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Edmonton Adventure
Air Arrival City: Edmonton
Air Departure City: Calgary (after SCIJ meeting ends)
Dates: February 3-5
Cost per person: $211 (all taxes and fees included)

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

While in Edmonton, you will experience activities like:

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

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

Art Gallery of Alberta Tour – The Art Gallery of Alberta recently reopened after $88,000,000.00 of renovations.  Its collection of well over 6,000 works of art includes historical and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installation works and photographs by Canadian and international artists. www.youraga.com

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

*All subject to weather and availability

Tour start - February 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm (meeting location in Edmonton to be determined)

Tour finish – February 5th (you will be transferred from Edmonton to Banff, Alberta via ground transportation on the morning of February 5th)

Number of participants: minimum three/maximum eight

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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Jasper, Wonderful by Nature
Air Arrival City
: Edmonton
Air Departure City: Calgary (after SCIJ meeting ends)
Dates: February 3-5
Cost per person: $211 (all taxes and fees included)

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 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm (group will meet in Edmonton and depart for Jasper - meeting location in Edmonton to be determined)

Tour finish – February 5th (you will be transferred from Jasper to Banff, Alberta via ground transportation on the morning of February 5th)

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
Air Departure City – Calgary (after SCIJ meeting ends)
Dates: February 3-5
Cost per person: ($211 all taxes and fees included)

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, an 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 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm (meeting location in Calgary to be determined)

Tour finish – February 5th (you will be transferred from Calgary to Banff, Alberta via ground transportation on the morning of February 5th)

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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Shadow Lake Lodge Cross Country Ski Trip
Air Arrival City
– Calgary
Air Departure City – Calgary (after SCIJ meeting ends)
Dates: February 3-5
Cost per person: $211 (includes taxes and fees)

In 1928, the Canadian Pacific Railway began construction of a rest house at Shadow Lake, as shelter for adventurous travelers in seek of backcountry camping experiences. It was sold in 1937 to Jim and Bill Brewster, who had a transportation, accommodation, and outfitting business. In the 1950s, Bill’s grandson, Bud, purchased Shadow Lake Lodge and it became the base for small tour guiding operation by Bud and his wife Annette. In 1990, Parks Canada permitted an expansion, and now there are an additional twelve guest cabins, washroom/shower cabin, and a kitchen/dining cabin. The original 1928 cabin is now a guest lounge. Today you can experience backcountry luxury and Brewster’s famous fifth generation hospitality in an ecologically sensitive way.

You’ll ski in to Shadow Lake Lodge with an experienced local guide (trip takes 3-5 hours depending on skill level of skiers), and then experience the all encompassing peace and solitude of Shadlow Lake Lodge, with the opportunity for further skiing on trails around the lodge.

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

Tour start – February 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 am (group will meet in Calgary and depart the trailhead near Banff, with a stop in Banff to pick up equipment - meeting location in Calgary to be determined)

Tour finish – February 5th (you will be transferred from Lake Louise to Banff, Alberta via ground transportation on the morning of February 5th)

Number of participants: Maximum 15

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
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Build your own ski tour
Location
: Alberta South, Kananaskis, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper
Air Arrival City – Dependent on ski locations requested
Air Departure City – Calgary (after SCIJ meeting ends)
Dates: February 3-5
Cost per person: $211 (includes taxes and fees)

Create your own ski itinerary. Minimum group size 2 journalists.  Some restrictions may 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 – Dependent on activity ideas requested
Air Departure City – Calgary (after SCIJ meeting ends)
Dates: Feb 3-5
Cost: $211 (includes all taxes and fees)

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

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