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