nipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 259 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 795 times:
In light of the thread Road trip USA, I wonder if the Canadians (and other specialists) among you have any tips, must-sees, etc. for me. I'm thinking most of August as the travel period, in total 2-3 weeks in the West. Starting point can be anything, as long as it's reachable from Toronto with a non-stop flight. Any ideas?
one mile of road leads to nowhere, one mile of runway leads to anywhere
Air77 From Canada, joined Dec 2010, 17 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 785 times:
Any major city in Canada is reachable from YYZ. AC and WS have a numerous flights daily to YEG, YYC and YVR. YYJ is served once a day non-stop by AC, and WS offers one stop same plane service. If you have 2 or 3 weeks, you can start your trip in YYC rent a car, and see Banff and the Canadian Rockies, then head out towards the Pacific. Vancouver is a long days drive from Calgary, but it is a nice two, three, or four day drive. Vancouver Island is also very popular with Victoria being one of the nicest cities in Canada. There are also a number of smaller, popular towns such as Tofino.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 668 times:
Would recommend this
Quoting Air77 (Reply 1): head out towards the Pacific. Vancouver is a long days drive from Calgary, but it is a nice two, three, or four day drive.
You can do it in 10-12 hours, but to be honest, dont - what a waste of scenery! As 77 says, take a few days. First stop Banff, then on to Lake Louise. Take a detour up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. You could backtrack to Lake Louise and through the Rockies through Golden & Revelstoke - so much scenery I cant begin to list it all here. Alternately, take the Yellowhead road through Valemount and end up in Kamloops, but you will miss the Golden area. Another option would be to fly into YEG instead of YYC and head straight out to Jasper, and down to Lake Louise and take a detour out to Banff if you wanted from there. After Revelstoke, I would then head down to Vernon and the Okanagan, check out Kelowna & Penticiton area and then head to Vancouver (stop at YXX on the way through to check out classic water bombers!) Another alternate from Kamloops is head across to Lilooet and down through Whistler into Vancouver. I would recommend taking 3-4 nights minimum to do any of this, take time to stop and do some hiking and just take in nature.
Quoting Air77 (Reply 1): Vancouver Island is also very popular with Victoria being one of the nicest cities in Canada. There are also a number of smaller, popular towns such as Tofino.
Another nice trip. Take the ferry Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay, very nice trip through the Gulf Islands, particularly at sunset. Head to Victoria, then up the Mallahat to Qualicum and across to Port Alberni - MUST stop at Sproat Lake to check out the Martin Mars! - then on to Tofino. You pretty much have to back track to Qualicum, then head up to Comox - take the ferry across to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast and take the trip back down to Vancouver through Sechelt, which involves two more beautiful ferry rides.
Or you can make a REAL road trip of it and go right up to Port Hardy and get an overnight ferry to Prince Rupert and take a real long road trip through northern BC to either YVR or YYC depending where you want to fly back out of.
Some good suggestions there. You also could combine some of what he suggested and take the Tsawwassen ferry from near Vancouver over to Victoria or Nanaimo then travel up to Port Hardy through Vancouver Is. visiting the places YVRLTN suggested then take the ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert returning from Calgary after traveling through the Icefield Parkway via Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. Then you'd get a chance to visit Smithers, which has always been on my list of places to go to, but I've never been that far down the Yellowhead Hwy. past Prince George. All of those places I've been too many times and are beautiful.
Although I haven't spent much time in the S. Gulf Is. that's also another good suggestion of places to visit while in the Vancouver Is. area.