I must admit it's been fascinating hanging out on this website the past couple of weeks and 'soaking up' all of the valuable information supplied by the Alberta travel experts on here...great stuff!
I've got an itinerary for a 2-week trip to Alberta/BC this October that I'd like to post here, so feel free to comment or critique if there is something I should change or add that would make the trip more rewarding. I also did quite a bit of research from the information tips listed on both sides of the pages here, so feel comfortable in setting up trips each day to the many impressive sights in each area...just wish I had more time.
I plan on heading up from northern Nevada on 10/03 and stay the night in Shelby, MT, which is close to the border, then on to Alberta the next day. Had thought about staying a night in Calgary but due to only having 2 weeks to do the trip, will probably push on through to Canmore or Banff that day, which according to Mapquest is supposedly doable in 6 hours or so, not counting stops, of course.
Would like to stay one night at Canmore and then the next two at Banff, but am still researching hotels in both areas, so not yet decided if that will be the plan or not. After 3 nights in Canmore/Banff, will head north to Jasper for 3 nights. After Jasper I head west to Vancouver with a stop en route, probably at Clearwater, BC, as I would like to see the waterfalls at nearby Wells Gray PP. And then on to Vancouver/Victoria for 6 more days before heading for home.
Wish I had more time to see eastern Alberta as I would like to get out to the Dinosaur PP for a couple of days, but don't have the time this trip, so will save that one for another journey. I'm obviously not going to have nearly enough time to see everything with just 3 nights (each) in Banff/Jasper, but that should be plenty for taking in a lot of sights, and hopefully I will be back that way in a few years.
Question: Is there a way I can bypass Calgary to head west towards Canmore after coming north from the border, or would it be too time-consuming taking another route? Looks like there are a couple of routes out of Lethbridge I can take, but don't know how fast they would be.
I realize that traveling to the Canadian Rockies in early October can sometimes be an 'iffy' propostion with the weather beginning to change, plus being able to see everything, as many of the tourist attractions have by then closed down for the season. The Maligne Lake cruise was one ride I was hoping to catch, but it looks like that one closes up for the season on 10/02, so will have to get it another time.
Really looking forward to this trip...