Hi, I realize that the question below spans over BC and Alberta; I will take my chance here :-)
We are a family of 5 - 2 adults and three daughters ages 10, 12 & 14. This summer we will be taking a 5 week vacation in the US and Canada, with a two week focus in the BC and Alberta area. We will be renting a car for the duration and will begin a 14 day excursion on a flight from Chicago on July 14. On July 28, we will be boarding a 7 day cruise to Alaska.
And finally to the question(s) which deals with two possible different route:
2). Chicago - Seattle, Hope, Revelstoke, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, Victoria, Tofino, Vancouver, Seattle (to the cruise)
We love nature (will not camp typically, but will explore and walk a lot), and would like to combine some urban landscape and experience in the above as well.
Google maps indicates similar driving distances, so this is not providing any indication to me.
I will appreciate if you could assist in highlighting the pros and cons in the above. Also, your personal preference is highly appreciated.