I’ve received some conflicting advice on this from a couple of friends and I’m hoping for some clarity from the experts on this forum.
A Canadian friend has helped me organise a five-week itinerary covering the major cities in the east and then finishing in Vancouver with a drive through to Banff, via Jasper, and then back to Vancouver through the Okanagan. He strongly advocates driving this journey and says that Canadians would not usually bother taking the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff because it won’t stop when you see something good - a car gives you more freedom.
My Australian travel agent, who has worked with me a long time and who I also trust, has booked many people on the Rocky Mountaineer and says that one problem with driving is that, as the driver, I will miss a fair bit because I will be concentrating on driving. She has suggested taking the Rocky Mountaineer and then picking up a car in Banff for the drive back to Vancouver through the Okanagan. That sounds like “the best of both worlds” to me, but despite putting this to my Canadian friend on several occasions he is adamant that I should avoid the train!
All good advice will be gratefully received. :)