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two week trip: Vancouver, ?edmonton, Jasper

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I am one of a party of 4 (aged 25-32) we are off to Canada in Feb/March fo 2 weeks. We are flying into vancouver and intend on staying 2 nights before heading off to try and see the northern lights. Originally we were going to get a car and head towards prince george but now there is some suggestion that we will go to edmonton instead........before heading to Jasper for our second week of skiing.

Has anyone got any suggestions for our 1st week travelling, eventually arriving in Jasper on sat 3rd March ready for a week in the snow! we are active people who enjoy the outdoors, great food and fun.

Suggestions for our 1st week welcome and drive routes/times etc

Thanks x

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    Hi, gosh, the WEATHER possibilities make for lots of uncertainties.

    What airport are you flying OUT of Canada from?

    I love Edmonton, and when it comes to the far north, Edmonton both knows how to cope with winter, AND it has the expanse of THE MALL, among other things, for all-weather activities. IF you've never been to the West Edmonton Mall, you just have to go to see its impressive size.

    Also, go to the Muttart Conservatory. It would be so funny to go there in the dead of the harsh Canadian winter, while you look at plants and vegetation suitable only to much warmer climates.

    If I were planning such a trip (and if the roads were all passable) I think I'd fly into and stay the two nights in Vancouver (honestly, you deserve and will want more time there)... and then indeed drive off toward Prince George, possibly going east near to (the town of) "100 Mile House", and then onto Edmonton via Jasper.

    My fear is that you won't want to leave Jasper on that first passage through, but in some way it COULD help to gain a sense for the place before time spent in a big city, in which you might purchase various things you may want for Jasper.

    Perhaps it will be cold like you've never felt, in either spot, but whaddya gonna DO? - it IS "Canada".

    FYI - the West Edmonton Mall (wem.com) would allow that you could remove all of your winter/snow gear and run around like comfortable earthlings in a decent climate. (they even have a huge water park)

    If you get lost from one another, it could be hours before you find each other again, unless perHAPS you have cell phone service in Canada. (I got lost in the days before cell phones and texting)

    Be sure to keep your ear to the ground with regard to road conditions. Much of Alberta is FLAT, and seemingly harmless (when not in the direct path of a blizzard)... but obviously you have the Rockies between Vancouver and Edmonton.

    The drive between BC and Calgary, through the mountains, is plenty appealing too, if you happen to go that way before going on a loop up through Edmonton and back to Jasper.

    Average high temp in Edmonton on March 1 is 28 degrees (avg. low = 11)

    You should have a great time.

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