Hank Shugart, W.W. Corcoran Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Biology

Learn More


$4,995 – per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,795 – Deluxe Room Per Person, double occupancy, land only

$6,895 – Standard Room Per Person, single occupancy

Register Now


Find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway. Ride on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies in a private Ice Explorer, 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 the region’s premier resort lodgings for a guided nature walk nearby, or simply relax and enjoy the comforts these exceptional resorts have to offer.

Program Highlights

• Discover the epic natural beauty of Canada’s Banff National Park.
• Ride a specially designed vehicle onto the Columbia Icefield to photograph and walk the ice.
• Enjoy a narrated cruise on the glacial blue waters of Maligne Lake.
• Find luxurious comfort at at beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise,Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and picturesque Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.


Hank Shugart, W.W. Corcoran Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Biology

Hank ShugartHank has been teaching ecology classes since 1971. His research and teaching interests combine: global ecology, forest ecology, conservation science and interactions between human cultures and their environment. Hank’s co-teaching includes classes with faculty from the Law, Commerce and Architecture Schools as well as with colleagues in the College from History and Anthropology. Over fifty doctoral students have graduated from his research program. They have helped him has conduct research in Australia, Eurasia, Africa and North America. Hank has written over 450 scientific publications, including three books on conservation and global change that can be read by normal folks. He was proud to receive the inaugural “Distinguished Scientist” award from UVA as well as a Mentoring Award for his work with students. Hank is the author of several books including recently How the Earthquake Bird got Its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature, Global Change and the Terrestrial Biosphere: Achievements and Challenges and Foundations of the Earth: Global Ecological Change and The Book of Job.” He has enjoyed a lifetime of sharing his love for nature with others and looks forward to seeing you on a Cavalier trip.


Day 1 - August 9, 2018

Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

After arriving in Calgary, meet your traveling companions and Expedition Leader for a welcome reception at your hotel.
Overnight: The Westin Calgary (R)

Day 2 - August 10, 2018

Calgary / Lake Louise

This morning, your guide will show you the highlights of Calgary on a tour of “The Stampede City,” before the group makes a special foray to the glacially-fed Moraine Lake. Next, drive to the village of Lake Louise where you’ll have numerous options for lunch on your own. Reconvene with the group to enjoy a locally guided tour where you’ll learn the history of this chateau-style resort located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, check in to your hotel room and relax in the ambiance of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or perhaps take a stroll along the lake before dinner.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Breakfast, Dinner (B,D)

Day 3 - August 11, 2018

Icefields Parkway / Jasper National Park

Canadian RockiesJourney north on the Icefields Parkway and admire spectacular vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Learn how glaciers are formed, and understand the geological features as you take a memorable ride over the Columbia Icefield in the safety and comfort of an Ice Explorer. Step out onto ice that has been forming from snow falling as long as 200 years ago and feeds into The Continental Divide and out to three separate oceans. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, and perhaps choose to join an optional guided raft trip on the Athabasca River.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,D)

Day 4 - August 12, 2018

Jasper National Park / Maligne Lake

After breakfast, enjoy a fully-narrated cruise on Maligne Lake. At world-famous Spirit Island, photograph surrounding ridges against the lake’s glacier-fed blue waters. Afterward, return to Jasper to explore the town, perhaps shop at some of its specialty stores, and enjoy lunch on your own. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Choose to take an optional nature walk along the edge of Maligne Canyon—the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park; or simply take the time to enjoy the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, offering a scenic golf course where Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, and Bing Crosby are known to have played.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B)

Day 5 - August 13, 2018

Yoho / Banff National Parks

Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls

This morning, stop at thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing your sightseeing with visits to Banff and Yoho National Park. See the towering rockwalls and powerful waterfalls—the inspiration for Yoho’s name: a Cree word meaning awe and wonder. The Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River—sculpted by the erosive rushing water—is an impressive demonstration of natural forces. Arrive in Banff and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B)

Day 6 - August 14, 2018

Banff National Park

Marvel at the six mountain ranges you can see as you ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Keep your camera close at hand for a scenic drive around Tunnel Mountain, and watch for elk, deer, and the unique landscape features of the Hoodoos and Bow River. With the afternoon at leisure, you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip to see even more dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains, or stroll the colorful streets of Banff. This evening, share photos and stories with your travel companions at a special farewell dinner.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B,D)

Day 7 - August 15, 2018

Depart Calgary

After an early breakfast, take your complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight home, or to the train station if you are continuing on the Vancouver extension. (B)

Optional Extension:

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, Fraser Canyon, and end your journey in the sparkling city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Day 7: Banff / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops
Day 8: Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Vancouver
Day 9: Vancouver
Day 10: Depart Vancouver

Call for Price.

Activity Level
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.


Westin Calgary*
Conveniently located in downtown Calgary, guests can enjoy easy access to downtown shopping and dining along with comfortable and well-appointed rooms.

Room Amenities: LCD flat panel TV, Wi-Fi (additional fee), phone, coffee maker, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Situated in one of the world’s most breathtaking settings, Chateau Lake Louise evokes a sense of timeless beauty, warmth, intimacy, comfort, and Old World charm. Located next to majestic mountains and the vibrant blues and greens of glacier-fed Lake Louise, the resort affords incredible opportunities for sightseeing, recreation, photography, shopping, and dining. Relax at the resort’s luxury spa and enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

Room Amenities: Cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge*
The charming cabins and rugged comforts of Jasper Park Lodge make this property the embodiment of peace, tranquility, and natural beauty. With one of the world’s finest golf courses, spectacular outdoor adventure opportunities, gracious hospitality, and fine cuisine, Jasper Park Lodge is an ideal place to unwind after an exciting day of exploration.

Room Amenities: Cable TV, Wi-Fi (additional fee), phone, computer data port, coffee and tea maker, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*
With its unique blend of opulence and seclusion, the Fairmont Banff Springs has been a favorite spot in the Canadian Rockies for over a century. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, an award-winning spa, and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness.

Room Amenities: Cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer.
Due to the historic nature of Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper Park Lodge, and Banff Springs Hotel, air conditioning may not be available in all guest rooms.

Deluxe Accommodations Package**
While all accommodations at the listed properties are exceptional, guests wishing the ultimate indulgence may choose to purchase the Deluxe Accommodations Package, which includes the following upgrades:
• Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Upgrade to Deluxe Mt Temple Room—a larger room with various views of the resort grounds and surrounding mountain ranges.
• Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: Upgrade to Junior Fireplace Suite with a separate sitting area.
• Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel: Upgrade to Gatehouse Room, featuring a larger room.


Welcome reception, 6 breakfasts, and 3 dinners (including special farewell dinner) are included in the program fees.

Program Fees

$4995 – Standard Room Per Person, double occupancy, land only

$5795 – Deluxe Room Per Person, double occupancy, land only

$6895 – Standard Room Per Person, single occupancy

Price includes:

Six nights in extraordinary accommodations
Welcome reception, 6 breakfasts, and 3 three course dinners
Guiding services of an Expedition Leader and expert local guides
Admission to the parks of Jasper, Yoho, and Banff National Parks
An Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield, gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain and a cruise on Maligne Lake
Private deluxe motor coach transportation
Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times including luggage porterage;
Gratuities for the Expedition Leader, local guides, drivers and porters, housekeeping and waitstaff for included meals

Price Does Not Include:
Trip cancellation insurance and passenger travel protection plan; airfares; transfers and luggage handling fees; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; airport departure taxes; airline ticketing fees; airport transfers when arriving/departing on other than scheduled group dates; excess baggage charges; any new value added taxes or GST taxes added to program costs by applicable governmental authority; gratuities to drivers and guides not specified; meals and beverages other than those specified as being included; sightseeing not included in the itinerary; personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability); and ship, air, or transportation fuel surcharges, if applicable, and anything not specifically listed as included.

The Vancouver by Rail Extension price is based upon the level of service you choose on the train.

Silver Leaf – $2,995 per person, double occupancy Single rate $3,895
Gold Leaf – $3,595 per person, double occupancy
Single rate $4,495

SilverLeaf Service:
Car includes oversized windows, reclining dome-level seats, and seat-side food service.

GoldLeaf Service:
Car includes full-length panoramic windows, reclining dome-level seats that rotate to accommodate groups of four, exclusive access to the dining room, and a full galley kitchen offering a gourmet menu with hot food.

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $850 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 105 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express, or by check made out to “Orbridge.”

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Cavalier Travels reserves the right to use photos that might include you in marketing materials and other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Registration, Deposits and Final Payment. To confirm and secure your reservation, a deposit of $850 per person per program, a deposit for any extension(s), and any non-refundable advanced payments, payable by check, online check/ACH, money order, wire transfer of same day U.S. funds, or major credit card, is due at the time of registration. Final payment, including any extension(s) and optional(s), is payable by check, online check/ACH, money order, or wire transfer of same day U.S. funds ONLY and due no later than 90 days prior to the scheduled program departure date. If your reservation is made fewer than 90 days prior to departure, the entire cost of the program, including any extension(s) and optional(s), is due at the time of registration by check, money order, or wire transfer of same day U.S. funds ONLY. If final payment is not received by Orbridge at least 90 days prior to the scheduled program departure date, Orbridge may, at any time and with or without notice, cancel your reservation in its sole discretion with no right of refund. All payments we receive from you are herein defined as “Payments.”

Cancellations and Refunds. All cancellations must be submitted to Orbridge in writing and will be subject to a cancellation fee (“Cancellation Fee”) as follows: (a) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge 275 or more calendar days prior to the scheduled departure date, all deposits will be fully refunded; (b) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge between 274 and 151 days prior to the scheduled departure date, the Cancellation Fee will be $500 per person per program and $300 per person per program for any extension other than Rwanda; (c) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge between 150 and 91 days prior to the scheduled departure date the Cancellation Fee will be the full deposit per person per program including any extension; (d) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge 90 or fewer days prior to the scheduled departure date, the Cancellation Fee will be the full program price. In addition to and not in lieu of the foregoing, a Cancellation Fee equal to 100% of the carrier charge applies to all non-refundable airfares due to your cancellation made at any time prior to the scheduled program departure date, as applicable. Refunds, if any, of any Payments in excess of the aggregate Cancellation Fee shall be processed within 30 calendar days of our receipt of your written notice.