Hi all, this is my first post on the Rocky Mountain forum, but I have been ‘lurking’ a while and I know there are loads of itinerary questions, so please bear with me on this one! A little about me and my husband, we’re mid 30’s and we’re hoping to have two weeks in Western Canada from 1-15th Sept. We love beautiful scenery (but not into energetic hiking or outdoor activities) we also love pretty towns and villages, with lively restaurants and a bit of retail therapy! This will be our first time in Canada, we’ve been to the US several times and have done two road trip holidays, one on the West Coast and last year we travelled around New England. We especially loved New England, and loved the mix of beautiful scenery and pretty towns, so hoping to find more of the same in Canada.
Vancouver – 3 nights: then pick up car to drive to Jasper, ideally I would love to do this drive in one go, but it probably isn’t feasible, with gaining the hour etc.
Stopover – 1 night: Any suggestions on a stopover point? Would like to get more than half of the drive done on the first day
Jasper – 4 nights
Lake Louise – 2 nights
Banff – 4 nights
Then drive to Calgary on the morning of our flight.
Then I got to thinking, do we really need 2 nights in Lake Louise? As well as the beautiful scenery, we like a lively town, from what I read here; there isn’t much in the town itself. Would we be better to add a night to Banff and do Lake Louise as a day trip? That would leave us with a night spare, where should I allocate this night, Vancouver? Jasper? Or somewhere new?
Sorry about the novel I’ve written here, I guess my main questions are as follows:
-Has anyone done the drive from Vancouver to Jasper in one day?
-If a stopover is a must, where best to stop? (Preferably over the half way point)
-Are we best to stay in Lake Louise, or is a day trip sufficient?
-If we don’t stay in Lake Louise, where should we allocate that extra night? (Or two if we do the drive from Vancouver to Jasper in one day)
Thanks for taking the time to read this and any replies much appreciated, we are just at the planning stage, so totally welcome any suggestions or changes!