I’m planning to visit to Western Canada and would appreciate it if anyone has done a similar route and duration or know the areas I plan to visit and would have a look at my schedule and see if I have allowed adequate time in each place.
I am looking at booking independently rather than booking a preset route through a travel agent. I may book flights and car rental car as a package.
We are a couple travelling so I think a fly drive will be the most suitable option but I am the only driver so trying to keep distances manageable. Initial planning is for late August into September.
4 nights Banff include visit to Lake Louise or 3 nights Banff 1 night Lake Louise
3 nights Jasper
2 nights Clearwater
1 night between Clearwater and Vancouver Island (possibly Hope area)
Ferry Tsawwassen to Duke Point or Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay
3 nights Tofino
2 nights Victoria
Ferry Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
4 nights Downtown Vancouver
Fly from Vancouver (depart approx 16:00) back to UK
The above schedule leaves me with 1 night spare.
Would it be worth spending 2 nights instead of 1 while travelling between Clearwater and Vancouver Island and travel via the Okanagan Valley. The only thing with this is I would have quite liked to travel through the Fraser Canyon and Hell’s Gates so would this put me too far out of the way?
I could spend a night in Calgary but would prefer to head straight to Banff when arriving as I would rather concentrate on the Rockies than sightseeing/shopping in Calgary.
Not particularly interested in visiting Whistler unless it makes science to drive that way on route to Tofino and use the spare night.
Would I be better just adding the additional a night to Banff or Jasper?
I have spent hours reading travel guides and Tripadvisor forum and have started going in circles! Basically is the plan sound?
What would be my best option for a Whale watching trip? I am assuming Victoria!
What would be my best option for Bear watching or will I see them anyway?
My initial plan has me leaving Jasper to travel to Clearwater on Sunday Sept 1st. Will this be a problems with traffic as I do realise Monday the 2nd Sept is Labour Day. Will Labour Day have any great impact on us visiting Wells Grey Provincial Park besides it been busier?
Once in Vancouver should I return the car or hold on to it for visiting Grouse Mountain and Capilano suspension bridge and transport to airport. I will stay downtown so would I be as well just using public transport? I could keep car 1 day in Vancouver for Grouse Mountain and Capilano.
Nothing is booked as yet but as for timing of my visit I cannot avoid Labour Day one way or another.
I know I have covered a lot but if I am given just a few bits of advice that would be great.Edited: 03 January 2013, 17:24