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Snow in June?

Planning a trip to Canada last week of June next year with 3 teenagers from the hot tropics in Australia. Will there still be any snow to see? Kids have never seen snow before. Also, will the chair lifts still be operating? Any tips or suggestions much appreciated. Thinking of spending 3 nights in Whistler then driving to Banff for 3 or 4 nights...or should we just spend all our time around Whistler area, maybe even Victoria?

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1. Re: Snow in June?

Yes there'll be snow to see up top no worries-but if you're heading to the Rockies don't bother with Whistler.

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2. Re: Snow in June?

I agree with Sam. Make the Rockies your 'must go' destination, although if the kids are into mad mountain biking Whistler is the place for that.

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4. Re: Snow in June?

Hi Chinka_Abbi ~

Do you have only the "last week of June" for "Canada?" The coast and the Rockies are really two separate trips. It takes 2 days, ~6 hours drive per day, to comfortably get from the coast to the Rockies.

Just to put things in perspective, we usually suggest 4 nights for Vancouver, a day trip or an overnight to Whistler, 1 night on the way to the Rockies and about 5-8 nights split between Banff and Jasper. Then either a return trip of 1 night to the coast or a 2 hour drive to Calgary to fly out or fly back to Vancouver. If you drive one way, you will need to explore any one way drop fee the car rental company might charge.

If you have one week, you might be best to research Vancouver and Whistler as well as Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper to find where you find the longest list of things to do would fall and make your decision from that. If it's the coast, then 3 nights Vancouver 3 nights Whistler would work. If it's the Rockies, then fly into Calgary, rent a car do 3 nights Banff, 3 nights Jasper and return to Calgary.

Victoria is a 4 hour drive/ferry one way from Vancouver and an overnight would be helpful to enjoy it. I think your final choice will depend on your list of things you build for activities and attractions. But don't shortchange the Rockies by going there for only 2-3 days.

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5. Re: Snow in June?

As much as I like Whistler for skiing, the scenery in Banff and the rest of the Rockies (Yoho, Jasper) blows Whistler away. Spend all your time there. Yes, you'll be able to find snow in higher elevations still.

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6. Re: Snow in June?

Thank you for everyone's input. Hope to have 10 days in Canada from approx 25th for 10 nights. Plan to fly into Vancouver, hire a car and fly out of Calgary. Want to spend a few nights in Whistler Village then drive to Banff via Pemberton, Cashe Creek staying overnight at Lake Okanagan. Which route is more scenic from Okanagan to Banff? Via Jasper or Revelstoke/Yoho? Hope to go to Athabasca Icefields and definitely Lake Lousie. Which chairlift should we do, Jasper or Banff or both? Final question where or what should we do for Canada Day. Is it the 1st of July and when is the public holiday? (is it on the actually day during the week) Cheers :)

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7. Re: Snow in June?

Hi again,

Where on Lake Okanagan are you thinking of staying? The "intersection" for Hwy 1 or Hwy 5/16 to Jasper is at Kamloops. If you are going to stay at Vernon or Kelowna, Hwy 1 would make the most sense to Revelstoke and Banff. It happens to be the more scenic as well, than 5/16. Revelstoke is good for a couple of hours visit and look see.

For your specific question about which chairlift, you might post on the Canadian Rockies Forum for the good posters there. I think the answer you will get is take the first one you have good weather for. After that, it's all icing if you do the other ones as well.

Canada Day is always on July 1. Next year it's on a Monday so will make a long weekend. There may be various community events all over the place, including some places with fireworks. You haven't laid out a dated itinerary as of yet, but you will be 5 days into your visit, so perhaps you might be in the Okanagan, hard to tell given what you've outlined so far.. But there will be some celebrations at various locations. Early days yet for next Canada Day.

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8. Re: Snow in June?

Thanks you have been very helpful. Starting to formulate an itinerary from everyone's ideas but still flexible. Perfect sense about the chairlifts. Thought we might have to book accommodation early for the Canada Day long weekend. Long way off but we are so excited plus being a family of 5 from Australia need to lock in dates for flights plus our plans for the US.

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9. Re: Snow in June?

Yes, you will have to book accommodation in advance for CD long weekend and following. It will be a very busy time in BC and in the Rockies. The good, popular places book out first. If you find something you like, with refundable T&Cs, then no skin off anyone's nose to book it now or as soon as you're ready. It would be refundable if you find something later that suits you better.

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10. Re: Snow in June?

So 10 days, one way INCLUDING your time in Vancouver? That's very tight.

Vancouver 3 nights, Whistler 1 night, Revelstoke 1 night, Jasper 2 nights, back to Lake Louise 1 night, then Banff for what ever you have left. Yes, that has you driving the Icefields Parkway in both directions. You won't regret doing that.

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