided nature walk nearby, or simply relax and enjoy the comforts these exceptional resorts have to offer.
* Discover the epic natural beauty of Canada's Banff National Park, overnighting at beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
* Admire stunning views along Icefields Parkway; and ride a specially designed Ice Explorer onto the Columbia Icefield to photograph and walk the ice.
* At Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, fresh mountain air and forest trails beckon. A narrated cruise on the glacial blue waters of Maligne Lake brings you to spectacular viewpoints.
* Ascend Sulphur Mountain on a scenic gondola ride, and find luxurious comfort in pristine wilderness at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Day 1: Arrive in Calgary
Day 2: Calgary / Lake Louise
Day 3: Lake Louise / Icefields Parkway / Jasper
Day 4: Jasper / Maligne Lake
Day 5: Jasper / Banff
Day 6: Banff
Day 7: Banff / Depart Calgary
Optional 3 night post-tour: Banff to Vancouver by rail
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Moderate - Most of the program's activities take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain. Guests should be able to get in and out of a motorcoach without assistance and be sure-footed on frozen or ice-covered terrain.
James Wright is President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College. The son of a WW II veteran, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1957 at age 17 for three years before entering Wisconsin State University-Platteville for his bachelor's degree, and a masters and doctoral degree in United States history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He joined the faculty of Dartmouth in 1969. As a teacher he taught courses in American history including the highly popular "History of the American West." Much of his early scholarship was on western history, including serving in the 1970s as senior historian for an award winning public television series on the Great Plains. From 1998 to 2009, Wright served as the college's 16th president.
Wright is the author or editor of seven books. Following his presidential service he has lectured and written on those who have served in the country's wars. His most recent book, Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War (St. Martin's Press, April 2017), focuses on the "baby boomer" generation who served in the Vietnam War and the human face of war. His book Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them, was published in April 2012.
While president and in the following years he became a leading advocate for military veterans, counseling them at the hospitals and encouraging them to continue with their education. Among his honors for his work with veterans, Wright was featured as "Person of the Week" on ABC World News and was recognized as New Englander of the Year by the New England Council. In 2009 he received a special Daniel Webster Award and the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored him with the Commander-in-Chief's Gold Medal of Merit Award. The New England Board of Higher Education recognized him in 2010 for his leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity. In 2017 he received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award.
He serves on the Board of the Semper Fi Fund/America's Fund, the Advisory Board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and has been a member of the Campaign Leadership Committee for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Center. He recently completed service on the board of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
James and Susan Wright live in Hanover where Susan continues to be involved with a number of projects, including serving as a docent at the Hood Museum of Art and serving as a board member of Colby Sawyer College. Susan lived in Canada in the 1970s, following her graduation from Vassar College.