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Jun 11th, 2014, 07:42 AM
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July tour of Rockies Vancouver to banff route help

We are a couple in our late 50's and this probably will be the only trip we make to this area in July for 7 to 10 days. We are not into hiking except small jaunts we like scenery, quaint wineries, canoeing boat touring etc right now out trip is Vancouver 3 days with day trip to Victoria
Whistler 1 day
Kamloops 1 day
Kelowma 2 days with side trips to the area south for the wineries
Banff 3 days with day trip to jasper day trip to lake Louise

Is this doable and any suggestions on best scenic drives, on other towns or places to see we can add in more days if needed
There is so much to see that we are very confused reading all the posts. Thank you
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Jun 11th, 2014, 12:22 PM
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Welcome!

Three days is the bare minimum in Banff, even if you aren't doing any real hikes. Lake Louise is an easy day trip from Banff - you can combine it with Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon to flesh out a day.

However, Jasper is not a day trip from Banff - it's at least 3.5 hours flat out one way and the Icefields Parkway is something you want to spend a whole day seeing. It's ranked as one of the top 20 drives in the world, and there are tons of things to do and see along the way. You'd either want to spend at least one night in Jasper or just go halfway along the parkway (to the Columbia Icefields) and back.

I would suggest taking out Whistler - the mountains there will pale in comparison with the Rockies. So it's probably not something worth your time for this short a trip.

Then allow 3-4 nights to meander across BC and do the wineries. Then at least 3-4 nights in Banff. Do one day in Lake Louise/Johnston Canyon, one around Banff and one half way up the Icefields and back. If you have additional time, you can see Yoho or do a night or two in Jasper.

July is peak season, with July 1 and the the first weekend in August being holidays. So book as soon as you can, and be aware that B&Bs, especially on weekends, may have 2-3 night minimums. Hotels are more likely to be flexible.
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Jun 11th, 2014, 04:53 PM
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Appreciate the advise we are going yo drop whistler and pan to stay at least one night in jasper maybe 2 since we can vary our schedule thx or the heads up about hotels we Ned to finalize our trip then book hotels. Thanks again
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