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Skiing Vacation Banff & Beyond: Cross-Country Skiing the Canadian Rockies​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 6 - 16 mi  |  Daily Skiing: 2 - 4 hr
Pre-trip Extension:
Calgary · 1 night $145


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Pre-Trip Extension - Calgary

1 night for only $145

  • One night at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information packet
  • Transfer to the base program
Calgary, Alberta’s largest city, is situated where the prairies end and the foothills of the Rockies begin. As such, it is the eastern gateway to the Rocky Mountains and an important center of trade and tourism for the western prairies. In 1988, Calgary was the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. Once a mounted police outpost, the city has since sped into the future as a corporate center for energetic technology and green industry enterprises. It hasn’t fully abandoned its frontier roots, however, and continues to embrace all things outdoors.
 
Single Supplement: $145
 

Day 1 - Arrive in Calgary/Begin your Trip Extension

Make your own way to your hotel in the center of Calgary. Airport shuttles are available from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to the Delta Bow Valley Hotel. Shuttles depart from the airport every 30 minutes. Please visit the Allied Shuttle counter on arrivals level near gate "C" between 8 am and midnight 7 days per week. Outside of counter hours you may go directly to bus bay #8. Please note: If you are unable to contact the shuttle vehicle in bay #8 outside of the counter hours please contact (403) 299-9555 to confirm pick up time. The shuttle fare is CAD 15/person. The trip is about 11 miles and will take 20-40 minutes depending on traffic and stops en-route. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost approximately CAD 44.00.  Parking is available in the “Parkade” facility adjacent to the hotel.  The maximum daily rate is CAD 28.00.  This is a public facility and vehicles may be left for the duration of the tour.

The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and explore the city. There are a handful of pedestrian-friendly areas in the city center. Stephen Avenue, along the southern boundary of the financial district, is a pleasant place for a stroll. At the far end is the Olympic Plaza, a public space where medals were awarded during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Still a popular spot for concerts, the plaza is a skating rink in the winter. Also to the south of the downtown area lays the vibrant district of 17th Avenue with its stretch of trendy boutiques, bars, and restaurants. To the north, across the Bow River, lies Kensington, which you can walk to over the busy 10th Street Bridge. Or you can take the footbridge from Eau Claire Market over to Prince's Island Park for a more amiable stroll. Through the park and over to the other side onto Memorial Drive the city's most walkable district awaits.  Enjoy dinner and the evening on your own.

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