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Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

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Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

first time to visit Canada, travelling with my family of 3 teenagers. Just thinking if the available time is too tight for the visit. Any suggestion for place, duration, transportation to cover the trip ? Or better stay at Vancouver and enjoy the spots within the nearby vicinity like stanley park, victoria, banff.

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1. Re: Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

Hi forestguard, welcome to the forum ~

I'm afraid that 4 nights at the end of October, with 3 teens, might very well be spent in Edmonton at the West Edmonton Mall.

The travel time between Calgary and Vancouver would be about 11 hours and 1100 km. It would take 3 nights on the way to drive it comfortably.

As well, October is too late for tourist season in Banff and the Rockies. Almost all attractions will be closed and there will be the chance of snow in Banff at least.

Staying in Vancouver would work for 4 nights. It would be cool and with probably more than 50% chance of rain. But with 4 nights you could have a nice visit in Vancouver. Even Victoria would be difficult to do and enjoy if you only have 4 nights. It takes 4 hours to get to Victoria one way. It would be okay if you spend one night in Victoria, but you would have fewer days then in Vancouver.

We usually suggest 14 nights to drive from Vancouver to Banff and then visit the Rockies to Jasper, before driving back to Vancouver. And usually between mid June to mid September.

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2. Re: Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

Hi MV,

Thank you for the quick response and valuable insights. We might consider a longer vacation maybe by April -May next year.

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3. Re: Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

If you drove to the places mentioned in a "circle route" starting and ending in Vancouver, it would be a 2,500 km trip.

Easily 30+ hours of driving.

Canada is a vast country...to really enjoy your trip you really need to spend some time with a map and to try and get a handle on elevations and weather. Visiting in April / May you could well be facing snow in Banff

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4. Re: Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

April/May will still be the end of winter/beginning of spring in the Rockies.

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5. Re: Vancouver-Banff-Calgary- Edmonton, 4 nights, end of October

+1 to the advice

Your time frame is way too short for even part of the trip you are proposing - it would be ALL driving a no seeing of anything. Plus, your timing is too late for most sightseeing and could put you in the middle of some really nasty weather. The higher mountain areas will starting getting real snow by sometime in October, and the last two years, in Edmonton, the snow has come and stayed in Edmonton by very early November (as in snow on the ground until sometime in March or later).

And April is still winter in the mountains, and often in the cities. If you want to see the Rockies, you should come between mid to late May (at the earliest) and early October. For the fullest range of activities and tourist sites, you need to come in June to mid September.

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