Canada Travels

Disco

Tiger Superstar
Dec 4, 2004
2,421
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Melbourne
Hi All,

Just booked flights to Canada for Aug 2019 and thought I'd ask for some opinions for those that have been there.

Rough itinerary so far looks like this. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Montreal - 2 nights
Quebec City - 2 nights
Toronto - 2 nights
Banff - 3 nights
Lake Louise - 1 night
Jasper - 3 nights
Revelstoke/Sun Peaks/Kelowna - 1 night
Vancouver/Vancouver Island - 4 nights
Potentially a night or 2 in San Fran - flying home from here.

Thanks.
 

Tiger44

Tiger Matchwinner
Sep 23, 2005
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You will love Canada - one of my favorite places on earth. Visually stunning, easy to get around, people are friendly and just a feel good place.

Have been to all the places you have listed and they are all fantastic and unique. All have their own appeal. The only time I have been there is May/June so can't really comment re August but pretty sure the scenery will lose none of its shine even though a bit later in summer than when I was lucky enough to be there.

We did the drive from Vancouver through the Rockies via Revelstoke/Jasper/Lake Louise/Banff to Calgary - was just amazing.

On the East side Quebec is fantastic, Montreal very good and found Toronto a bit ho hum. Found Niagara Falls a little (lot) over rated - and the town where the falls are is ruined by sideshow alleys, casinos and bars - just not appealing to us who were travelling with kids at the time. The Falls were ok - if you must go make sure you go on Maid of the Mist and be prepared to get soaked!

One thing with travelling in August is that all the wildlife will be out in force so great chance to see bears etc.

Happy to share anything specific you might want to know.

T44
 

Disco

Tiger Superstar
Dec 4, 2004
2,421
90
Melbourne
Tiger44 said:
You will love Canada - one of my favorite places on earth. Visually stunning, easy to get around, people are friendly and just a feel good place.

Have been to all the places you have listed and they are all fantastic and unique. All have their own appeal. The only time I have been there is May/June so can't really comment re August but pretty sure the scenery will lose none of its shine even though a bit later in summer than when I was lucky enough to be there.

We did the drive from Vancouver through the Rockies via Revelstoke/Jasper/Lake Louise/Banff to Calgary - was just amazing.

On the East side Quebec is fantastic, Montreal very good and found Toronto a bit ho hum. Found Niagara Falls a little (lot) over rated - and the town where the falls are is ruined by sideshow alleys, casinos and bars - just not appealing to us who were travelling with kids at the time. The Falls were ok - if you must go make sure you go on Maid of the Mist and be prepared to get soaked!

One thing with travelling in August is that all the wildlife will be out in force so great chance to see bears etc.

Happy to share anything specific you might want to know.

T44
Thanks T44.
Cant wait. Will definitely hit you up as the planning gets more involved.
 

22nd Man

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Aug 29, 2011
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Essex Heights
Good option... I havent been further east than Calgary, but have been to BC Alberta and Akaska 3times.

I would suggest you are setting yourself a big agenda.
You could be spending a lot of time in airports / in flight.

Canada is bigger than us coast to coast and I don't think two weeks in Aust that covered Bris, Syd, Canberra, Melb Perth and some beach / inland stops would be very relaxing.

The Rockies are great. If you can hike to really make the most of it only a little off the main routes.
Having said that the drive from Bsnnf to Jasper is the most spectacular scenery you could imagine. It's the distance from Melb to Mt Buller with mountains lining both sides of the road the whole way.

Whale watching from Victoria... We saw the orcas close at hand including a rare new born..worth the hypothermia though we did it in January. The west coast of Vancouver island is wild and remote but haven't been there.
 

Disco

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Dec 4, 2004
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Melbourne
22nd Man said:
Good option... I havent been further east than Calgary, but have been to BC Alberta and Akaska 3times.

I would suggest you are setting yourself a big agenda.
You could be spending a lot of time in airports / in flight.

Canada is bigger than us coast to coast and I don't think two weeks in Aust that covered Bris, Syd, Canberra, Melb Perth and some beach / inland stops would be very relaxing.

The Rockies are great. If you can hike to really make the most of it only a little off the main routes.
Having said that the drive from Bsnnf to Jasper is the most spectacular scenery you could imagine. It's the distance from Melb to Mt Buller with mountains lining both sides of the road the whole way.

Whale watching from Victoria... We saw the orcas close at hand including a rare new born..worth the hypothermia though we did it in January. The west coast of Vancouver island is wild and remote but haven't been there.
Thanks 22nd.
Yeah we are definitely pushing it but time off work means we have to squeeze in as much as we can.
The highlight for me, in particular, will be the Icefields Parkway with the plan to drive it in both directions so we can both really enjoy the experience.
 

22nd Man

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Aug 29, 2011
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Essex Heights
Disco said:
Thanks 22nd.
Yeah we are definitely pushing it but time off work means we have to squeeze in as much as we can.
The highlight for me, in particular, will be the Icefields Parkway with the plan to drive it in both directions so we can both really enjoy the experience.
Both ways on the Parkway sounds a great idea.... Will look different and give you time to make the stops .. And being the mountains weather could be in your favour one day but not the next.
Not sure which way you plan to get to Vancouver but look up Nelson as a stop ...very quaint town ... The Onkangan Valley is a surprise. Has a climate like Barossa Valley. From Nelson the hike into Kokanee Glacier is a worthwhile day.