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Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

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Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

I gained lots of useful info so far from Trip Advisor forums and taking on board the advice about catching the ferry from Vancouver Island on the day of our flight home, we have reversed our trip to include VI at the beginning. Our travel plan is: Vancouver 5 nights 30 June to 4 July( Marriott Pinnacle is booked); pick up car then Vancouver Island 4 nights 5-9 July; overnight stop in Delta Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops; Jasper 2 nights 10 -11 July; Banff 2 nights 12-13 July (probably The Juniper); 14-18 July 4 nights somewhere in Okanagan.

Advice I'm looking for is:

Where to stay on Vancouver Island (not Victoria and not Tofino)? Arrival at Nanaimo and leaving from Swartz Bay?

Where to stay in Okanagan? Is Kelowna too much of a city? Penticton?

Any other comments/suggestions welcome

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1. Re: Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

Sidney might be a nice stopover point at the end of your VI trip - it's a small, pretty town with enough to keep you busy for a day - perhaps longer if you decide to take the ferry to Sidney Spit Marine Park - vancouverisland.com/transport/details.asp…

The town is located about 10 minutes from the Swartz Bay ferry. And if you choose to do an 'advance reserve' ($17.00?) for a specific ferry, you need only allow [max] an hour before sailing. [Reservation = must be there 1/2 hr in advance; balance is getting there + "just in case" time :-)]

Here's one link to accommodation - www.sidneybc.com/sidney/hotelsmotels.htm

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2. Re: Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

If not Victoria or Tofino then you may want to look at Parksville as an option there are many resorts,one that I like is Pacific Shores.

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3. Re: Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

Staying in the Okanagan you will probably want to be on the lake,Kelowna is a spread out little city but has some nice quiet areas if that is what you are looking for. The Eldorado is a nice spot.

www.eldoradokelowna.com

This site may be helpful if you stay in Kelowna

www.tourismkelowna.com

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4. Re: Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

Is Sun Peaks already booked?

Sun Peaks is a 20-30 minute trip in from Highway 5, and the identical trip on the way out.

If you are taking Highway 1 up the Fraser Canyon from Hope why not continue north from Cache Creek to Highway 24 just short of 100 Mile House, over to Little Fort and 30KM north to Clearwater. In Clearwater try the Clearwater Lodge www.clearwaterlodge.com for a comparable stay to the Delta likely for less money and have a nice dinner in their restaurant (Good German fare).

Likewise if you are taking the Coquihalla up from Hope you have about 250 km of express driving (110kph, divided highway) with a lot of alpine to view; I personally prefer the canyon, a lot more to see and understand this great country...the gold rush route. After Kamloops is your turn to Sun Peaks...once again save that 30 minute drive in and continue straight about 45 minutes for Clearwater.

Summertime in Banff and Jasper can be very much like summertime in Disneyland, people everywhere you go. If you want to have a beautiful hike in the "Canadian wilderness", cut-out your Banff or Jasper day of hiking and stay in Clearwater an extra day. Go up to Wells Gray Park and take in the mountain scenery without the hordes of people you will encounter in Banff and Jasper. My favorite trail up there is called Moul Falls, a relative easy hike with little ascent/descent into a remote waterfall. Take your swimsuit with you, and if you are brave enough walk the trail up behind the falls...(remember to breathe) and around to the other side...very refreshing on a hot summer day. Also take in Helmcken Falls whether from the drive-up viewpoint or also hike in on the rim trail...note no protective fence at the rim and it is a long way down. If you need a little liquid libation after a day of hiking, take a quick 20 minute hike into Ray's Mineral Spring and taste Mother Nature's sody pop. Note sample some of it straight, then add some flavor crystals/Kool Aid.

Yes, definetly see Banff and Jasper but when in Banff, (not as bad in Jasper) get out of town and enjoy what Nature has to offer not the town.

I agree with the others, check out Eldorado in Kelowna or the Manteo Beach Resort; away from the city. If the city is too much, there is plenty of smaller places along Okanagan Lake, perhaps curve around Penticton at the bottom and take a 20 minute drive up to Naramata; plenty of small inns and B&B's right in the middle of wine country. After the Okanagan swing down to Osoyoos, Canada's desert and out highway 3 to Hope and back to Vancouver.

Enjoy what Alberta and B.C. have to offer, and like the UK for us Canucks, you can't take it all in.

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5. Re: Finalising BC July 2006 travel plan

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, especially B C guide. We hadn't considered visiting Wells Gray but have now skipped out Kamloops and dropped a night in Jasper to spend two in Clearwater and have found what looks like a fab place to stay.