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The Rockies in July/August

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The Rockies in July/August

Hi

We are going to the Rockies at the end of July with our teens-aged 18 and 15.

We fly to Calgary and back from Vancouver 17 days later.

We plan to stay in Calgary for one night as we only arrive at 6pm. We will pick up a hire car straight away.

We want to see Banff, Lake Louise, the Icefields, Glacier, Jasper, Victoria and finishing for 3/4 days in Vancouver plus any other recommendations.

BUT which route should we do? How long is best in each place? The teens don't mind too much travelling but need some fun too.

Can anyone help us please?

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2. Re: The Rockies in July/August

Thank you for your suggestions. We have now booked 3 nights in Banff and are now trying to decide whether to stay in Lake Louise before going on to Jasper or just doing LL in a day trip from Banff then going to Jasper to stay.

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Hello,

I recommend that you stay a night (or two) in Lake Louise prior to driving to Jasper. There are fantastic activities in the Lake Louise area to provide fun for your teens such as hiking, biking, canoeing and rock climbing!

It is best to have a full day to experience the magnificent scenery and sites between Lake Louise and Jasper. Brewster Travel Canada has must-see attractions throughout Banff National Park including the new Glacier Skywalk opening May 2014.

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Note that the so-called "Glacier" Skywalk is located several kilometres away from the nearest glacier. It extends out from the mountainside over the Sunwapta River. To do this attraction, you buy your tickets at the Columbia Icefields visitor centre and are bussed 10 km up the highway to walk on the glass-floored platform, and then bussed back to the visitor centre. It's not possible to park or buy tickets at the site itself.

It replaced what used to be a free highway viewpoint with a paid attraction.

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5. Re: The Rockies in July/August

You may find this article helpful in your planning. Its written to accommodate travellers going from west to east, but there are links to maps, so its pretty easy to organize the advice in the other direction.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154922-c120076/Briti…

In general:

5 - 7 days in the Rockies themselves, 2- 4 days crossing BC, 2 days for Victoria but 5 - 14 days for Vancouver Island (add 3 or 4 days if you want to include Tofino) and then 3 - 5 days for Vancouver.

The BC tourism website can be helpful for understanding the assets of the different regions.

http://www.hellobc.com

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6. Re: The Rockies in July/August

Just reread my post and my summary for Vancouver Island is unclear. Let me explain myself a bit better:

To see Vancouver Island properly, you need 10 - 14 days. Obviously most tourists don't dedicate that much time to Vancouver Island (much to their chagrin, I can assure you) and so they have to choose to visit only certain areas on the island. If you only want to see Victoria, plan for two days, if you want to see Victoria AND Tofino, you'll need at least 5. Adding on other VI highlights will add days from there.

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