Hi, my British parents and I are planning a trip from Calgary to Vancover mid July. We'd like to see Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, and I hear the wine areas around Kelowna are pretty too, en route to Vancouver.
Could anyone recommend the 'best' route (and suggested timings) and good accommodation (Fairmonts would be lovely, but at $700 / night are a little steep, so something a notch down, but still decent. Places with a 1 bedroom suite set up (parents in bedroom, me on a pull out type idea) would be ideal. Not fussed about kitchen facilities, but a nice pool would be a bonus. So far the Best Western Kelowna looks decent - comments?)
Also, we understand the Stampede finishes 14th July, if we arrive around the 18th will it still be crazy busy?
In terms of collecting a car, am I best to pick up at Calgary airport, drive and park at a hotel overnight, or make my way into the city (transit?) and pick up the car downtown? Similar question, but in reverse for drop off in Vancouver.
Many thanks for your help.