As the title states, I am beginning to plan a surprise 25th anniversary trip for my wife and I to the Jasper/Banff area in September 2008. This will be our first trip to Canada. I have read through the forums for Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff and really appreciate the wealth of information there. Any suggestions to my proposed itinerary would help me to finalize accomodations and travel dates.
Trip begins with flight to Vancouver
--nothing really planned for Vancouver, only there one night.
??suggestion of where to stay in Vancouver close to train station??
Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Jasper
??Is the overnight in Kamloops included in price for train trip??
??Choice of lodging in Kamloops??
??Red leaf or Gold leaf worth the difference??
Jasper for 3 or 4 nights with car rental.
Based on tripadvisor reviews, Patricia Lake Bungalows is on the top of the list.
??Has anyone stayed in their newer Grove section??
Lake Louise for 3 or 4 nights.
Also based on reviews, Paradise Lodge and Bungalows sounds nice.
??Has anyone stayed in the Temple Suite??
??Lake Louise OK as a base for Banff??
??One or two nights in Waterton/US Glacier NP??
??Should we spend the extra night or two at Jasper/Lake Louise and skip Waterton/Glacier?? I'm concerned it may seem less spectacular after Jasper/Lake Louise/Banff.
Flight home from Calgary.
Dates are somewhat flexible at this point...probably beginning on the 8th or 10th of September 2008.
Thanks in advance for any responses. Sorry for the long post and so many questions.
One last question...more like an opinion poll than a question.
How long should I keep this a secret from my wife?
-she will have no idea we could afford a trip like this, funds well hidden
-she will miss out on the anticipation of the trip if not told
-many other pros and cons to keeping the secret.