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Vancouver to Lake Louise...

mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 10:33AM

Quote: I've just priced up a hire car from Vancouver to Calgary and it was over $4000

WOW! It must be some trip!!

Vancouver is one of my favourite cities so maybe I am biased Grin when I say it is always worth a trip there if you can. It is very cosmopolitan with heaps of history from the first nations and the different immigrations; and Stanley Park is a great place to spend a day and there are several little quirky areas with restaurants and bars.
First time we went there we flew into Vancouver, took the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff then drove Banff-Jasper-Banff-Calgary for the flight home: we were in Calgary for only one and a half days but I would say there is far more to do and see in Vancouver. But if they will only be a place to land and pick up a hire car I guess it doesn't really make much difference.

You could do a hybrid trip - the train runs up to Jasper as well as Banff so you could do a loop with Vancouver to Banff or Jasper and complete the circuit by car Smile

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joolsb 15 27.1k 38 Switzerland
8 May 2014 12:42PM
$4000 for a hire car? OK it's a one-way hire but that still seems way too expensive. How long are you going for? Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a used car and sell it on when you get to Calgary?

A few years ago I rented a car for a road trip from Seattle to SF and that only cost around $700, as I recall.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
8 May 2014 9:47PM
A rent-a-car should be far less than half the $4000.00 quote you have. Also, you must realise that all of your itinerary is premium tourist, prime season. You will pay whatever they can squeeze out of you, at the same rates they charge people from parts of the world where these prices seem a bargain. I'm sure there must be package deals bundled together by the travel agencies that would be more convenient and much cheaper than doing it all on your own. Check with Air Canada to see if they have package deals, but by all means do some research.
CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 9:49PM
I priced it Vancouver to Vancouver...the car was a Rav type car...that's all I remember about the category, it was $2000 for 2 weeks ...so then I priced for Vancouver to Calgary and it was $4000 ....I couldn't believe it...

We've been talking about Flying into Calgary and touring from Banff up to Jasper and beyond.....that may be a better option within out time scale .....it needs more thought.
CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 9:54PM
With Holly working at Lake Louise I think our first visit may have to be in that area....there is every possibility that she will, by next year, be back to her beloved Whistler. That may be a better time for us to travel to Vancouver and that area......with work commitments our chances of travelling for a long period is not existent so it may be a better option to visit again.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
8 May 2014 10:45PM
If you can't spend time in Vancouver, apart from missing the train ride, you would save a lot of money by starting in Calgary, and still see enough of the Rockies to satisfy you. I would also recommend a day to drive through the Badlands of Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park, it is unique landscape. It's about a 2 hour easy drive NE from Calgary, so could easily be done in a day, including lots of stops fro photos. However, as you can see here , a couple of days wouldn't go astray. Don't forget, the Calgary Stampede (Rodeo) is in the first 2 weeks of July, about 10 days, and if your trip coincides with that, you'll have to deal with a couple of hundred thousand more tourists than at other times. On your way from Calgary to Banff/Lake Louise, you can take a side trip south on highway 40 through Kananaskis Country for the scenery and wildlife. (Late evening is best) At the intersection of highway 40 and highway 1 to Banff, there is a casino on an Indian Reservation, at Morly Flats; they have a hotel and good food I hear. From there it's less than an hour to the Hamlet of Banff.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
8 May 2014 10:54PM
Here's an alternative for those wanting to spend time closer to nature at a bit lower cost, in the Badlands territory.
CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
9 May 2014 11:50AM
Ok, thanks Denny I'll take a look..
CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 4:47PM

Well, we are off in two weeks time. After careful thought we are flying into Calgary staying at Lake Louise for a few days. Then to Kelowna / Okanaga Basin (apparently its a lovely drive) then back to Banff Spings and onto Jasper. I've made a list of recommendations, thank you all, so now I just have to blow the dust off the camera and remind myself how to use it.
Dave_Canon Plus
13 1.7k United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 5:49PM
I am sure that you will really enjoy your trip. Let us see some of the photos when you return.

CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 5:56PM
Will do Dave. With Holly working for the Fairmont she has managed to get us some fantastic prices on Fairmont accommodations so we will be enjoying the hotels too. Really looking forward to Banff Springs...it looks amazing. The one at Jasper looks like a lodge, there are a lot of activities to do once we are there but have the route worked out to incorporate all the lakes , glaciers and white water rafting etc....should be good.
mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 6:03PM
The Banff Springs one is indeed amazing - we stayed there on honeymoon and they set us up in the Presidential Tower!!! It is the sort of place people go for afternon tea simply to say they have been there (something along the lines of Raffles in Singapore). What is even better none of the staff are allowed to ask for tips (saves you a heap straight away).

Enjoy yourself Smile
Dave_Canon Plus
13 1.7k United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 8:12PM
We have a few memories from our short stay in Banff Springs, excellent meals, complementary cake and Champaign in our room, choice of restaurants, the views, the scale of it etc. We wanted to make some special arrangement and saw the head Concierge (there were several in the main Lobby) and he started by assuring us that he could do almost anything and easily solved our issue. Best Hotel I have ever stayed in. The Jasper is a lodge style and we stayed a couple of nights, It is more rustic but a fantastic setting and the Queen and Prince Phillip have stayed there at least once.


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