I will be on a holiday in the US from Christmas Day until mid-Feb, just visiting relatives and a bit of sight-seeing, so I thought I might check out Canada as well! The thing is, I'll be by myself and I really want to check out Banff and Vancouver in January next year. My plan (so far) is to fly from Philly to Calgary, then get one of those shuttles to Banff.
As for accommodation, I've been looking at HI Alpine Center in Banff for 2-3 nights, which is reasonably priced and looks decent. In Banff, I was going to do one of those day tours (Banff Tours) which will take me to Lake Louise and surrounding areas. I know there's plenty of things to see in Banff, but if I want to see the basics, is 2-3 nights enough? Other than the Banff Tour for one day, I was pretty much just going to wing it, depending on the people I meet at the hostel.
After Banff, I was planning on catching the Greyhound bus to Vancouver, stay in the hostel (for 3 nights) at Granville and wing it again.
Does that sound ok? I just want to experience/see Canada even for a few days and meet a few people along the way.