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Hi!

I need help with my trip to Banff/Jasper and Vancouver/Pemberton, I will really appreciate all the help that I can get!

I don´t have a specific amount of days to travel, so I´m pretty much opened up to anything you could recommend me. If someone has done the trip previosuly, how many days would you recommend and where should I stay each day? I have from September 20th - October 2nd (I might be able to do sept 19th - oct 3rd).

I´m from Mexico, so this might be my one and only chance to do this, so I´m asking for all the help I can get to make my trip perfect!

Thank you very much!

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    Hi.

    If you are flying from Mexico to Calgary or Vancouver, then you can rent a car from either airports. Here are some of my suggestions from Calgary.

    1. Make sure the car you are renting allows you to travel between Alberta and BC. And they offer you unlimited KMS. Otherwise you will spend a lot of money.

    2. It is not snowing yet in Banff are so you are ok to go for hikes. Which means you can easily spend 2 to 3 days in Banff.

    3. From Banff you should leave in the morning so that you can stop at Lake Louise and then at Columbia Icefields on your way to Jasper. Both should take about 3 to 4 hours each. So plan your time accordingly. It is not a good idea to go to Jasper and come back to Icefields because you will waste almost a day coming back half way towards Banff and then going back to Jasper. We were in Jasper in July this year. Check out our post below.

    http://www.travelfolio.net/jasper-is-the-place-for-nature-lovers/

    4. Columbia Icefields will give you option to go to the Glacier using their bus or you can walk. Check out some of our photos to decide if you want to walk to the Glacier or take the bus. Walking was fun and it looked a daunting task at first but it wasn't.

    5. Make sure to follow speed limits when you are going from Banff to Jasper. Over the years we have seen and heard a lot of police activity specially in 70 KM zones.

    6. From Jasper you have 2 options to go to Vancouver. Either you come back towards Lake Louise and take highway 1, which is very beautiful drive depending upon your time of travel. OR you can take highway 16 and I think 5 and then 1. This will not be as beautiful drive like the other one. However nonstop drive will take you to Vancouver in about 10 + hours.

    7. Here what I would recommend you to do is take highway 1 (going back towards Lake Louise) and stop in Golden and Revelstoke for break and food. When you pass Ravelstoke, you will reach highway 97 which will take you to Vernon and on wards to Kelowna. You have the option of staying in Vernon for a night, or in Kelowna which is about an hour from Vernon. I would strongly recommend stop over in beautiful city of Kelowna. Spend a day and next morning leave for Vancouver. On your way to Vancouver stop (for short brakes) in Hope, Abbotsford, Surrey and then Vancouver. Hope is the end of mountains.

    8. If time permits in Vancouver, then go to Whistler next morning (for a day). Return next evening and take another day trip to Victoria for a day. Leave in the morning and take the ferry to Victoria. It is fun experience on the Ferry to Victoria and return next evening to Vancouver.

    8. Ideally you can spend a lot of time in Vancouver, however I would say spend 2 to 3 days in Vancouver and go to Pemberton. I know nothing about Pemberton. Sorry I can't be of any assistance.


    I think I typed too much so please count the days and plan accordingly. If I can be of any help, contact me through my blog and I sure would love to help.

    Happy travels from TravelFolio

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