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Conference August 15-18, 2013 in Canada
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Travel Classics West 2013

Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Travel Classics Edmonton/Jasper Cultural Pre-Tour
August 12 - 15, 2013

Edmonton, Canada's Festival City and the Provincial Capital
Edmonton, Canada's festival city, welcomes visitors year-round with thriving arts and festivals including the internationally renowned folk, fringe and street performers festivals; natural beauty; eclectic neighbourhoods; and iconic attractions like West Edmonton Mall, North America's largest shopping and entertainment centre and Alberta's #1 tourist attraction. Nestled into the curves of the North Saskatchewan River, the capital of Alberta is a lively metropolis with sensational night time entertainment and deep cultural roots. History and the arts - and a dash of northerly spirit - have combined to create this cosmopolitan centre - a place where creativity thrives, culture is celebrated and nature embraced.

August 12

Arrive in Edmonton

Accommodations - provided by Edmonton Tourism (?)
Matrix Hotel differentiates itself from the predictability of other hotels by combining chic surroundings with warm home-away-from-home hospitality, redefining hotel living in downtown Edmonton.

Cultural Tour Edmonton - passes courtesy of the Art Gallery of Alberta
The Art Gallery of Alberta boasts an impressive collection of nearly 6,000 objects and it continues to grow. The collection includes historical and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installation works and photographs by Canadian and international artists.

The Gallery Walk
The first of its kind in Canada, was formed in 1986 to promote within our community both art and artists of merit, focusing especially on work by Canadian artists. The Gallery Walk Area is located just West of the downtown core in the 124 St. area, a vital business community with many quality restaurants, gift and clothing shops, bookstores, live theatre venues and many more specialty businesses in its 12 block area.

Hosted Dinner - provided by Edmonton Tourism
You know what they say...the heart of every good party is found in the KITCHEN.

Kitchen by Brad is a breathtaking experience customized to you. You can invite your friends, family, customers or colleagues and host them for a memorable event that can include live cooking demonstrations, small plates and tastings, a multi-course or family style dinner, wine, beer & spirits tastings and pairings, entertainment and more.
Travel Alberta
Judy Love Rondeau
Travel Alberta Team Member
Travel Media Relations
5208 Rustle Leaf Drive
Arlington, TX 76017
Tel: 817.572.3592


August 13

6:45am: Transfer to VIA RAIL station via Taxi Voucher
provided by Edmonton Tourism

7:25am: VIA RAIL Train departs for Jasper

Experience the grandeur of Western Canada aboard one of the world's most legendary trains, the Canadian. The elegant ambience and cozy cabins make travelling on board the Canadian a one-of-a-kind experience. Nap to the gentle rocking motion of the train in your private cabin, enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared brunch in our Dining Car and enjoy the Canadian landscape from our glass dome viewing cars.
VIA Rail Station Edmonton
12360-121 Street
Toll Free: (888) 842-7245
Contact: Ryan Robutka
Phone: (604) 640-3741

Welcome to Jasper! Wonderful. By Nature.
Jasper is that breath of fresh cool mountain air, crisp and invigorating, yet reassuringly calm. A self-described little town in a big park, this historic settlement strikes a fine balance between conservation and development, ecology and economics. In its untamed heart, it's a gateway to adventure within the largest and most northerly Canadian rocky mountain national park, part of a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1:00pm (approximately) Via arrives at Jasper train station

Fairmont shuttle to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Check into the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, one of the world's leading lodge experiences, is a year-round destination of choice for those seeking outdoor exhilaration and inner peace. Beginning as an eight-bungalow wilderness retreat at the turn of the 20th century, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge now boasts 446 rooms on 903-acres of luxury in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Courtesy of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Travel Alberta

Afternoon - Canoeing on Lac Beauvert at the Fairmont Jasper Park OR Biking the trails around the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Located on the shores of beautiful Lac Beauvert, The Boathouse offers paddleboats, canoes and kayaks.

There are hundreds of trails to choose from in Jasper, no matter what your skill level. Rentals are available. Tandem bikes and cruisers are also available.
Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Time TBC - Welcome dinner at Cavell's Restaurant & Terrace at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
This gourmet, casual lakeside dining experience offers stunning views of Mount Edith Cavell, Lac Beauvert and Whistlers Mountain from the outdoor patio and through the large picture windows inside. he diverse menus feature international cuisine using local, farm fresh ingredients. The attentive service and relaxed ambiance at Cavell's make it a perfect choice for families, friends and couples alike.
Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Tourism Jasper
Jeff Bartlett
Phone: 780-852-3858 ext 31
Mobile: 780-931-2962

Amanda Stevens
Phone: 780-820-2127
Mobile: 780-883-0323

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
1 Old Lodge Road


August 14

At leisure - Breakfast at Cavell's Restaurant and Terrace
Please sign the charges to your room.
Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Tee Time TBC - Golfing at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Stanley Thompson, Canada's master golf course architect, displayed his finest work with his design of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course in Alberta. It's hard to imagine a golf course that hugs snow-capped mountains, meanders past glacial-fed lakes and through a wildlife corridor featuring elk, caribou, bears and wolves...but that's exactly what golf at Western Canada's number one Resort Mountain resort course has to offer. Fairways & Greens Magazine recognized The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course with two distinctions in 2012, "Favourite Places to Play" and "Favourite Places to Stay". We were also honoured with Golf Magazine's "Gold Medal Resort".
Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Lunch on Your Own
Suggestion: 7th Tee Hut

Nestled between the 6th green and 7th tee, the area offers great views on the 6th, 7th and 11th hole. A perfect setting to rest, refresh and refocus on the upcoming challenges. It's time to relax and laugh. Sip on your favourite beverage or grab a snack to finish the day.

12:45pm - Maligne Valley Wildlife and Waterfall Tour
Your guide will pick you up in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Lobby at 12:45pm
This half day experience will explore a section of Jasper National Park, known for its abundant wildlife. The naturalist guides will highlight the unique features of the valley while passengers watch for bear, moose, elk, wolves, big horn sheep, eagles and even the odd marmot! A stop at Maligne Canyon features a short walk around the upper reaches, offering spectacular views of waterfalls and hidden fossils, viewed from the footbridges spanning the deepest sections of the gorge. This leisurely walk allows plenty of time for photos and nature interpretation. Continuing up the Valley you arrive at the 'disappearing' Medicine Lake, with the amazing geology that has created the Karst Topographical phenomenon, causing the lake to completely drain yearly.

The final destination and the highlight of the tour, world famous Maligne Lake features a 90 minute cruise to Spirit Island, known as the icon of the Canadian Rockies! Time is allotted for passengers to purchase lunch or snacks at the View Restaurant, which offers a wide array of homemade soups, stews, chili, sandwiches, salads and a variety of baked goods and beverages.
Courtesy of Maligne Adventures

7:00pm - Dinner and Brewery Tour at the Jasper Brewing Co.
The first brewery opened in a National Park, The Jasper Brewing Company is the "go to" place to kick back and relax. The founding principle is to create the absolute highest quality beer possible. Here, beers are for everyone. They are fresh, modern, and innovative, looking to the future while honoring the past. There is an occasion for every beer and a beer for every occasion. One pint of beer and one burger/sandwich combo is included in your dinner.
Courtesy of Tourism Jasper and The Jasper Brewing Company

Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The Jasper Brewing Co.
Isaac Van Nie, General Manager

Maligne Adventures
Trevor Lescard, Owner/Operator

August 15

At leisure - Breakfast at Cavell's Restaurant and Terrace
Please sign the charges to your room. Courtesy of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Please check out of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Time and shuttle TBC - Shuttle to Banff with stop at Jasper Tramway

9:30am - Jasper Tramway
The experience of being gently transported into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra captivates all ages, and is merely the beginning of an experience the whole family will cherish. Jasper Tramway is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. The Tramway provides visitors with unprecedented views of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca river (Alberta's longest) and the scenic mountain town-site of Jasper.

Two tram cars rise to an elevation of 8200 feet (2500 m) in 7-8 minutes, where visitors can hike along prepared trails in the alpine region to the summit of Whistlers Mountain. The Upper Terminal also features a gift shop and a licensed restaurant.
Courtesy of the Jasper Tramway

Thank You for visiting Jasper!

Participants are responsible for meals not listed on itinerary, vehicle fuel, incidentals, gratuities and alcohol.
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