I would like to thank all those who have patiently answered my questions regarding many aspects of travelling to Canada and visiting the Rockies and then cruising to Alaska. Frommy, davidgmg, krp329, MuftiVancouver to name some. We have made a snap decision to go to the other side of the world and will be leaving home in a week to travel to the UK to cruise through the Baltic to various countries and ports including St Petersburg.
The logistics of making bookings (for Canada Alaska) at such a late stage became too difficult, as we were trying to catch up with friends on a set schedule. We will hopefully visit Canada next year and will have more time to pre-plan and probably hire a vehicle and drive ourselves. I wish Happy travels to all.