hi im travelling to the west of canada in september and have been given a good price on a return flight from manchester to calgary. However i am only staying for 2 weeks and will be hiring a car and want to visit banff,lake louise whistler,jasper vancouver and vancouver island,probably stopping off in other places along the way. Will i be able to visit all these places and drive back to calgary without rushing around and always being in the car or is it worth paying extra to get my return flight home from vancouver?
It really depends on how long you want to stay in each city.
If you want to do just the typical tourist/vacation drive and sightseeing, 2 weeks should be enough.
If you want to do more like partying, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, boating, surfing, mountain biking/skiing, mountain climbing and etc you can easily spend 2+ weeks.
Banf, Jasper, Lake Louise, Whistler - about 1 day each?
Vancouver - anywhere from 3-5+ days depending on how what you want to see/visit/do
Vancouver Island - Anywhere from 2-4+ days depending on what you want to see/visit/do
then a drive from Vancouver island back to Calgary is about 1 day drive (14-16hrs).
Plus you might want to stop in Calgary and Edmonton for a few days.
(my first TP post ever!)
I agree with supersuk. Even though your only doing the two most western provinces they area your covering is huge. i think if you drive back and forth you will be disappointed that you didn't get to see and do all the things you wanted. Have great time and make sure you get alot of what's great in Canada, unspoiled wilderness. Don't just stick to cities and ski resorts is my advise. B.C. is beautiful
Thanks to you both for the advice.All booked now and have decided to fly into vancouver and out of calgary 2 weeks later,can't wait!