September 12-16, 2010

63rd Canadian Geotechnical Conference
& 6th Canadian Permafrost Conference

Platinum Sponsors

Partner Program

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Banff/Lake Louise Tour
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ($170)
Travel past bountiful vistas, scenic foothills, and breathtaking landscapes as we journey west toward Canada’s first national park, Banff National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. See Bow Falls, the Upper Hot Springs, Lake Minnewanka, Bankhead and possible wildlife sightings while journeying throughout the area. Catch a lift to the “top of the world view” on Sulphur Mountain! Travel via gondola to the peak of the mountain and be awestruck by the glorious view. Shop along infamous Banff Avenue, where local artists sell their wares alongside designer fashions and symbolic souvenirs. A drive up Tunnel Mountain to Surprise Corner will offer you another spectacular photo opportunity.

From Banff, the journey continues west to Lake Louise. See the Chateau Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier and Mount Victoria. On this tour you will be exposed to one of the most spectacular mountain environments and will be a trip never to be forgotten! We will stop for lunch at either the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Alberta’s “Castle in the Rockies” – or at the Chateau Lake Louise – our “Diamond in the Wilderness” – a perfect haven for visitors. Enjoy a bounty of the region’s finest food and a selection of exquisite desserts.

This tour includes your professional guide, transportation, national park pass, snacks, Sulphur Mountain Gondola and lunch at the Banff Springs Hotel or the Chateau Lake Louise

Monday, September 13, 2010

Partner Meet and Greet (Conference Suite – Hyatt Regency Hotel, 4th floor)
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (no charge)
Join us on Monday morning for a coffee and a Danish to meet old and new acquaintances and to make plans together for the organized tours and any spare time that might be left over.

Kananaskis Country Tour
10:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ($95)
Tour Alberta’s best kept secret – Kananaskis Country, home of the 1988 Olympic downhill ski competition. From roaming wildlife to vistas of bountiful forest, Kananaskis is a unique adventure playground located in the Canadian Rockies, bordering Banff National Park.

We will visit a Wildlife Viewing Trail to see the staging and resting area for millions of migrating waterfowl. Birdwatchers will delight in the sights and sounds of this unique destination, where bird blinds have been installed for added viewing pleasure. Listen to songbirds sing their melodic tunes, while identifying the fabulous array of fowl. Be sure to bring along a scope or binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes for maximum enjoyment of this brief walking trail. Next, see a spring-fed wetlands area where an abundance of brilliant, mountain flowers blossom. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, while viewing the variety of animals and birds that call this area home.

The Kananaskis Country day tour lasts 5-6 hours and includes a professional driver/guide, transportation to and from Calgary, lunch and snacks. Depending on the weather, guests should consider bringing suntan lotion, gloves, camera, water bottle, rain coat and good walking shoes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Drumheller Badlands Tour
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ($110)
Imagine a time when the land was a tropical plain dominated by dinosaurs and flying reptiles. Journey back to this mystical era to experience prehistoric life preserved in stone, while witnessing beautiful vistas of modern farmlands and vast plains. Stop at Horseshoe Canyon for a spectacular view of spectacular geographical formations carved in the earth. From here, enter into the picturesque Red Deer River Valley – formed during the last Ice Age 12,000 to 15,000 years ago – where J.B. Tyrrell’s first discovered of the skull of a the “Albertosauraus” dinosaur in the late 1880’s.

Before boarding the Bleriot Ferry – one of the few cable ferries in the province – venture past the Orkney Hill View Point, which has a sheer drop to the Red River Valley. Continue along the historic Dinosaur Trail, past Horsethief Canyon and the worlds’s largest “Little Church,” and finish this section with a journey down the Hoodoo Trail to see the Hoodoos and the Suspension Bridge.

No Drumheller visit is complete without a visit to the world-famous Royal Tyrrell Museum, one of the largest paleontological museums on the planet. Opened in 1985, the museum is a primary prehistoric research station and exhibition center. Step inside the doors and enjoy a visit millions of years back in time!

The tour includes a professional driver /guide, transportation, admission to the museum, lunch and snacks.

Wednesday September 15, 2010

City of Calgary Tour
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($65)
Visit Alberta’s “Heart of the New West” – Calgary! This tour will give you an overview of this dynamic city, from past to present – starting with its historic origins at Fort Calgary, the oldest community of Inglewood, through to its modern cityscape of high-rises, headquarters for Canada’s oil and gas companies. On this tour you will see Eau Claire Market and China Town, the Calgary Tower, Glenbow Museum and the Olympic Plaza and City Hall. Well- known for its competitive spirit, Calgary boasts world-class sporting facilities, including the Pengrowth Saddledome – home of the Calgary Flames.

A visit to this western city would not be complete without a Calgary Exhibition and Stampede photo stop. We’ll also visit Canada Olympic Park for a photo opportunity to see Canadian speed skaters at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, where speed skaters race on the fastest ice in the world. Our final stop will be Heritage Park for a visit to “Gasoline Alley.”

Tour includes transportation, professional guide, admissions and snacks on route.

Note: All tours require minimum guest attendance to proceed to please book early to help ensure we don’t have to cancel due to insufficient numbers.

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