Hi there. We're about to leave for BC early next week; myself, my wife and our 12 and 14 year old boys.
After a week on Vancouver Island we'll head to Whistler (3 nights), Clearwater (2 nights - Helmcken Falls Lodge), Jaspar (3 nights - Takarra Lodge), Lake Louise (3 nights - Deer Lodge) and then Banff two nights and home via Calgary.
Advice and tips welcome in particular on
1) places to stop / activities for the days with the long drives between Whistler and Clearwater and from Clearwater to Jaspar. Aim to have one or more stops to break the journey, for example, short hikes, 2 or 3 hours for rafting, etc Stops later on between Jaspar - LL and Banff seem pretty clear.
2) Anyone know of any organised stargazing the parks. We'll be around Whistler for annual meteor shower on 12th August? Did this once in Yosemite and it was great.
3) Suggestions welcome more generally for day trip canoeing - beginners or rafting also.
4) Finally, keen landscape photographer - suggestions for must take pictures.