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1. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Hi all,

Myself 31 male and 2 friends jill 25 and simon 27 are leaving the uk on 14th may 2005 and flying to vancouver.we are hiring a car and going to

Vancouver Toronto
Banff Niagra Falls
Calgary Ottawa
Edmonton Montreal
Winnepeg Quebec
Thunder Bay

Im looking into places to see and do along the way but i would be very grateful if anyone has any ideas.Any suggestions would be great.We will be staying in hotels and hostels along the way and be in canada till 1st when we head onto boston


2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Banff there are many hikes and there is a condola and hot springs there which are great. And if you hike up the condola mountain you get a free ride down!

Calgary, hmmm in July there is the Stampede which is a huge festival of cowboys, rodeos, pancakes & sausages and lots of rides... its fun but you get there too soon :(

Edmondton there is - West Edmonton Mall, which is the largest shopping centre in the world.. ( I think, or at least it used to be), there is an amusement park inside and also a water park with a wave-pool, and water-slides.. both are lots of fun, if you are going to Edmonton you have to go on the main roller coaster that is in the mall

OH! and in between Calgary and Edmonton is Red Deer - which is where I am from .. there are some fantastic parks and trails that run through the city - worth a day trip if nothing else

I'll leave the other cities to someone else.. I only really know Alberta

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi Brendan,

This Summer I may take a cross country trip, driving West through the Northern US, then after Vancouver heading back East through Canada.

Do you know when, in July, the festival you mentioned takes place? How many days does it last?

If I take this trip over the Summer I'd probably be driving through Canada in July.


4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Sure thing!

The Stampede[quote] runs July 8th to the 17th. There are lots of different things to do, so if you are not into cowboys and cowgirls and cowboy-hats/boots/belts/spurs/etc etc there is still the rides and parades and food... you get the idea

BE WARNED: There are lots and lots of cowboy hats and other fashion disaters at the Calgary Stampede

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

NUTS! my link didn't work

Calgary Stampede

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Thanks Brenden,

I started to check out the site and I bookmarked it for future reference. I didn't realize you guys had cowboys up there North of the border:)

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

hehe oh indeed! More than igloo's, beavers, beer and dougs and bobs

I don't there is much "fame" of cowboys up here... you know, no John Waynes or Wyet Urps..

8. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Reece and Travel100... I live in Calgary and know the surrounding area very well... Lots of beautifull yet relatively unknown "tourist" stops..I can keep you busy for a day or a week!! just let me know what your into... I can help you most if your willing to Camp and experience the wild like any Canadian Tourists should =p.

Let me know how long you have from when you leave Vancouver to Calgary, and when you Leave Calgary for Winnipeg... There's lots to see!


9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Cool call Del!

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Thanks Del,

Once I have a better idea of what (and when) I'll be doing up in Canada I'll be sure to contact you. From what I see in pictures the Western parts of Canada look beautiful.