I moved to Calgary from France a few months ago and my parents are coming to see me this August. We're planning on a 2 weeks road trip From Calgary to Vancouver and back .
I'd like some advice as to what road to take and where to stop. We're planning on going up to jasper through the Icefield Parkway and spend a couple of nights there, while exploring around.
After that we're hesitating between going down to Vancouver passing through Pemberton, Whistler and finally Vancouver. Then exploring Vancouver Island, going all the way to Tofino and Victoria before heading back to Calgary.
Our other option would be going all the way to Prince Rupert and taking the ferry down the inner pass to Port Hardy, driving down Vancouver Island to Tofino, then head back to Vancouver for a couple of days and back to Calgary again. This option would take a lot more time and the ferry ride is very expansive, would it be worth it though?
And finally on the way back what road would you advice we take? Follow transcanada 1 maybe going through Kelowna for a stop, or taking the south road and going through Fernie and Waterton, knowing that we'll also spend a week in Calgary and we'll have time then to go to Banff, lake louise, morraine lake and everything around there.
I know it's a long post with a lot of options but any advice would be welcom, and also nice places along the road where we could stop for a bit of sightseeing and sleeping would be perfect!