I'm planning a two weeks trip to Vancouver in mid October.
At the moment, I am thinking two days in Vancouver downtown, then rent a car to Whistler, continue to Kamloops, stay the night there, and arrive at Jasper the next morning. Then from Jasper, head down to Lake Louise and Banff. Spending about 2 nights in Jasper, 1 in Lake Louise and 2 in Banff.
After the Rockies, we will drive to Calgary and take the flight back to Vancouver to spend a few more days there.
My questions are:
1. I see many road trips detailing Banff to Jasper, but not Jasper to Banff. Would there be any actual difference, e.g. the road is harder to drive or less scenic if viewed from a different driving direction?
2. I'm still deciding what to do in Vancouver after returning from Calgary. Is it recommended to spend a day or two in Calgary to see the city and possibly surrounds before returning to Vancouver? If so, what are the attractions in Calgary?
3. Finally, any other comments on my rough plan would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!