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Western Canada. Gold rush towns and dinosaurs

13 +2 to transfer

Tour description

The country of immigrants and stunning natural beauty. We will see the most impressive places in the once Wild West!

  • Enjoy fabulous views of snow-capped peaks and crystal clear lakes in Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Jack London tales in the gold rush town of Barkerville
  • Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs in Drumheller, one of the largest dinosaur cemeteries in the world
  • Feel like the first Ukrainian imigrants in real houses, churches and schools of migrants of the 19th century
  • Watch herds of American bison, deer, roe deer and even bears.

Tour departures

The price of the tour includes

  • All transportation during the trip
  • Accommodation throughout the trip
  • Picnic in Edmonton
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Professional guding services.

What is NOT included

  • Flight to Edmonton and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
  • Visa to Canada
  • Insurance (mandatory)
  • Rental of bicycles, historic tram in Edmonton and city transport in Vancouver
  • Entrance fees to museums, small parks and other attractions along the route
  • Food ($50 per person per day).

Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Edmonton, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Towns of Mundare and Vegreville

We arrive in Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta and the northernmost of Canada’s largest cities. We check into a hotel and begin our group trip to Canada with a walk in the center of the city, founded by British fur hunters in 1795. We also take a sightseeing tram that connects two vibrant areas of the city and runs along the highest part of the High Level Bridge. We try local specialities - Caesar cocktail and french fries in a viscous cheese sauce. Let`s enjoy dinner at one of the ethnic restaurants - from Italian and Chinese to Ethiopian!

The next morning, we leave for the village of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage (1 hour on the way). This open-air museum houses the homes of the first Ukrainian immigrants in Canada. There is, for example, the house of the first "official" Ukrainian in Canada - Iwan Pylypiw, who arrived in 1891 aboard the Oregon ship. His family was engaged in farming and managed to earn considerable capital.

We leave for the town of Mundare, founded by Ukrainian settlers. At one time, only Ukrainians inhabited it, and a huge monument to sausage became the symbol of the town. We are heading to another Ukrainian town of Vegreville. Almost half of its population is Canadian Ukrainians. We will explore the historical streets, the railway station built in 1930 and see the second largest monument to Ukrainian Easter egg in the world. In the evening we return to our hotel in Edmonton.

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Day 3-4

Cycling in parks, Fort Edmonton Park, Lac Ste. Anne, Bisons of Elk Island Park

In the morning we rent bicycles and enjoy a ride through the park of William Hawrelak, named after the mayor of Edmonton of Ukrainian origin. We drive along the lake, and then on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. We reach Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest history museum. Here we learn about the past of the city, which grew out of a colonial settlement on the banks of the river. In the museum we will see, for example, the dwellings of the Indians of Canada and the architecture of the city, recreated from photographs of the 1920s. On the way back we stop for a picnic in a picturesque place. On this day we will cycle for maximum of 20 kilometers.

We continue our group trip to Canada and the next day visit the Lac Ste. Anne lake (1 hour on the way). Before the Europeans arrived in Canada, the local Indians considered the lake sacred and believed that a huge monster lived in its depths. Nearby is the temple which boasts a combination of local authentic and Christian symbols. After lunch we drive to Elk Island Park, where we can see a large settlement of beavers and American bisons (1.5 hours on the way). We continue our guided tour to Canada and return to Edmonton. In the evening, you can visit one of the city’s many museums, or go to the water park.

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Day 5

Dinosaur Park in Drumheller, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Early in the morning we leave for Drumheller by minibus (3.5 hours on the way) to visit the famous Dinosaur Park, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located in the midst of multi-colored rocks, and became famous as one of the largest dinosaur burial sites in the world. These mysterious huge animals lived here millions of years ago. In Drumheller, scientists discovered the remains of dinosaurs of 58 different species. We will visit the museum, and then explore the hills around it. In some places, dinosaur remains can be seen imprinted in stones ...

Next we head to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology with interactive sensory elements where we can observe the work of scientists. This museum is known for one of the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils - more than 500 dinosaurs! We will also explore the walking paths and see the bizarre landscapes of badlands and rocks. One cannot help but wonder what this area looked like when dinosaurs lived here?.. In the evening we head to Calgary (1.5 hours on the way), check into a hotel to continue our guided tour to Canada.

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of average physical grade. It is suitable for people with normal health and older children. We will walk a lot in national parks, and one day we will ride bicycles for about 20 kilometers. Most transfers are short (1-2 hours), but we will also take one trip lasting approximately 9 hours, with a visit to the national park along the way. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels. All hotels there will have wi fi internet.

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