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6 day enough?? Cal-jas-cal

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6 day enough?? Cal-jas-cal

hi, ive 6 or 7 days around calgary.I'd like to rent a car & drive to Banff then Jasper. Would you recommend any where to stay in Banff or Jasp? Is there any way of returning to Cal without retracing ones steps? I'm used to Irish roads, is it likely that there will be forzen roads 1st-7th of April?

Are there any other 'must sees' in the area?

I fly from Vanc on the 12th is the drive Cal to VC worth it? or would you reccomend flying, i've had mixed opinions.

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1. Re: 6 day enough?? Cal-jas-cal


To answer your questions in reverse order: I DO NOT recommend driving from Calgary to Vancouver in the winter. In this part of Canada, early April is winter in the mountains, and mountain driving can be quite intimidating for some in the summertime.

Six days is barely enough time to do justice to Banff and Jasper. Although the Calgary and Edmonton area have many fine attractions, a first-time visitor would do well to focus on the mountains.

The roads that you take will be well-maintained, but in Alberta in April, there is always a chance of a heavy snowfall. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't drive, but rather that you should drive prudently. Read Inside Canada: Winter Driving for a basic run-down on what to expect:


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2. Re: 6 day enough?? Cal-jas-cal

Early April is definitely still winter at higher elevations in the Canadian Rockies, so yes, you should be prepared for winter driving conditions along the Icefield Parkway (from Lake Louise to Jasper). At Bow Summit and the Columbia Icefield, the snowbanks at the edge of the highway will be over the top of your car, however, unless there has been recent snowfall, the road surface will hopefully be bare and dry.

You could drive back to Calgary from Jasper by going east to Edmonton and then to Calgary, but that is a longer - and very boring - drive. The Icefield Parkway is incredibly beautiful, rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world (even after 25 years of living here I am not yet tired of it) and you get all different views when you drive it in the other direction, so I recommend that you retrace your steps that way.

The drive from Calgary to Vancouver is also very beautiful, but again, because it is up and down over mountain passes, conditions may not be optimal in April. Others will correct me if I am wrong, but I think it is about a ten to twelve hour drive... in summer conditions.

If you search the British Columbia and Alberta forums for "winter driving" and "Icefields Parkway", you should be able to read recent discussions on this topic - there has been a lot of questions about it lately.

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