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Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

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Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

We are planning to travel by a rented car from Vancouver to Calgary.Our trip will be 12 days in total.

We will stay in Vancouver for at least 5 days.

We will have between one and three days to reach Calgary.

We will stay in Calgary another 4-5 days and fly back from there.

We want to see Whistler and also maybe Victoria.

How should we plan the trip?

Which road should we take?Which places to look on our way to Calgary?Where should we stay ovenight?

Is the road safe?

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1. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

Hi Apostolis,

With so few nights to drive across the province, you might consider the following:

Vancouver > Whistler > Salmon Arm > Banff > Calgary.

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2. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

What about the Canadian Rockies? Calgary is a nice city, but even the Calgarians on these forums would suggest cutting your time in the city to maximize your time in the mountains. The national parks are a UNESCO World Heritage site, but Calgary is not. Most people would recommend a minimum of five to seven days in the mountain parks, split between Banff and Jasper.

Yes, the roads are safe - the TransCanada highway #1 is a major national transportation corridor, as is the TransCanada/Yellowhead route through Jasper National Park.

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3. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

(Their other thread is about checking out the 2 big cities for relocation purposes in this short time.)

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4. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

Thanks.But where do you sugest we stay if we visit Jasper.Is it a long way from our route to Calgary?

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5. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

Thanks . What about the road from Whistler to Salmon Arm and then Banf.Is it ok?

What parks should we visit on our way to Calgary?

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6. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

If you are planning to travel in the summer, then all the roads that people have mentioned on your two threads will be okay.

Once you decide on which route you would like to take, let us know, and we can then recommend which parks are along that route. So far, I see at least three routes under consideration in the two threads. I would recommend that you sit down with Google maps, take a look at those three routes, and decide which looks the most appealing to you.

Edited: 01 April 2013, 22:39
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7. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

Ok .thanks.will do so and will be back soon

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8. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

Hi again.

Hope you are all fine.

We have decided to follow option B that is up to Jasper.

only if it gets really tiring with the kids we will shortcut it somehow..

Where should we stop, spend the night and which places parks should we visit.

Thanks once more

Apo

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9. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

I'm not sure what route "option B" is, but regarding the comment about shortcuts, and for deciding where to stop for the night, I would suggest you look at a a map, such as www.maps.google.com . You can use the "directions" feature to lay out your route and calculate estimated driving times between points. (So you can decide how many hours you wish to drive each day, and then look for a stop-over point.) You will notice that there are not very many roads on the map - this is not an error, nor is it that there are side roads or minor roads that just are not shown. There are only three roads in total into the town of Jasper: highway 93, the Icefields Parkway, from Lake Louise, and highway 16 east and west, to Edmonton or BC, respectively. The shortest route to or from Kamloops from Jasper is via highway 16W to #5; the shortest route to or from Calgary from Jasper is highway 93 to highway 1.

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10. Re: Road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

I think the OP means Option B here: tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154922-c120076/Britis…