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Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

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Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

Hi there,

I am looking to do a road trip from Calgary to Vancouver, going via Banff and Jasper. What would be the best places to stop at on between Jasper and Vancouver. The total trip will be around 2 weeks but we would like to spend around 4/5 days of that in Vancouver. We are looking to see some amazing sights and do some fun activities. Any tips on what are the best things to see in the national parks and whether it is cheaper to go via RV or rent a car and book hotels. (we are planning on going in August - late notice i know!)

any help would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

hi

welcome to TA

Good luck planning this for this August. The National Parks are pretty much sold out and the chance of an RV are slim to none.

But before you do anything you want to get an eTA to be able to board the plane. This is the official site; it only costs $7 any other site is a service that charge big dolllars for doing the same as you will https:/…

you will get an eTA quickly if you do not have any convictions like Drink/Drive which is criminal offence in Canada. If you do not get an eTA this trip will NOT happen. so you do not want to book any flights before you get one.

If you use the web version of TA instead of the app you will see Trip reports on this forum and the Canadian Rockies forum and then spend the next 48 hrs solid ready everything you can on that route to see where you may want to stop then start making telephone call directly to hotels you might have a chance if you can pay $300-$500 per night. or buy a tent/camping stuff and hope to get in on First Come First Serve for National Parks.

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2. Re: Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

How many threads on this exact question have you already read? Because the advice doesn't change much and this has all been spelled out multiple times. You need to go up one level to the British Columbia forum and also over to the Canadian Rockies forum. Read the trip reports.

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

Read this article

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Driving_betwe…

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3. Re: Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

thanks very much for your post. It seems to show that there is space for camper vans still at Banff and I assume you can just pay entry to the national park the day you arrive. I have also found a website that still has camper vans available.

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4. Re: Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

Ok, if you are going to camp, you might find this info useful

https:/…Camping_in_British_Columbia

Please note that full campgrounds are a problem you can't ignore and you will be asked to move along if you are trying to camp somewhere you shouldn't. If you are flexible about where you stop and you start looking early (like 11 am in some cases, which is check out time and so you are there to pick up any available vacancies) then you can just about do this trip without booking in advance. If you can find available reservations in the national parks on your dates, then I say book them now!

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5. Re: Road Trip from Calgary to Vancouver

do NOT book anything that you can not cancel until you have an eTA

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