My boyfriend and I have decided on the Rockies & Vancouver as this year’s holiday destination. I am trying to come up with an itinerary that balances hiking and sight seeing with chill out time.
I have read and re-read many of the posts on this forum and the reviews of activities and hotels and the result is as follows:
Night 1: Banff/ LL
Night 2: Banff/ LL
Night 3: Banff/ LL
Night 4: Banff/ LL
Drive to Jasper via Ice fields Parkway
Night 5: Jasper
Night 6: Jasper
Night 7: Jasper
Night 8: Jasper
Drive to Whistler
Night 9: Whistler
Drive to Vancouver
Night 10: Vancouver
Night 11: Vancouver
Night 12: Vancouver
Night 13: Vancouver
Drop back rental car and fly back to Ireland on 12th October.
Ok, here's the questions bit:
We are not too keen on doing too much stop starting, meaning staying one night in a place and then packing up the next day to move on (although obviously this is inevitable when getting from Jasper to Vancouver). We prefer basing ourselves in one location and taking day trips.
My question is; is it *worth* taking in Jasper, or would we be better doing the Ice fields Parkway in a day trip from Banff/ LL and extending our stay in Banff/LL area before travelling to Vancouver via the Okanagan wine lands. (I put worth in between ** because I’m sure Jasper has many beautiful landscapes and mountains and I’m not dismissing it – but will staying there add something more to the trip that is not in Banff/LL?)
Having said that, I was bowled away by some of the scenery shown on the rocky mountaineer website (we were considering taking this but it’s just out of our price league) but will you see this scenery if you drive from Jasper to Vancouver.
We are both scout leaders, so would be fairly adventurous and we are looking to get some good hiking time in, but we also enjoy good wine and good food.
This leads me to my next question. I am finding it hard to choose a place to stay in Banff and Jasper (if we get there!). I am obviously taken by the Fairmount’s in both Banff and LL, but they are very pricy. I like the look of the Fox and Brewsters (although that doesn’t seem to have gotten very good reviews on TA). Really, does anyone have a recommendation for a slightly upmarket hotel that is close to restaurants and downtown area. In Jasper however, the hotel choice seems to be quite limited with very few near downtown. I have never stayed in a log cabin/ bungalow resort, are there restaurant choices available in these?
So basically any thoughts on an authentic Rockies trip with as little moving about as possible would be most gratefully appreciated!!