14 Night Canadian Rockies Roadtrip £848.42pp Inc Flights, All Hotels & Car Hire @ Opodo
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14 Night Canadian Rockies Roadtrip £848.42pp Inc Flights, All Hotels & Car Hire @ Opodo

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Found 19th Oct 2015
I've put together a great Canadian Rockies roadtrip. I did an almost identical trip to this, and some of the accommodation choices are personal recommendations. I'd never driven on the wrong side of the road, so to speak, and it was eventful but amazing!

May is a great time to go, we were in 'shoulder season' so there was snow in places, the bears were coming awake and we were skiing in the last week of the season, as well as having bright skies too and dry weather. I've based it on two weeks, which I think is a great amount of time, it allows you plenty of time to do the hikes and enjoy the driving, rather than being under pressure to get to places.

15th May 2016
Arrive in Calgary and drive 1 hour to Canmore. A lovely place to visit, even though technically you aren’t inside ‘the Rockies’, it’s well worth overnighting here and there are some nice shops and restaurants. The first Canadian hike we did was Grassi Lakes and it is beautiful. Overnight at the Drake Hotel

16th -20th May 2016
Drive to Banff, spend 4 nights in Banff at Blue Mountain Lodge. From here you can look at skiing (if you can catch the last weekend at Sunshine Village) or visit Lake Louise.

20th – 24th May 2016
Drive the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, stay in Jasper for 4 nights. My own personal recommendation is a gorgeous basement apartment called Elkview, and the couple who own it live above. The guy Joe, runs wildlife tours of Jasper and is No1 rated, and has 160 5* ratings. You must go on one of their tours. The accommodation is clean and is a bargain at around £35 a night, book direct with them on the link below. The wildlife tour is tripadvisor.co.uk/Att…tml

24th – 26th May 2016
Return to Banff for 2 nights in Banff (or you could spend it in Lake Louise which is more expensive). Plenty of places to drive from Banff. Accommodation is Bow Lodge.

26th -29th May 2016
Drive to Calgary and spend 3 nights in Calgary at the Econolodge.

*Breakdown*
Flights: £829/£414.50pp at Opodo (1:31% TCB) opodo.com

Car Hire British Airways - £272 (2:02% TCB) I always get good prices with BA competitive through Avis and if you sign up as a member of the Executive Club (which is free) you automatically get free additional driver, as well as bonus Avios. I used them myself and had a brand new Fiat 500 which served the two of us very well (with luggage) over the two week period. britishairways.com

1 Night in Canmore Drake Hotel - £38.86 (8% TCB) at Hotels.comhotels.com

4 Nights in Banff - £183 (4% TCB) at booking.combooking.com

4 Nights in Jasper - £140 elkviewjasper.com/Elk…tml

2 Nights in Banff - £102.08 (8.08% TCB) expedia.co.uk

3 Nights in Calgary - £129.90 (12% TCB) venere.com

Total £1694.84/£848.42

If all your cashback tracks, I'd say you could easily get another £40-£50 off this booking. There may also be discount codes working, but I haven't had time to check, but Expedia and Hotels.com frequently have 10% off codes. Enjoy!

This is my deal and itinerary and not to be copied by any thieving pirates looking to replicate similar deals... you had your chance and lost me!

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Yes, this was one I took!

rachelandgromit

Yes, this was one I took!


Great pic what do you think hes thinking

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'dinner' or 'not more bl**dy tourists'




Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 19th Oct 2015

rachelandgromit

'dinner' or 'not more bl**dy tourists'


I thought it might be i wonder how fast you can run

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archer1204

I thought it might be i wonder how fast you can run



Haha, yeah. Remember if you are hiking, borrow bear spray or make alot of noise, sing, clap, etc. whilst hiking especially if it is quiet. We had a couple of bear encounters and courtesy of me I'm sure there are some medical students studying the rare tic that decided to bury in my neck that I had to have removed!

rachelandgromit

Haha, yeah. Remember if you are hiking, borrow bear spray or make alot … Haha, yeah. Remember if you are hiking, borrow bear spray or make alot of noise, sing, clap, etc. whilst hiking especially if it is quiet. We had a couple of bear encounters and courtesy of me I'm sure there are some medical students studying the rare tic that decided to bury in my neck that I had to have removed!


Really never heard of bear spray before

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archer1204

Really never heard of bear spray before



Yep, Joe (the guy in Jasper that did the tours) lent us some along with a great hiking book. They can be a bit grouchy when they've just woke up and are hunting for food. We saw many looking for spilt grain from the grain trains in Jasper.

Did a similar trip to this last year but started at Vancouver, working across to Calgary via Jasper and Banff. A bit of driving but amazing scenery and holiday.

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stewie

Did a similar trip to this last year but started at Vancouver, working … Did a similar trip to this last year but started at Vancouver, working across to Calgary via Jasper and Banff. A bit of driving but amazing scenery and holiday.



Yes, we flew UK to Victoria, ferry to Vancouver, cruised Alaska then flew up to Calgary as we didn't fancy the drive from Vancouver up. You are right the scenery is fantastic, epic holiday.

Would love this deal, but as a teacher cannot get time off. As a result in school holidays price triples in price. Heat.

You can save even more by hitchhiking. We did this a few years ago across a lot of Canada and it's a great experience. Such friendly people.

That sounds class,heat for your efforts.

Daddio

You can save even more by hitchhiking. We did this a few years ago across … You can save even more by hitchhiking. We did this a few years ago across a lot of Canada and it's a great experience. Such friendly people.



​Not seen many hitchhiking deals on here yet!

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I miss Banff dearly

Taken from the top of Sulphur mountain
Edited by: "degudodger" 19th Oct 2015

Heat for ths effort alone?

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degudodger

I miss Banff badly



Is that the top of Tunnel Mountain Trail?
Oops, just seen and it wasn't. We hiked up Sulphur mountain in huge snow drifts, on the basis that once at the top you got a free cable car down. It was tough!

Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 19th Oct 2015

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Sliwka

How dod you find the flights? … How dod you find the flights? http://www.skyscanner.net/transport/flights/man/yyc/160515/160529/airfares-from-manchester-to-calgary-in-may-2016.html?adults=1&children=0&infants=0&cabinclass=economy&rtn=1&preferdirects=false&outboundaltsenabled=false&inboundaltsenabled=false&browsePrice=416&age=7



They came up on Opodo, managed to get to payment screen, they were also on Kayak. Have they gone up?

I love travelling and I know how much effort goes into the planning and research of a trip like this.
I think it's really sweet that you decided to share your efforts with the rest of us.
Thanks and have some heat.

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arthurplank

I love travelling and I know how much effort goes into the planning and … I love travelling and I know how much effort goes into the planning and research of a trip like this.I think it's really sweet that you decided to share your efforts with the rest of us.Thanks and have some heat.



Why thank you!

Bravofly have them, and cheaper be quick:

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Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 19th Oct 2015

Well that looks simply amazing!

well worth the visit. we got married in Jasper last month. its the most beautiful scenery in the world. whilst going from banff to jasper it's worth stopping at (or hiking up like we did) the athabasca glacier. Can't wait to go back. this trip is good however it's not nearly enough time in Jasper for us for next time.

pretty good deal and sounds like an awesome adventure

Awesome holiday - did something like this a couple of years ago. Unforgettable!

This package is defiantly the Rockies in a budget. We have just returned and yes it's a great place and the scenery is amazing. This is one of the once on a lifetime type holidays and worth spending a bit more on if you can. Its all personal choice I would say do your research via tripadvisor and the Canadian tourist board.

Canmore is lovely, more traditional and there are some great apartments there and definitely a better place to stay than Banff which is very tourist driven and expensive. Jasper is a definite yes but again very touristy and the prices reflect it for eating out etc. Accommodation prices at Lake Louise are way too high. Would definitely get a bigger car there is a lot of driving involved you want to be comfortable. We flew to Vancouver and drove across and came home from Calgary. Three nights in Calgary is way OTT. Although there is a great outlet mall near the airport one night is plenty.

We enjoyed a similar road trip a few years ago, flew into Vancouver and after a few days in Victoria we drove to the Icefields Parkway through the Okanagan wine region. Lake Louise was beautiful and there is so much natural beauty on the drive from Banff to Jasper and back again. If you then fly out of Calgary, try to time your departure so you can visit the Calgary Stampede, the largest rodeo in the world, but this was in early July I think

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I stayed in some of the places in this itinerary and whilst some of them are budget places they are not backpackers budgets or dorms. Hotel prices can be very expensive and the prices you often see on search engines exclude tax so remember to get the true price you need to ensure you go to the payment screen where taxes are added on. All the places we stayed had high TripAdvisor ratings and were under £50 a night, some with breakfast. We found alot of B&B places where basements were rented and these were cheap and had cooking facilities. In Jasper the supermarket is central and we saved on £ here by stocking up on essentials. The HI Hostel in Lake Louise was good value too and did reasonably priced food. Generally we found the standard of accommodation pretty good in Canada. Also May is still off peak season for some places so you can find pretty good bargains but once June hits the prices rise significantly as does the traffic and number of tourists.

Also bear in mind you'll be driving from one place to another with lots of stops. Many hikes to do, Glacier walks and bear spotting. The journey from Banff to Jasper took us almost quadruple the time on the GPS so make sure you allow for this in your planning, it's not just a case of non stop driving one place to another.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 20th Oct 2015

This is amazing! Thanks for putting this together. Saves anyone interested loads of time....

Great itinerary and nicely put together but this really is doing it on a budget, I would say barely one step up from backpacking! No real 'deals' as such here, just low cost products.
If possible I would suggest upgrading in a few areas, hotels/B&Bs/Hostels are all personal preference & can make or break a holiday, so these are up to individuals but personally Id upgrade the flights & car.
Air Transat are a low cost airline so you will be flying 12+ hours with the likes of easy jet (fine if you've got little legs & bum!)
I would not drive through the rockies - a mountain range! - in a fiat 500! defo get a bigger car, if not for comfort alone but for safety.
On a side note - Please, please, please remember that bears are a dangerous wild animal! a can of bear spray aint gonna save you if a hungry, grumpy bear wakes up! I used to live in this part of the world and locals are amazed at the stupidity of tourists when it comes to bear safety. They are then angry when they have to send out search and rescue for bodies. If you actively go looking for a bear you are a fool!

Remember May is low season for (almost) all destinations around the world, its shoulder season for most countries so is always the cheapest time to travel if you want a long haul bargain. (exception is may school holidays to European destinations)
Heat added for effort. Great active holiday!

Did something very similar a few years getting the trains through the Rockies and continued on east to Toronto/Niagara. Like others I would also recommend making it a trip of a lifetime if money/time/commitments allow. Would go back if I could!

I've been meaning to do a Rockies trip for quite some time and this has given me the kick up the **** to get starting on the planning. Great jumping off point from the info given, much appreciated Rachel!

Looks like a brilliant trip, That i would love to do. Always wanted to go to Canada. Heat at a wonderful price that seems really reasonable.

If you do decide to go, try visiting Lake Louise and a Tim Hortons coffee shop!

Extreme heat ..I've enjoyed the comments though il doubt if I ever get there but very thoughtful of you to share .. I can now pass on to my sons who love travelling they get it from me lol

We did something similar staying in Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper and flying out of Calgary. Like a couple of others have mentioned we flew in to Vancouver and spent 5 days there before getting our car and heading over to the Rockies. Would highly recommend this. We loved Vancouver but weren't that taken with Calgary. We did the Olympic Park, Stampede grounds and hockey stadium but other than that we wouldn't rush back there. I would also recommend May/ June as a great time to be there.

Great effort here, thanks for all the details. I am going to save this for future reference. We love a road trip, this June we did New York, Washington DC, Niagara, Boston, White Mountains and Main on a "planes, trains and automobiles" type trip we planned ourselves.

archer1204

I thought it might be i wonder how fast you can run


Remember, you don't need to be able to run faster than the bear, just faster than the others in your party.

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allpinknsparkly

Great itinerary and nicely put together but this really is doing it on a … Great itinerary and nicely put together but this really is doing it on a budget, I would say barely one step up from backpacking! No real 'deals' as such here, just low cost products. If possible I would suggest upgrading in a few areas, hotels/B&Bs/Hostels are all personal preference & can make or break a holiday, so these are up to individuals but personally Id upgrade the flights & car.Air Transat are a low cost airline so you will be flying 12+ hours with the likes of easy jet (fine if you've got little legs & bum!)I would not drive through the rockies - a mountain range! - in a fiat 500! defo get a bigger car, if not for comfort alone but for safety.On a side note - Please, please, please remember that bears are a dangerous wild animal! a can of bear spray aint gonna save you if a hungry, grumpy bear wakes up! I used to live in this part of the world and locals are amazed at the stupidity of tourists when it comes to bear safety. They are then angry when they have to send out search and rescue for bodies. If you actively go looking for a bear you are a fool!Remember May is low season for (almost) all destinations around the world, its shoulder season for most countries so is always the cheapest time to travel if you want a long haul bargain. (exception is may school holidays to European destinations)Heat added for effort. Great active holiday!



We loved our little Fiat! Agree we were always some distance away from bears but as people were dangerously close!!!

bnxc

Great effort here, thanks for all the details. I am going to save this … Great effort here, thanks for all the details. I am going to save this for future reference. We love a road trip, this June we did New York, Washington DC, Niagara, Boston, White Mountains and Main on a "planes, trains and automobiles" type trip we planned ourselves.

Sounds fantastic. We are looking to plan a trip next year flying to New York and driving up to Niagara. Did you fly to and from New York or did you do a one way trip and fly home from a different airport?
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