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Edmonton Adventure
Air Arrival City: Calgary (before SCIJ Meeting)
Air Departure City: Edmonton
Dates: February 12-14
Cost per person (based on double occupancy): $ 211 (Includes taxes and fees)

Edmonton, Canada's festival city welcomes visitors year-round with thriving arts and festivals including the internationally renowned folk, fringe and children’s festivals; natural beauty; eclectic neighborhoods; and icon attractions like West Edmonton Mall - the greatest indoor show on Earth. Nestled into the curves of the North Saskatchewan River, the capital of Alberta is a lively metropolis with sensational nighttime entertainment and deep cultural roots. History and the arts - and a dash of northern spirit - have combined to create this cosmopolitan centre - a place where creativity thrives, culture is celebrated and nature embraced.  Edmonton was named the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2007. www.edmonton.com

Discover Curling – Try your hand at curling, a quirky and fun winter sport popular with Albertans young and old.  www.curling.ca

Birkebeiner Festival – Take part in Edmonton’s Birkebeiner Festival, a rousing Nordic-themed cross- country ski festival with participants of all ages. www.canadianbirkie.com

West Edmonton Mall – Take a behind-the-scenes tour of North America’s largest shopping mall, including an up-close encounter with the mall’s resident sea lions, as well as some free time for shopping www.wem.ca

Dinner and a Show – Edmonton has long been known throughout Canada for its thriving performance arts scene.  You’ll have the chance to enjoy a pre-show meal at a top restaurant, followed by a music, theatre, or dance performance

Edmonton Oilers Game – Enjoy hard hitting NHL hockey at Edmonton’s Rexall Place, as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks!

Tour start - February 12rd, 2011 at 10:00 am (a guide will meet the group in Banff and transfer them to Edmonton via ground transportation)

Tour finish – February 14th (you will be transferred from your hotel to Edmonton Airport for your flight home on this day at the time of your choosing)

Number of participants: Maximum 8

Mode of transportation:  Van or Minibus

Any physical restrictions for participants: Participants should advise if they have any physical disabilities.

Dietary restrictions or food allergies: Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

For more information contact:
Kelly James Lewis
Travel Media Relations Specialist
Travel Alberta
Tel: (403) 648-1044
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Jasper, Wonderful by Nature
Air Arrival City
: Calgary (before SCIJ Meeting)
Air Departure City: Edmonton
Dates: February 12-14
Cost per person (based on double occupancy): $ 211 (includes taxes and fees)

What sort of mountain town would you hope to find in an alpine paradise? Laid-back? Peaceful? Non-commercialized? In a word, authentic. The kind of place that welcomes visitors like family and treats everyone with genuine kindness and respect.

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 World Heritage Site. You’re as likely to share a silent morning moment with grazing elk here as you are with fellow human beings.

And even though it offers every conceivable world-class resort luxury, amenity and activity – plus gourmet dining with nearly as many stars as the clear midnight skies – Jasper will tug at your heart long after you leave for one very simple reason – it feels like home. www.jaspercanadianrockies.com 

While in Jasper, you’ll have the chance to experience activities like:

Skiing at Marmot Basin – Located in the breathtaking, vast and ruggedly mountainous landscape of Jasper National Park, Marmot Basin is a ski destination that inspires lasting memories. With 86 marked trails, the terrain is nicely varied; from long, gentle, winding novice runs to steep, high alpine bowls and chutes and glade skiing through verdant pine forests. An uncrowded atmosphere is just one of the many reasons skiers and snowboarders return to Marmot Basin season after season. With no waiting in lift lines, skiers have lots of room to breathe and more time on the slopes.

Maligne Canyon Ice Walk – See Icefalls (frozen waterfalls) close up as you explore breathtaking Maligne Canyon with an experienced guide.

Wildlife Tour – Jasper is teeming with wildlife year round.  An experienced guide will introduce you to some of Jasper’s furry and feathered residents. The wildlife in winter can include moose, caribou, bull elk, big horn sheep, wolves, coyotes and more!

Snowshoeing – Get off the beaten track with an experienced guide and explore pristine areas of Jasper National Park on snowshoes.  The sights (sparking clean white snow on evergreens) and sounds (light breezes winding through trees, snow crunching beneath your snowshoes, and birdsongs) of the forests of Jasper National Park are a delight to the senses.

Dinner at a top restaurant – Jasper is known for its eclectic dining scene.  You’ll have the chance to enjoy a meal at a cozy and unique Jasper restaurant

*All subject to weather and availability

Tour start - February 12rd, 2011 at 10:00 am (a guide will meet the group in Banff and transfer them to Jasper via ground transportation)

Tour finish – February 14th (you will be transferred from Jasper to Edmonton via ground transportation on the evening of February 13th and will overnight in Edmonton that evening, so that you can transfer to Edmonton Airport and fly home at the time of your choosing on February 14th).  

Number of participants: Maximum 50

Mode of transportation: Motorcoach

Any physical restrictions for participants: Participants should advise if they have any physical disabilities.

Dietary restrictions or food allergies: Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

For more information contact:
Kelly James Lewis
Travel Media Relations Specialist
Travel Alberta
Tel: (403) 648-1044
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Calgary a la Carte
Air Arrival City
: Calgary (before SCIJ Meeting)
Air Departure City: Calgary
Dates: February 12-14
Cost per person: $211 includes taxes and fees

Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is a destination where uncommon energy transforms dreams into reality.   Calgary, a young vibrant city of over one million people, uniquely mixes cosmopolitan flair with genuine hospitality.  Revitalize your spirit with the mosaic of experiences available to you in the city at the heart of it all.  From world class arts and culture, thrill seeking outdoor adventure, and delectable cuisine to tranquil spa settings, abundant shopping, and picturesque sights, you’ll find it all here in Calgary. www.visitcalgary.com

While in Calgary, you’ll have the chance to choose from activities like:

Visit Canada Olympic Park – The site of ski jump, bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Canada Olympic Park continues to play an important role as training ground for high performance winter sports athletes from around the world. The park is a popular place for Calgarians and visitors to Calgary to cross country ski, downhill ski, and snowboard. Canada Olympic Park is home to the Olympic Hall of Fame Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Olympic artifacts in North America, including twenty Olympic torches. www.winsportcanada.ca/cop

Speed Skating at The Olympic Oval – Constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Calgary’s Olympic Oval continues to serve as a training centre and competition venue for the world’s top speed skaters.  Strap on a pair of long blades and experience what skaters refer to as the “world’s fastest ice”. www.oval.ucalgary.ca

Blackfoot Gallery at the Glenbow Museum – Visit Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and enjoy a guided tour of the Blackfoot Gallery, and extensive visual presentation of aboriginal life in Southern Alberta for the past ten thousand years. www.glenbow.org

Heritage Park Gasoline Alley Tour – Even if you're not a car enthusiast, you've got to admit it the introduction of the automobile changed just about everything. Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park Historical Village documents the dawn of the automobile age.  The museum is a "hands-on, interactive experience," packed with displays that invite exploration. Like a turn-of-the-century street scene, for instance. There's also an extensive collection of vintage automobiles and oil and gas-related artifacts. www.heritagepark.ca

Royal Tyrrell Museum visit – Located in Drumheller, AB (approx 90 minutes from Calgary), the Royal Tyrrell Museum is home to 80,000 specimens and 35 complete dinosaur skeletons - more than any other museum in the world.  Explore the museum’s galleries and speak with paleontologists who are constantly working on unearthing new discoveries. www.tyrrellmuseum.com

Shopping at Crossiron Mills – Spend some time exploring Alberta’s newest enclosed shopping mall, which includes over one million square feet of retail, including many premium brands. www.crossironmills.com

Dinner and a Show – You’ll have the chance to enjoy a pre show meal at top restaurant followed by a chance to take in a music, theatre, or dance performance

*All subject to weather and availability

Tour start - February 12th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (a guide will meet the group in Banff and transfer them to Calgary via ground transportation)

Tour finish – February 14th (you will be transferred from your hotel to Calgary Airport for your flight home on this day at the time of your choosing)

Mode of transportation: 15-passenger van or minibus

Any physical restrictions for participants: Participants should advise if they have any physical disabilities.

Dietary restrictions or food allergies: Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

For more information contact:
Kelly James Lewis
Travel Media Relations Specialist
Travel Alberta
Tel: (403) 648-1044
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Cross Country Skiing at Lake Louise with a Stay at Historic Deer Lodge
Air Arrival City
: Calgary (before SCIJ Conference)
Air Departure City: Calgary
Dates: February 12-14
Cost per person (based on double occupancy): $211 includes taxes and fees

Enjoy cross country skiing on the countless trails around the spectacular Lake Louise area with a knowledgeable mountain guide. After a day gliding on pristine mountain trails, you’ll enjoy a hearty meal and bed down at historic Deer Lodge, a rustic mountain hotel, in operation since 1923. Much of the original hand hewn log structure and decor of Deer Lodge are still in place and many of the architectural features from the original building have been restored. Deer Lodge’s restaurant is known for its superb interpretation of Rocky Mountain Cuisine, featuring an array of locally sourced game meat and organic ingredients.

**This post tour is best suited for those with an active lifestyle / good physical condition. All levels from beginner to advanced welcome.

Tour start - February 12th at 10:00 am (a guide will meet the group in Banff, assist them in picking up ski equipment, and transfer them to Deer Lodge (located at Lake Louise, approx a 45 minute drive from Banff).

Tour finish – February 14th (Participants will check out of Deer Lodge on the afternoon of February 13th and transfer to Calgary. You will spend that evening of February 13th in Calgary so that you can transfer to Calgary Airport and fly home at the time of your choosing on February 14th).

Number of participants: maximum fifteen

Mode of transportation: 15-passenger van or minibus

Any physical restrictions for participants: Participants should advise if they have any physical disabilities.

Dietary restrictions or food allergies: Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

For more information contact:
Kelly James Lewis
Travel Media Relations Specialist
Travel Alberta
Tel: (403) 648-1044
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Build your own ski tour
Location
: Alberta South, Kananaskis, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper
Air Arrival City: Calgary (before SCIJ Meeting)
Air Departure City: Dependent on ski locations requested
Dates: February 12-14
Cost per person: $ 211 includes taxses and fees

**Create your own ski itinerary. Minimum group size 2 journalists.  Some restrictions apply.

Choose from the following ski options:

Castle Mountain (Pincher Creek, Alberta South) –  www.castlemountainresort.com
Castle Mountain Resort is a powder hound’s dream. Uncrowded, more extreme than most, heaps of “wind sift” – this is one of Alberta’s best kept ski secrets.

Nakiska (Kananaskis)  – www.skinakiska.com
Mount Allan's first claim to fame was in the late 1940s when coal was discovered at the eastern base of the mountain. Close to 40 years later Mount Allan was chosen as the site for the Olympic Alpine events and in 1986 construction began on what is now known as Nakiska.

Banff @ Norquay (Banff)www.banffnorquay.com
Banff Mount Norquay's long-standing reputation for challenge is based on the first runs you see upon approaching the area: a quintet of super-steep, mogul-studded freefalls served by the original Norquay double chair. Only place you can pay to ski by the hour!

Sunshine Village (Banff/Lake Louise)www.skibanff.com
With 7 Quads chairlifts and a high-speed gondola, all skier guests at Sunshine Village can move about the resort with greater ease, comfort, and quickly accessing the varied terrain of this unique mountain resort. Want a room with a view? Peek into the newly renovated slope side accommodation at Sunshine Village Inn.

Lake Louise Ski Area (Lake Louise)www.skilouise.com
Year after year Lake Louise’s spectacular scenery is awarded by ski magazines around the planet. Discover why with their First Tracks breakfast program. The wilderness and terrain is pristine and inspirational.

Marmot Basin (Jasper)www.skimarmot.com
Imagine a place where snow comes from heaven, not from Earth. A place where you spend more time on your favorite run than in lift lines. A place where the wildlife is not limited to party animals but includes deer, elk and other creatures.  Come to Jasper's Marmot Basin in beautiful, rugged Jasper National Park.

Any physical restrictions for participants: Participants should advise if they have any physical disabilities.

For more information contact:
Kelly James Lewis
Travel Media Relations Specialist
Travel Alberta
Tel: (403) 648-1044
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Build your own itinerary
Location
: Alberta
Air Arrival City: Calgary (before SCIJ Meeting)
Air Departure City: Dependent on activity ideas requested
Dates: Feb 12-14

Tell us your story assignment or interests and we can custom build an itinerary for you.

Cost per person: $211 (includes taxes and fees) 

Ideas include:

  • Dogsledding
  • Horseback riding at a guest ranch
  • Dinner and a show
  • Snowshoeing
  • Rocky Mountain wildlife viewing tour
  • Spa visit
  • Ice skating
  • Horsedrawn sleigh ride
  • Bobsleigh ride
  • Ice fishing

The possibilities are endless!

For more information, please check our website: www.travelalberta.com or contact:

Kelly James Lewis
Travel Media Relations Specialist
Travel Alberta
Tel: (403) 648-1044
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it