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1 Trek THE CANADIAN ROCKIES FOR MARIE CURIE June 2019 Register online now at mariecurie.org.uk/rockies or call

2 YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Experience one of the world s most beautiful landscapes. Trekking through the majestic scenery of the Canadian Rockies, you ll raise money to help support your local Marie Curie Nurses. Brian Morrison/Marie Curie Canadian Rockies TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME FOR MARIE CURIE We re here for people living with any terminal illness and their families our work is only possible thanks to amazing supporters like you. When you challenge yourself in Canada, you ll be helping our nurses provide expert care, guidance and support. Every step you take will help people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones, get the most from the time they have left together. 2

3 WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES 180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone living with a terminal illness overnight in their own home. 350 pays for five people to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice, benefitting from gentle exercise, emotional support and more. 400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days. 3

4 DAY 1 Depart UK Upon arrival in Calgary we will be greeted by our trek leader and transferred to our accommodation in the beautiful Lake Louise region. In the evening we have a welcome meal, a briefing on the challenge ahead and meet our guides. DAY 2 Lake Louise Jasper 3-4 hours trekking This morning we have an introductory trek in the Lake Louise area and set out towards the mighty Columbia Icefield, along one of the most beautiful highways in the world with its glittering glaciers, emerald lakes and its dense conifer forests. In the afternoon we drive to the town of Jasper which is surrounded by impressive peaks in the Athabasca River Valley. Once in Jasper we will make our way to our campsite where we will enjoy a hearty meal. 4

5 DAY 3 Jasper Maligne Lake Jasper 5-6 hours trekking We wake up to picturesque surroundings and after breakfast trek to one of the finest views in the area. The greenish blue waters of Maligne Lake stretch towards the hazy distance and the glacier-clad summits rising beyond. The rest of the day is spent exploring the shores of Maligne Lake and driving along the valley road back to Jasper and our campsite. DAY 4 Jasper Parker Ridge Lake Louise 5-6 hours trekking Today s climb follows a series of switch back trails to Parker Ridge, from where we enjoy spectacular views out across the Columbia Icefield and over the Saskatchewan Glacier. After time for photos and a picnic lunch, we ll continue south along the Icefields Parkway. Along the way we ll do short walks to either Mistaya Canyon or Panther Falls before arriving at our campground on the banks of the Bow River in Lake Louise Village. 5

6 DAY 5 Lake Louise Valley of Ten Peaks 5-6 hours trekking Our hike begins early today as we make our way to the stunning shore of Moraine Lake. Our climb starts steadily through forest until it opens up into the beautiful Larch Valley. Ahead of us is the imposing wall beneath Sentinel Pass and a faintly seen trail switch backing its way to the top. After lunch, we return to Moraine Lake with the awe inspiring views of the Ten Peaks in front of us the entire way. DAY 6 Lake Louise Banff 5-6 hours trekking On our final day of trekking we transfer to Banff National Park. We start off at Sunshine Village and the trail takes us across the continental divide and into the stunning Mount Assiniboine National Park. The route today is a fitting end to our Canadian Rockies challenge. Thinkstock 6

7 Thinkstock DAY 7 Banff Calgary We will leave our campsite and transfer to Calgary. Once we have checked into our accommodation the day is free to explore the town.tonight we will meet for a farewell dinner in a restaurant and celebrate our challenge. DAY 8 Depart Calgary Transfer back to UK. The Canadian Rockies Trek was a magical time. To share the trek with such an amazing group of people made the experience even more special. A lifetime of memories in a week. Marie Curie trekker 7

8 ESSENTIAL Registration INFORMATION 299 fee (non-refundable) Minimum sponsorship day trip with five days trekking Trip grading 8 days challenging 8

9 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Who can take part? You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be approximately 30 with people of all ages from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives. How fit do I need to be? This is a challenge and you will need to train extremely hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. Will I need specialist kit? We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need. What s not included? Registration fee Recommended vaccinations Tips and gratuities Travel insurance Personal spending money What food and drink will there be? Bottled water is provided throughout the trip. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements. WHAT S INCLUDED Return flights Local transfers Accommodation Trek leader Medic All meals while trekking 9

10 What about vaccinations? We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP to ensure your vaccinations are up to date. How will I be supported? Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge. During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night s hotel. Can I cover the cost of the trip myself? We ask you to raise a minimum of A minimum of 2,210* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on ** for further information. What will the weather be like? In general, the weather is moderate with average temperatures of 20 C in late June. Expect changeable mountain weather. Passports and visas Participants should have at least six months validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. No visas are required for British Citizens; other nationalities are advised to check with their embassies or consulates. Can I extend my stay? Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at a cost and subject to availability. Do overseas challenges damage the environment? Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. 10

11 FUNDRAISING FOR MARIE CURIE When you take on an overseas challenge for Marie Curie, we re here to help and support you every step of the way. Your local Marie Curie fundraiser Once you ve registered, you will be put in touch with your local Marie Curie fundraiser who will help you with your fundraising plans and offer advice whenever you need it. Welcome pack We ll send you a welcome pack and fundraising guide full of tried and tested tips to help you smash your target. If you d like to see some ideas for fundraising before you get your pack, check out this page on our website. mariecurie.org.uk/event-fundraising-tips Getting started A great first step is setting up a JustGiving page. This is the quickest and easiest way to tell people that you re fundraising and to gather your sponsorship online. Get personal Tell people why you re doing this challenge. People respond best to personal stories. Don t forget to add some photos or videos. 11 Make the most of social media Announce your sponsorship page and ask people for donations on Facebook and Twitter. Add your JustGiving web address to your signature so everyone you contact can see it. And don t forget to tweet it too! Supersize your fundraising See if your employer will match your fundraising pound for pound, or up to a fixed amount. And ask your sponsors to Gift Aid their donation. Get in touch Please do get in touch if you have any questions or want support. We d love to hear from you on ** mariecurieuk *Based on minimum participant numbers. **Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am 5pm.

12 REGISTER NOW For more information visit mariecurie.org.uk/overseas If you have any questions feel free to call us on ** or We re here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. mariecurie.org.uk Charity reg no (England & Wales), SC (Scotland) B346a

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