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Vancouver, Calgary roundtrip 4.5 days

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I know this is super hectic and so unadvisable (I was voted down for all the alternatives) so now I want to basically do a somewhat workable itinerary (knowing that there is a crap ton of driving everyday) for July. We planned the trip too late so the only lodging available for the group in our price range was in Calgary (the flight tickets were bought ahead of time but no one did research so that also was a miss).

Day 1 Vancouver to Calgary (10 hours with no scenic stops or some stops, I don't even know if it's worth it to stop?)
Day 2 Calgary to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise to Icefields Parkway as far as Peyto Lake and Bow Lake to Calgary (10 hours driving round trip - probably 16 hour day)
Day 3 Calgary to Columbia Icefield to Calgary (12 hours driving round trip with stops - 16 hour day)
Day 4 Calgary to Banff(gondola to Suplhur Mountain and 1 hike) to Seattle (14 hours driving)

We are going on an Alaska cruise after this so generally was to hit the main "highlights". Otherwise, is there any way to put in 1 or 2 stops in day 1 or day 2? We know pretty much will have to start at 5am or earlier each day. Normally I know this itinerary would be a full 7 days... are my time estimates at least accurate?

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    >>are my time estimates at least accurate?<<

    No, you have really underestimated. Are you using Google map estimates, by chance?

    For example, we normally take 2 days to go from Banff to Vancouver, but it could be done in one long day. Add an hour for coming from Calgary, add more time for it being July (a lot is 2 lane, winding mountainous, no passing, lower speed limit) and getting stuck behind RVs and trucks - so...maybe one quick bathroom/refueling stop, maybe 14-15 hours?

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    Hopefully, kgsneds will weigh in with some details and advice here. Our trips have always been in the fall, when it's not quite as busy on the roads. As you may already know, this summer is predicted to have record-setting crowds due to the national parks' 150 anniversary.

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    You can do the trip, but it will be all driving and no seeing. Honestly, I'd stay in BC - you could probably find something in Revelstoke or Golden.

    SLudick is quite correct in that you are probably very much underestimating drive time. Not only will July be very, very busy in terms of traffic, there's a lot of construction along the TransCanada Highway in both BC and AB. Plus major parking issues at many places in the parks.

    Vancouver to Calgary is probably a minimum of 11 hrs of driving without any stops, traffic or construction. Given the conditions this summer, I'd probably guess at least 13 hrs. Not sure why you'd do the drive without time to see things - kind of the whole point.

    Day 2 is even less feasible - probably easy 9+ hours of flat out driving. And especially coming all the way from Calgary, you'd be battling for parking at Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. Most likely not finding parking at Moraine Lake and needing to take a shuttle to Lake Louise. If you are going on the parkway the next day, no point in doing Bow and Peyto Lakes on Day 2.

    Day 3 is the most feasible, probably 8+ hrs of driving - four hours each way with no stops, traffic etc. But long and you'd be behind a lot of traffic since you're coming all the way from Calgary.

    Day 4 - Not a chance. By the time you get to Banff, get up the gondola and hike, a good chunk of the day gone. Then you have a 11+ hr drive to Seattle, plus border wait time. I did Canmore to Seattle in two days and was exhausted. And I've got a Nexus Card, so have almost no wait time at the border. If you're not all US citizens, there's no telling whether you could get well delayed at the border. All bets are off these days.

    I honestly don't think it's worth the trip - you won't see anything at all. Worse, if there's a big accident or rockslide, you could get stuck and miss your cruise. It's not winter, but you're talking about mountain highways where's there are few or no options for detours. This past week the TCH was completely shut for nearly two days because of an accident, then mudslide. The detour was 11+ hrs. I would want to be much closer to Seattle the day before your cruise, especially given the uncertainties regarding border crossings these days.

    I would either stick to Vancouver & the coast, or another possibility:

    Day 1 - Vancouver to Golden or Revelstoke
    Day 2 - day trip to Lake Louise/Moraine Lake/Banff
    Day 3 - to Kelowna (see a bit of Revy and Glacier NP)
    Day 4 - Kelowna to Vancouver

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