Canadian Rockies 2017

Canadian Rockies

Aug. 3-9

Head north this summer for a peak-season journey to Canada’s glorious Rocky Mountains, Aug. 3-9. This spectacular trip will be led by Brandeis faculty member Charles Chester, a lecturer in environmental studies.  

About the trip

Discover the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks; the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake; and the glacial masses of the Columbia Icefield. Ride in a private Ice Explorer on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies, cruise to world-famous Spirit Island, and get a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Return to premier resort lodgings each day to enjoy activities or relax in the comforts of these legendary resorts. Each resort offers a range of outdoor activities to choose from; canoe, golf or walk nearby trails to take in the fresh air, inspiring landscapes and Rocky Mountain wildlife.  

In addition to our Brandeis faculty leader, guests will also enjoy the expertise of two onboard expedition leaders who will help deepen our understanding of the flora, fauna and cultural history of the Canadian Rockies.  

Brandeis Travelers will explore the Rockies with Washington & Lee University travelers.

View the brochure and photo gallery to learn more.

About our faculty leader

Prof. Charles Chester

Charles Chester teaches global environmental politics at Brandeis and at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, where he is an adjunct assistant professor of international environmental policy. He authored "Conservation Across Borders: Biodiversity in an Interdependent World," which focused on transboundary biodiversity protection in the Northern Rockies of Canada and the United States. He also co-edited the volume "Conservation & Climate Change: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action," authoring chapters on climate change in the Canadian Rockies. He is currently consulting with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and previously consulted for the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. He also serves on the board of Bat Conservation International, and has served on the boards of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and Root Capital. He is currently building the website, an online guide to international environmental information and global environmental politics


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Tucked away in the most breathtaking corners of the Canadian Rockies are the legendary resorts of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff. Guests will experience the stunning scenery of Canada's mountain landscapes, and revel in the opulence, history and graceful hospitality of its most celebrated lodges. Tour accommodations include the Westin Calgary, Fairmont Jasper Park, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. See brochure for details.

Tour package   

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Package: Starts at $3,995 per person (based on double occupancy), airfare is additional.  A deposit of $850 per person is required to secure your reservation. Single rate: $5,695 per person, airfare is additional (limited availability). See the brochure for details, terms and conditions.

Tour operator: Orbridge

Activity level: Moderate

Description: The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the parks have dirt trails, but they are usually fairly smooth for walking; some do have paved pathways and boardwalks. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to get in and out of a motorcoach without assistance and be sure-footed on frozen or ice-covered terrain. If you are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, you will be able to enjoy all of the excursions. However, there are opportunities for different abilities to enjoy the national parks. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes up to 7,705 feet, to which you may not be accustomed.

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Day 2: Calgary/Lake Louise
Day 3: Lake Louise/ Icefields Parkway/Jasper National Park
Day 4: Jasper National Park/Maligne Lake
Day 5: Jasper/Yoho/Banff National Parks
Day 6: Banff National Park
Day 7: Banff National Park/Depart Calgary

Optional Extension: Days 7-10, Banff to Vancouver by rail 

From your glass-domed seat aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, see magnificent mountains, dramatic canyons and monumental landmarks as you traverse the Continental Divide by rail. Continue along Kicking Horse River, Shuswap Lake and Fraser Canyon, and end your journey in the sparkling city of Vancouver, British Columbia. See brochure for details Packages start at $2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Single rates start at $3,695 per person.

Travel insurance

Brandeis Travelers works exclusively with Meyer and Associates to offer trip insurance for Brandeis alumni and friends. Travel insurance products are available to all travelers on a Brandeis trip with TripAssure Travel Insurance Services (TripAssure) and Travel Insured International (TII). Please inquire about trip insurance options once you've made your reservation to meet any time-sensitive requirements. View the information at a glance. For more information, call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or enroll online.  



To reserve your space or to learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, please contact our tour operator, Orbridge, at 866-639-0079.

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




Orbridge, LLC

866-639-0079 or reserve online. 

Tour Operator 
Orbridge, LLC
P.O. Box 10339 
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Brandeis Travelers
Alyson Saykin
Director of Special Programs

Brandeis Travelers