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We are a couple in our 50's, and have learned we like to stay at least 2 nights in each locale. We are flying from Long Beach, CA to Seattle and renting a car (because we can fly out of our little airport directly to Seattle and we have family that we must visit for a night or two on the way in or out). We want to spend several days in Vancouver, as well as Banff and Jasper. We have been to Victoria before, but would go there (or somewhere else on Vancouver Is., if highly recommended). We have up to 3 weeks, and we would lilke to go in late May, early June, if feasible. Our budget is fairly open. Suggestions for an itinerary and routes? Thanks!

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1. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

Welcome to the forums, KristiJoe ~

3 weeks is a great amount of time for your plans. I will forewarn that the Rockies doesn't "warm up" until about the 7-10 of June. This means ice is still on some of the lakes and some of the trails will be blocked with snow. Temps will be close to freezing overnight and mornings and evenings will be nippy. The coast will be warmer.

I would suggest you look at:

3 nights Seattle

4 nights Vancouver

1-2 nights on the way to the Rockies - here is an article outlining the possible routes between Vancouver and Calgary:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154922-c120076/Briti…

3 nights Banff

one full day on the Icefields Parkway, southbound

3 nights Jasper

one full day on the Icefields Parkway, southbound this time

1 night Lake Louise or Golden

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Then you would have some choices:

A) Lake Louise > 2 nights Kimberley > border crossing > 2 nights Spokane > Seattle.

http://goo.gl/maps/T7vzV

B) Golden > (Revelstoke) > 2 nights Nelson > border crossing > 2 nights Spokane > Seattle.

http://goo.gl/maps/S0kx5

C) Golden > (Revelstoke) > 2 nights Kelowna > 1 night Wenatchee > Seattle.

http://goo.gl/maps/gPDhI

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The route from Golden through Revelstoke down Slocan Lake to the Nelson area is a very attractive part of our province. On the other hand the road down from Lake Louise through Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere to Kimberley and south is pretty spectacular too. Kelowna and the towns north and south are in the Okanagan Valley, which is popular for the lakes, biking the former rail beds, and wineries, lots of wineries. So at this point it boils down to research which route would hold the majority of the things you would prefer to see and do.

Our very good tourism website might help you research what things are where:

www.hellobc.com

You also might like to look into a book called "British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies" by Frommer.

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Yes, I would pop over to the Canadian Rockies forum for a chat with the good folks on that board for a sense of what you can expect in the Rockies at that time of year. I believe you can expect it to be very pretty and snow covered, but also some of the main attractions are not accessible due to snow. Its also still pretty cold. Nothing wrong with visiting at that time of year, but make sure you know what you are getting in to.

I find you really need to plan on at least 10 days to get from Vancouver to the Rockies and back, and then you have a couple of nights in Seattle, so that's two of your three weeks. So its a case of deciding how to spend those last few days.

Visiting the north and central island would be one great idea. Another would be to extend your trip across the Rockies into Alberta, which also has some great things to see, and very different terrain from what you find in BC. Again, I'll direct you to the Alberta boards to get some ideas from the people more familiar with that area. Some of the inland areas in BC mentioned by Mufti would also be a great option.

Decisions, decisions....

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3. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

Wow - great suggestions! Let me digest them and pester you all with more questions!

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4. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

<<3 nights Banff

one full day on the Icefields Parkway, southbound

3 nights Jasper>>

By now you will realize that southbound should read "northbound."

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Holy cow, you guys will have the OP thinking that the Canadian Rockies is the North Pole!! ;-) Yes, the climate here in the mountains is cooler than many areas of Canada, and especially the BC coast, and it is true that the high elevation glacial lakes usually still have ice on them through the first few days in June, and the peaks and high passes will still have snow. But in the valleys in late May and early June, it is spring, with flowers blooming and lots of wildlife and their babies to be seen.

Here in the Jasper area, this past June (which was cooler and wetter than usual) had an average daily high of 18C and a low of 5, with one night when the temperature dipped a fraction of a degree below freezing.

…weatheroffice.gc.ca/climateData/…

KristiJoe, have a read through some of the trip reports that are compiled here: tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g659487-c123791/Canadi… ... those will give you lots of ideas for western Canada.

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6. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

Ha ha, nope not the North Pole. But when Lake Louise is half covered with ice into the first week of June and Vancouver is ,,,,,,,, well ,,,, not, it's good to be advised of the difference.

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7. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

We're all just a pile of wimps down here! :> but I'm not wrong in saying that Edith Cavel and Peyto Lake is not accessible, am I? (And now Edith Cavel is not accessible anyway, so not really an issue until such time as they decide how to proceed there.)

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8. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

Peyto would be accessible late May.

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9. Re: Seattle-Vancouver-Jasper-Banff-Seattle

You can try Tofino on Vancouver Island for some humpback whale/nature viewing if you're into that type of activity.

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