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An American in Canada

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An American in Canada

Not to politicize this, but I love Canada. It is such a beautiful country with wonderful people. I've had the pleasure of visiting Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver. Last Fall I was fortunate to take a northeastern cruise that included Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

I'm planning for my next summer visit to Canada. Any suggestions? Would a train trip through the Rockies be good that time of the year? Or what about the Caribana in Toronto? I do not want to do a driving tour. Thanks much :-)

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1. Re: An American in Canada

I think 2 weeks that would incorporate the Rockies, BC and the coast at Vancouver would be a great trip in June. Come before school's out and things get really busy. The problem is, you would be best served by a self drive. However, you could do 7-8 nights in the Rockies (including Yoho NP) + a night or two for things like Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Fort McLeod, Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller as well, with a car to tour there (235 km of Icefields Parkway to explore beween Lake Louise and Jasper), the go back to Calgary airport to fly to Vancouver for the second week, including Victoria which can be visited with no car at all.

If this trip interests you, make enquiries on the British Columbia Forum:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g15492…

or the Canadian Rockies Forum:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g65948…

Use a computer to be able to see the Top Questions in the right sidebar of each forum. Also, read other questions being asked and the replies given. Doing that will be good orientation to and familiarisation of the region.

The Rockies are a very popular place, in high demand. Be prepared to look and book accommodation by February or March. Cruise season in Vancouver also creates high demand, so again, look and book by about March or April.

My 2 cents.

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2. Re: An American in Canada

(biting lip SO hard not to make some comment about being a security risk... ;>)

I can address your "train trip through the Rockies" idea. When you travel "through the Rockies" this is the route:

https://goo.gl/maps/MsSfGXwAJqw

There is a very expensive tourist train, the Rocky Mountaineer, that goes TO the Rockies, either to Banff OR to Jasper, but people on the BC board have actually called RM staff to ask and the train spends about 90 minutes IN the Rockies on its way across them. That's it. The only way to travel through the Rockies is by road. If you don't want to drive (and really, its the best way. Do you drive? This is not challenging terrain) then there are tours from Calgary. Do not try and do a tour from Vancouver, its too far. You get a better quality experience going out of Calgary.

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Thank you to the Vanouvians for your suggestions. Much appreciated (I'm biting my lip also less my post gets deleted :-)

Having retired to Florida, I find the summers unbearable so look for opportunities to travel to cooler climate destinations during July/August (unfortunately when school is out). This summer is Scandinavia, so hope for Canada next year before I'm banned -lol

That said, I am a senior female and prefer not to drive, however will do so to save $$$. Will look further into this by posting on BC forum. Will also ask about the Caribana on the Ontario forum. Thank you again.

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We are Vancouverites, and lovin' it!

You could look at coach tours of the Rockies too. Trafalgar, Collette are mid range and Keywest and Caravan.com tours are more economical.

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Thank you for the name correction. I didn't realize that when I googled the term that I had used (although I forgot the "c"), that it referred to the people of Vancouvia.

Yes, a coach tour may be doable. I will certainly look into it.

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hi

for your research about places to visit in the West

http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/

http://www.vancouverislandnorth.ca/

https://tourismtofino.com/

https:/…vacation-planner which would include south east corner of Alaska.

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Thank you for the links. Much appreciated :-)

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8. Re: An American in Canada

Caribana is a glorious weekend of music, food, parades & fun... but if it is relief from the heat of Florida you're seeking, then generally Toronto is not going to provide that. Summer in the city can be quite hot & humid.... not quite at the level of Florida, but still challenging.

The best time to visit Toronto is in the fall. In any event, you should do your research on Toronto on that forum, and in general use the very excellent Toronto tourism website, and the Ontario travel website. Post your queries on the Toronto forum, not this large, vague Canada forum.

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