a new partner, two new tours, and new price promotion for 2012

This summer, take some well-deserved time for you and bring a friend on unforgettable, hassle-free history journeys through southwestern Alberta with the Galt Museum & Archives Get Outta Town Summer Bus Tours, presented with Red Arrow Motorcoach; along the way you'll immerse yourself in local stories, meet fascinating characters and indulge in fabulous local food; and you’ll be returned safely to sleep in your own bed.

 “We are very happy to be working this year with Red Arrow Motorcoach to offer extra service and luxury in our Get Outta Town bus tours,” says Leslie Hall, Community Program Coordinator at the Galt. “We will also have our expert guides on board the bus to share knowledge along the way.”

 “In Waterton, we are offering a choice of new afternoon tours in addition to the morning tour with a Festival guide. Our newest tour, The Mormon Trail, will include stops in Stirling, Raymond, Magrath and Cardston. We are then bringing back an updated version of the Crowsnest Pass History tour first offered in 2007. The schedule would not be complete without our popular half-day Hutterites & History tour!”

 “We are able to offer a new price promotion in 2012 as well,” says Hall. “Ticket purchasers will have the option of purchasing a second ticket for half price, so it’s a great day out for friends!” 

 John Stepovy, General Manager at Red Arrow, says that “Red Arrow Motorcoach is pleased to be a partner of the Galt Museum & Archives Get Outta Town Bus Tours that showcase southwestern Alberta historic sites, intriguing stories, and offer a chance to learn its remarkable history. Relax and enjoy your amazing getaway!”

Four tours are scheduled for June 23, July 7 and 28, and August 18 :

Waterton Wildflower Festival [full-day tour]: Sat JUN 23 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

The tour begins as we interpret the history en route to Waterton National Park for two fabulous flower-focused tours at the Waterton Wildflower Festival: a morning Wildflower Walk with a festival guide and your choice of one of these afternoon options: Wildlands nature stroll and tea OR Wildflowers in landscape photography - tips and tools of trade. There will be a short time at lunch to visit the Wildflower Festival exhibits or the town site.

NOTE: nature walks are on unpaved pathways/dirt trails.  Must be able to stand and walk at a gentle pace for 2 hours at a time.  Lunch venue has stairs and no elevator. 

Crowsnest Pass History [full-day tour]: Sat JUL 07 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Explore Crowsnest Pass history with a guided gallery tour and boardwalk talk the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre [time to explore on your own is also included] and experience what it was like to be a miner in the Bellevue Underground Mine tour [be sure to bring along warm clothing!]

 The Mormon Trail [full-day tour] : Sat JUL 28 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mormon settlers built the unique towns of Cardston, Magrath, Raymond, and Stirling - all laid out according to church mandate, with wide avenues, and cooperative structure. Today, the Mormon Trail features National and Provincial historic sites, safe walk-able communities, and a unique cultural heritage. We will visit these communities with our expert tour guide.

Hutterites & History [half-day tour] : Sat AUG 18 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Why do southern Alberta Hutterites dress the way they do? How do they live? Learn about Hutterite history and culture over pastries and coffee at the Galt, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the modern Wilson Hutterite Colony, and enjoy a home cooked lunch with the community.

NOTE: Pathways are gravel or wooden sidewalks. Lunch venue accessed via short flight of stairs (approx. 5 stairs).   

 “We are grateful for the community support for The Mormon Trail tour,” says Hall, “including from the Belles of the Badlands and the Canadian Badlands organization which have helped to promote this.” 

 All excursions include guided transportation on board the comfortable Red Arrow coaches, site admissions, guided tours, snacks, water and juice, as well as lunches prepared locally where possible.  Tour costs are $90/person for full day tours and $50/person for the half day tour. This year, ticket purchasers will have the option of purchasing a second ticket for half price. 

 Pre-registration for each tour is required and ends seven days prior to each tour. To register, stop by the information desk, or call 403.320-3954 [toll-free 1.866-320-3898 ext 0].  All tours require the ability to stand and walk on uneven surfaces and the ability to walk up a flight of stairs. To discuss mobility or dietary concerns prior to purchasing a ticket, call Leslie Hall at 403.320-4700.

 or more information on the Galt Museum & Archives visit


Red Arrow Motorcoach is a luxury business-class passenger service; its coaches are specially designed with customers in mind, featuring 36 reclining business class seats with 30% more leg room, a privacy row seating option and additional complimentary services that include: lap belts or 3 point seat belts, fold down tables, wireless internet, movies, satellite and local radio, power outlets and onboard refreshments and snacks. Thanks to emerging technology, coaches run cleaner engines and reduce emissions.

Red Arrow Motorcoach is a privately owned and operated Alberta company founded in 1979 and has safely transported millions of passengers to all of our Alberta destinations. It offers daily scheduled Motorcoach service to Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge, where its new office was recently opened at the Sandman Hotel, #7 – 449 Mayor Magrath Drive South. It also stops at the University of Lethbridge Transit Bus Loop next to the Students’ Union Building on Aperture Drive West.

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