Banff that a$$ up, eh?

Trip Region: Canada
Country(ies): Canada
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $3580
Airfare Estimate: $500
Nightlife: 7   •   Activity: 8

MTrek is coming! Are you ready to venture North, to the land of maple syrup, hockey, Tim
Hortons, poutine, the Mounties, Ryan Gosling and Reynolds, and most importantly… Justin Bieber? We are going to explore all that our friendly northern neighbor has to offer, including nature walks, glacier hikes, kayak rides, suspension bridges, and as many whales as we can find. Also included – nights under the stars, delicious dinners, and lots of Kokanee beers.

Prior adventuring experience not necessary, as this seasoned crew of Peruvian Alpacas has got your back. We met on MTrek last year, and could not be more excited to travel around with a new crew of Canadian Mounties? Moose? Kermode Bears? We’ll figure it out.
Think you’re ready to travel aboot Canada, eh? Well strap on your adventuring (read dancing) shoes, and get ready to Banff that a$$ up with some Canucks (and us). Drake – here we come!

Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 17

Welcome to Calgary! After a long(ish?) day of travel, we’ll make ourselves at home in Canada with a welcome dinner and a visit to some local watering holes. If we’re lucky, we may just catch a glimpse of Nick’s “In My Feelings” moves. This is the land of Drake, after all!

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 18

Jasper, ho! Today, we’re making our way to Jasper National Park, stopping to admire some naturally beautiful sights (and we don’t just mean Jayden!) along the way. To cool off, we’ll visit Athabasca Glacier, take a walk on the ancient ice, and learn more about these fascinating formations. To cap off the day, we’ll enjoy a group dinner before wandering out to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 19

Lace up your boots! We’re going hiking (or wildlife spotting, or boat touring… the options are endless)! This day is ours to explore the park however we choose.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 20

Bye, Jasper! Hello Banff! We’re heading down to another glorious park, which we’ll admire for the first time from the Banff Gondola. At 2,281 meters, we’ll take photos that tell the world, “No income, no problem! We still have fun!” After settling into our hotel, we’ll grab a fun group dinner and unwind with some cozy drinks.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 21

Get ready for the hike of a lifetime! With fearless Greta at the helm, we’ll explore some of the Canadian Rockies’ most iconic hikes and vistas. Or we’ll go kayaking on Lake Louise with Angie, or explore the tea house with Ally - another free day with loads of options!

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 22

After breakfast we’ll head back to Calgary to jetset westward to Vancouver! After settling into the hotel, we’ll hit our first adventure stop: the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We’ll learn about the local history and culture as we roam amongst its tree-tops. When we all return to sea level, we’ll head downtown to explore the Vancouver food scene (and find the Canadian Skeeps, of course - it’s about time we see the smooth moves of Nick and Jayden).

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 23

This is the day that Ally has been waiting for - IT’S WHALE WATCHING DAY!!!!! All aboard ‘Ocean Magic’ to search for whales, sea birds, and as many other marine wildlife species as we can find. After returning to shore, the evening is free for us to explore Vancouver (or finally getting that massage that we know Nick has been waiting for).

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 24

To celebrate our last day in Vancouver, the schedule is ours to do whatever our Canadian souls desire! Biking? Check. Fishing? Check. Bird Watching? Absolute check! Or we can lounge on the beautiful beaches and soak in some more Pacific Ocean time. We’ll end the day with a farewell dinner to reminisce about all of our northern adventures and begin planning our first reunion back in Ann Arbor.

Departure Day — Sunday, Aug 25

Today we head back to the mitten state to finalize preparations for our first Skeeps, football game, and the Bus. Oh yeah, and classes too. But no need to fret - we’ll make sure you have what you need to take on Ann Arbor (and the Winter Garden), and be the first loving hug when 8am Stats inevitably gets you down… your Ross MBA experience begins NOW!!