We are a couple mid twenties from Australia, planning a driving trip through the Canadian Rockies in late September 2013. We will be flying into Vancouver from San Francisco. At the moment our itinerary is:
2 nights in Vancouver
drive to Kelowna, 1 night stop in BnB
From here we are trying to figure out the best order to do things - we have 7 full days after we arrive in Banff/Lake Louise and on the 8th day will drive to Calgary for a flight to LA then home to Brisbane.
We have highlighted Banff, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine and Jasper as the places we really want to visit with the following drives/activities at the top of our list:
Bow Valley Parkway
Icefields Parkway and Glacier Experience
Gondola in LL or Banff
Trail ride on horses - half day
Maligne Lake and Spirit Island
Canoeing on Lake Louise
1 night stay at Chateau Lake Louise (celebrating my birthday)
We are aware there will be a fair bit of driving but we are quite used to driving long distances and really enjoy driving as a big part of a holiday especially when there is beautiful scenery - looks like there will be plenty of that!
Any advice from locals on our itinerary and anything we may have missed (or anything we should leave out)?