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Canadian Rockies Itinerary

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I am hoping someone can advise me on the tail end of my Canadian Rockies trip. My husband and I depart Vancouver on10 Sept on the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff, overnight in Kamloops (Silverleaf). This is very expensive but apparently magnificent views. I have two nights booked in Banff with a Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day full day tour booked for the 12th September. Early the next day (13th) we depart on a Bus tour to Jasper, incorporating Lake Louise (again), The Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake. This tour ends in Jasper so we will need to stay at least overnight. We want to do the Jasper tramway and are thinking of white water rafting but we are time poor. I had booked a half day Jasper sight seeing tour incorporating Patricia Lake, Pyramid Lake, Maligne Canyon but am thinking of cancelling that and doing the Jasper Tramway instead as I am concerned this will be more of the same type of things we will see on the previous tours and since I booked that tour, I was advised to go on the Jasper Tramway. I have total flexibility with my tours so would appreciate any advice.

My main problem is that I booked the 'Canadian' train from Jasper to Vancouver because I didn't know how else to do it at the time and we were hesitant to drive because we don't even know where to go so may have missed important stuff. Now I'm thinking of cancelling to save a lot of money as my cancellation fee is $200 but we paid nearly $2000 for this overnight train trip. I am now thinking that we will see the same type of scenery as we did on the Rocky Mountaineer ?? I thought that an alternative would be to catch greyhound buses (cost no more than about $500 and stay at maybe Kamloops (any other suggestions???). Is there a 'must see' between Jasper and Vancouver???. Alternatively, we could hire a car. We depart Vancouver for Australia on 18th September and while we will have visited Victoria Island for an over nighter and Grouse Mountain on a day trip , we won't have seen any of Vancouver itself to this point. We depart on the 18th so I thought I would need to leave at least the 17 for sight seeing Vancouver city. Whister is another big attraction but I am fairly sure we just can't fit that one in.

Appreciate any advice - sorry for the long winded post!

Cheers Carol

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