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Tour Itinerary: Springtime in the Canadian Rockies
May 27 - June 3, 2017
Join Sidney & Nancy Kirkpatrick on a tour like no other to the Canadian Rockies!
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May 27, 2017 - June 3, 2017

TOUR ITINERARY: Beauty and Majesty in Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies
Led by Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick

Day 1: Arrival in Vancouver. Upon your arrival at the Vancouver Airport, transfer by taxi to the hotel, Coast Coal Harbor Hotel (1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Phone 604-679-0202). Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada and the country's chief Pacific port. It is the commercial & industrial centre of British Columbia. While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views of the city twinkling below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Check-in to Coast Coal Harbor Hotel. Your home for the next three nights. Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Vancouver. Sightseeing tour of this cosmopolitan center nestled between mountain and sea. Discover Canada Place, located in the heart of Vancouver's waterfront. Canada Place is an iconic landmark and venue for world-class events and inspirational Canadian experiences. The continent’s largest Chinatown after San Francisco’s, the Historic Gastown, is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Stanley Park a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city. Lunch included. Up next, an excursion to Capilano and Grouse Mountain. Our first stop is a visit to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, where you'll learn about the life cycle of the salmon. Next we're off to Vancouver's oldest attraction: the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Naturally thrilling since 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge is breathtakingly suspended 450 feet across and 230 feet above Capilano River. Here, you'll have time to discover our coastal rainforest and First Nations heritage. Our final stop is Grouse Mountain, the peak of Vancouver. We will take an enclosed gondola ride to a breathtaking viewpoint atop the mountain. 780 feet above the city. Then, back to Vancouver for Dinner and Overnight at the Coast Coal Harbor Hotel. 

Day 3: We will take an excursion to Victoria (12 hour excursion). Our journey begins with a picturesque 90 minute sailing aboard BC Ferries. Traveling across the Straight of Georgia and past the Gulf Islands, we arrive to enjoy the day on Vancouver Island. With 276 miles in length and 166 miles in width at its widest point, Vancouver Island is the largest Island on the west coast of North America and the largest Pacific Island east of New Zeeland Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, 49 acres of glorious flower gardens. Begun in 1904 as an effort to restore a worked-out quarry site, The Butchart Gardens has since been delighting visitors from all around the world. As you make your way around the gardens, you'll walk through intimate stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees. The gardens adjusts their floral displays to suit the season so it is just as spectacular in Spring and Fall as it is in Summer. The Butchart Gardens has been designed to please the eye and generally delight the senses. You will arrive in Victoria, Capital city of British Columbia. Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Legislative buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress Hotel. We will take a Guided tour of the city: the Thunderbird Park, the Parliament House, the Beacon Hill Park, etc. Tea at the famous Empress Hotel. Back to the ferry terminal and cruise back to Vancouver. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Coast Coal Harbor Hotel.

Day 4: Vancouver/Kamloops. 270 Miles through beautiful countryside! Stop at Historic Hat Creek Ranch and visit the historic buildings used by the Gold Rush travelers of the 1860’s. You will learn about this early trading route. A stagecoach ride along the beautiful Hat Creek will take you to our Native Village, where members of the Shuswap Nation will share their fascinating history and culture. Lunch included. Departure toward Kamloops set on the confluence of two Thompson River branches near Kamloops Lake and several other smaller lakes. In the early 19th century, Kamloops was a trading post and gold miner’s depot. The city calls itself the "Tournament Capital" of Canada and boasts a large number of sports teams and world-class sports facilities. Tonight we stay at The Plaza Hotel (www.the plaza hotel.ca)

Day 5: Kamloops to Jasper, 270 Miles. Departure toward Jasper. Stop en route at the Wells Gray Park - a vast wilderness filled with breathtaking waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush alpine meadows and sweeping forests. Lunch enroute. Your road will cross the Mount Robson Provincial Park, a World Heritage Site and is the second oldest park in British Columbia. The Mount Robson is also the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. You will discover the Jasper National Park, the wildest of the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks, and home to large populations of wildlife including grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves. Late afternoon arrival in Jasper and brief orientation tour of this small city. A former railway town, it owes its charm to the richness of its historical treasures. Overnight The Plaza Hotel.

Day 6: Jasper to Lake Louise, 174 Miles. Today’s journey offers breathtaking views. Drive along the Icefields Parkway, a 138 mile route weaving up and around mountains. Stop at Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls and take an unforgettable snowcoach ride. Time for Lunch on your own. Then passing by Bow and Peyto Lakes you will reach Lake Louise, the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies. The lake was named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. The emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. Free time to discover this beautiful lake. Overnight at Lake Louise Inn (www.lakelouiseinn.com)

Day 7: Lake Louise to Banff (36 miles – 1 hour). Visit Banff, located in Canada’s oldest national park. Banff was first settled in the 1880s, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. In 1985, the United Nations declared Banff National Park, as one of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a World Heritage Site. Banff remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. See the famous Banff Springs Hotel, the Cave & Basin hot Springs, the Bow Falls, the Mount Norquay, The Hoodoos weirdly-shaped pillars and Sulphur mountain (optional gondola ride). Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Banff International Hôtel (wwwbanffinternational.com)

Day 8: Banff/Calgary Airport Breakfast and transfer to Calgary Airport for your return flight home with appreciation for all we have enjoyed together!

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Pricing Information
Price: $3,599.00
Single Supplement: $850 additional
Deposit: A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space on this tour. 

About A.R.E. Tours
For more than forty years, the A.R.E. has been offering annual travel programs to explore concepts in the Edgar Cayce material while visiting a variety of travel destinations that focus on insights from the Cayce readings, dreams, meditation, as well as all of the activities popular with "regular" tourists.

The tour content is meant to provide an educational and enrichment element that is not found on most tours. All of the tours are led by outstanding speakers and teachers in the metaphysical and holistic fields, specifically from the Edgar Cayce perspective. Top local guides, who are also part of each program, highlight the historical and cultural aspects that would be included in any first class tour. Special care is taken to include the heart and soul of the areas visited. Emphasis is placed on sacred sites and areas of historic spiritual significance.

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Event Details
Date:
May 27 - June 3, 2017
Contact:
Ellen Cayce
888-273-3339
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Sidney Kirkpatrick

Sidney D. Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A Cast of Killers, Turning the Tide, and Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The New Yorker. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Sidney lives with his wife, Nancy, and frequently travels for work, engaging audiences in lively discussions about the Cayce material and more.

Long-time friends and champions of the Edgar Cayce work, Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick recently joined Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. as the new editors of our member magazine Venture Inward, as well as our Cayce Quarterly member benefits newsletter.

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Nancy Kirkpatrick

Nancy Kirkpatrick is a writer who has ghost written, edited, and helped publish several books on a variety of topics. In partnership with her husband, Sidney, the Kirkpatricks worked for several years on Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, described by The New Yorker as "a codex for the New Age" and considered the definitive biography of Edgar Cayce. Most recently, they partnered again on the title, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives.

Long-time friends and champions of the Edgar Cayce work, Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick recently joined Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. as the new editors of our member magazine Venture Inward, as well as our Cayce Quarterly member benefits newsletter.