Ok. I'm at that planning stage in our trip that I am hoping for some feedback, please : )
Flying into Vancouver and out of Calgary with 2 adults and active kids 4.5 and 11. Am realizing I am skipping all the big city, museum, history attraction in exchange for lots of nature, hiking, canoeing, etc. We going smack dab in the high season mid July. (missing Calgary Stampede)
Day 1 arrive noon at Vancouver airport and plan to go to Lynn Canyon for a little hike, see the suspension bridge, (not sure we are getting suspension bridges anywhere else in the trip so want to throw it in) then do the scenic drive to Squamish along Howe Sound and night in Squamish (not sure if this is worth our time, but it sounded great in the description and we won't be driving by a fjord like place later in the trip) Is Squamish a cute enough town or would you recommend elsewhere?
Day 2 see mining museum in Brittania and then spend some time with waterfalls, walking around, night in Squamish (any comments, is this worth it?)
Day 3 drive from Squamish to Revelstoke, I know this is a long drive but it claims to be scenic taking the road via Whistler so figure we will stop along the way lots of waterfalls, views, etc. dinner in Salmon Arm maybe? night in Revelstoke, is this the best town for us?
Day 4 visit Revelstoke Park and night in Revelstoke
Day 5 visit Glacier Park and night in Revelstoke, not sure if this should be a priority and I should just move on earlier and spend the time in Jasper or Banff
Day 6 long drive day and go from Revelstoke to Jasper
Day 7 Maligne Canyon walk, Jasper night
Day 8 Icefields tour on snocoach and viewing the icefield parkway Jasper night
Day 9 up to Miette Hot Springs, Jasper night
Day 10 drive to Banff, see town Discovery and Marsh Trail and short walk, maybe Hoodoos Trail and night in Banff
Day 11 Lake Louise walk, rent canoes, night Banff
Day 12 Johnston Canyon trail, Lake Minnwanka, night in Banff
Day 13 drive from Banff to Radium Hot Spring to see Kootenay National Park Paint Pots, marble canyon and Radium Hot Spring pool, night in Banff
Day 14 drive Banff to Calgary, stopping at the luge ride outside of town at the Olympic Park, night in Calgary close to airport
Day 15 fly out super early
Questions: Is this too much time for Jasper and are there more things to do from Banff? Is Revelstoke a good use of our time or is there something else I missed?
Which hot springs are your favorite, not sure we will go to all of them: Miette, Radum and Banff? I figured Banff would be the busiest so thought might skip that one.
Are there crazy busy traffic patterns I need to know. ie is driving from Squamish to Revelstoke much busier on a weekend?
I feel like I don't know how to prioritize the national parks, they all look so good! Not sure if anyone has other recommendations on something to see that I missed.
Should I be spending this much time hiking if the mosquitos are going to be aggressive? We don't have them where I live so not sure how far my kiddos want to walk if they are flying round. Do you avoid it by going 1st thing in the morning or should I avoid hikes by a few of the lakes?
The only luge ride I saw in the area we are visting is the one in Calgary. Do you know of any others?
Any feedback would be appreciated.