Thanks for the tips! Wineries are not really our thing (I'd be interested to visit some on the way maybe, but my boyfriend doesn't even like wine ;-)). I think the best option would be to visit Vancouver Island first (isn't there a whale festival going on then?) and then going to Banff/Jasper region. Maybe in April the snow will start to melt and if not, we could always try snowshoeing or maybe take some skiing lessons. I take it equipment can be rented there.
Well there are plenty of things to do like walk around Canada place, Hike the Grouse Grind, Hang out in Stanley Park, Visiting Granville Island.
I could recommend Wells Gray Provincial Park. It's a bit west of Jasper, so it should be more or less on the way from Vancouver to Jasper. It's well worth a stop. It has the typical great Canadian nature with enough hiking opportunities and great sights. You could also check out Mount Robson Provincial Park, between Wells Gray and Jasper.
Anyway, have fun on your trip! Vancouver island and these parks are certainly great places to go.
Thanks! Do you think hiking might be possible there or would it be winter sports?
I live on Vancouver island. Deff worth your trip over on the ferry. You can catch one into Victoria or one into nanaimo. Vic is a beaut of a city but if your into the outdoors courtenay has a world class mountain mt. Washington, good for skiing, snowshoeing, tube rides, whatever your into. You can also cross over to Tofino on the west coast and surf and hike. Check out cathedral grove on your way to see the biggest trees you have ever seen. Have a good trip!!
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Hiking in early spring means snow in the mountains-it's been a mild year so some lower trails will be walkable.
In the city a favourite of many is the complete circumnavigation of Stanley Park and the False Creek Seawall by rental bike-ending @ Granville Island for lunch-Note the rule is pedestrians water side/cyclists land side on shared paths-which most of the seawall is.
There are some great trails within the park as well.
Vancouver Island as mentioned is a wonderland of outdoor opportunity but since it's 300 miles long and 50 wide it helps to know where you want to go/what you want to do.
I did exactly this on one of my last trips to Vancouver, I would highly recommend renting a bike from one of the many shops right before the park entrance. You don't have to rent from the most expensive shops - stop by one of the mom and pops and check their pricing, you usually get a better deal and longer hours with them. I spent the entire afternoon in Stanley Park, biked the entire seawall, saw the totems and the aquarium, and biked the inner trails. It was incredible.
Granville, is always a must visit, but depending on were you're staying you could easily walk there, I walked there from my hotel in the middle of downtown and there's taxi boats available as well. It's best to go in the morning, in my opinion, get coffee and donuts!
C-Lo, I did send you a message some time ago.
Several people here in Vancouver suggested going to Whistler instead of visiting the Rockies. Would that be a better option? (It's less far to travel, that's for sure!)