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Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

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Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

Hi

We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 boys, 8 and 5) who are seeking to travel to Western Canada from June 19 to July 3. (total of 14 nights). We have read through a lot of the information on the boards and have a few quick questions. We are seeking a relaxing kid friendly vacation.

Based on the information provided so far: we have identified Tofino, Vancouver, Jasper and Banff as the key elements of our trip. We have secured reservations for 4 nights at Ocean village in Tofino from 20-24 and 8 nights from 25-2 at Douglas Fir resort. Now we are attempting to give final touches to our itinerary.

Trying to pick one option and need your opinion.

Nt Big_Ticket_1 Fly_Vic Fly_Vic_2 Fly_Vanc

1 Vancouver NA Victoria Vancouver

2 Tofino Tofino Tofino Tofino

3 Tofino Tofino Tofino Tofino

4 Tofino Tofino Tofino Tofino

5 Tofino Tofino Tofino Tofino

6 Vancouver Banff Banff Banff

7 Vancouver Banff Banff Banff

8 IP to Jasper Banff Banff Banff

9 Jasper Banff Banff Banff

10 Jasper Jasper Jasper Jasper

11 IP to Banff Jasper Jasper Jasper

12 Banff Jasper Jasper Jasper

13 Banff Calgary Calgary Calgary

14 calgary Calgary Calgary Calgary

Thanks

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1. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

I'm sorry but I'm having trouble understanding your proposed itinerary the way it is typed out.

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2. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

Sorry to be the bearer of not good news. You are not going to get a relaxing kid friendly vacation with that plan; the distance to get to the Rockies are a lot of road time to just get there and from Tofino you are looking at probably 2 days if driving. and it would be interesting how you could make the flight connections to even do that if you flew to Calgary (the closest commercial airport)

If Douglas Fir Resort is the one in Banff this is how much road time you need to get there https://goo.gl/maps/AHnH1arM6ny

and you really can not visit Jasper and be kid friendly from a base in Banff.

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3. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

As mentioned, could you post your itinerary in a form that's easy to read. Hard to understand what you are doing from your post.

Also, you have booked 8 nights in Banff, but are indicated at least three days in Jasper. If you are planning time in Jasper, you need to stay in Jasper. It is not a day trip from Banff. So you either need to plan on a week in Banff or try to find accommodation for those nights in Jasper.

Agreed that your travel days are way too ambitious. Doing Victoria as a day trip is a very, very long day and not kid friendly. And you need at least one night, usually two or three to get from Tofino to Banff in anywhere near a relaxed, kid-friendly pace.

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4. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

If you have not already secured accomodation in Banff or Jasper you might not find any. Hotels are reporting 100% occupancy. Most visitors book 6-9 months in advance.

What is your budget / night in CAD? You might find nothing in your budget as any rooms left will come at a premium.

Where are you coming from? Do you need ETA’s? Or a Visa?

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5. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

It looks like you have underestimated the distances in Canada and the time it takes to travel between your selected destinations. I

With 2 weeks, do Vancouver and the Rockies or Vancouver and Vancouver Island, but don't try to do both. Not with kids. Not if you want to relax. I would switch around the itinerary to something like this:

Option 1: Vancouver + Vancouver Island

1: Arrive in Vancouver

2. Vancouver

3. Vancouver

4. Vancouver to Victoria (3-4 hour journey minimum, one way)

5. Victoria

6. Victoria

7. Victoria to Tofino (5-hour journey minimum, one way)

8. Tofino

9. Tofino

10. Tofino

12. Tofino

13. Tofino to Vancouver (5-hour journey minimum, one way)

14. Depart Vancouver

Option 2: Vancouver to the Rockies to Calgary

1: Arrive in Vancouver

2. Vancouver

3. Vancouver

4. Vancouver to the Okanagan (Kelowna, Penticton, etc.) - 5-hour journey, minimum one way

5. Okanagan Valley (kids love this area)

6. Okanagan Valley to Revelstoke

7. Revelstoke to Banff

8. Banff

9. Banff

10. Banff to Jasper via Icefields Parkway

11. Jasper

12. Jasper

13. Jasper to Banff via Icefields Parksway

14. Banff to Calgary to home

Edited: 28 May 2018, 20:51
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6. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

Thanks everyone for the responses. Let me try to put the plans in an understandable format. We were planning on flying to Calgary. I need to find something in jasper.

Option 1:

Day 1: Vancouver

Days 2-5 : Tofino

Day 6; Tofino to Vancouver, flight to Calgary overnight Banff

Day 7-9; Banff

Day 10-12: Jasper

Day 13-14: Calgary and Drumheller

Option 2:

Day1.2: fly into Victoria

Days 3-5: Tofino

Day 6: flight to Banff via Vancouver

Day 7-9: Banff

Day 10-12: jasper

Day 13-14: Drumheller Calgary

Option3:

Day1 fly into Vancouver

Days 2-4 Tofino

Days 5-6 Vancouver

Day 7-9 jasper

Day 10-13 Banff

Day 14: Calgary

Option 4: Ditch the flight

Days 1-4 Vancouver

Days 5-7 okanagan valley , last night get to rev

Day 8-10: jasper

Day 11-13: Banff

Day 14: Calgary

I guess the key question is which 3 of these would you count as key locations with kids.

From reading the threads seems like jasper Banff and Tofino to me. Vancouver ,we have never been to , but we feel like we can cover it anytime from the Bay Area (taking Disney Cruise next year to Alaska)

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7. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

We are us citizens coming from the Bay Area.

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8. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

As mentioned up thread, you will likely need to take a lot of time and effort to find accommodation in the Rockies (Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Jasper) for a trip next month. Given that, I would go with Option 1 post 5. If you can find accommodation in the Rockies then Option 2 in post 5 would work well.

Alternative accommodation to hotels in Jasper: www.stayinjasper.com

Alternative accommodation to hotels in Banff and Lake Louise: www.banfflakelouise.com

You really need to secure accommodation in Banff and Jasper to see how your itinerary will fall into place from there. Vancouver is very busy too, so see what accommodation is available there.

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9. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

Ok, so in one day, you are trying to get from Tofino, across to Vancouver, and then board a plane to Calgary, then pick up a rental car and drive to Banff... IN ONE DAY!?

Tofino to Nanaimo - 3 hrs without stops (and its worth stopping) and this year this is road works. I'd allow 4 hours.

Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay - 2.5 hours to allow for marshalling at the terminal and boarding time

Horseshoe Bay to YVR - 1.5 hrs depending on traffic.

YVR to Calgary airport - lets call that 4 hrs. You have to return the car, check in, go through security, the flight time of about 60 minutes and then gettting your bags on the other side and getting your car. Plus you lose an hour in the time zone change, so lets call it 5 hours.

Calgary to Banff - 2 hrs.

So what's that? a out 14 hours of transit time. And you can't leave the West Coast before 7 am because of the road works. That puts you in Banff by 9pm at the earliest if everything goes smoothly. Doable, but very ambitious and exhausting.

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10. Re: Vancouver to Rockies Road Trip

Thanks everyone. We have the following iterinery locked down. My aim is to have one busy travel day and a few days of relaxation.

June 19: Arrive Vancouver

Jun 20:24 : Ocean Village Resort

Jun 24: Travel day. Flight from YVR at 4pm.

Jun 24-28 : Banff Douglas Fir

Jun 28-July1 : Best western Jasper

July1-3 : Calgary

The travel day on 24 is a concern. Also are we better off staying all the time at Banff (and skip Jasper).

Thanks

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