+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,840
    Thanks
    375
    Thanked
    725
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Canada

    We are going to start planning a 4-7 week trip across Canada and USA. We have already been to the US but not sure where to start with Canada.

    Has anyone been and can recommend any destinations? Kids will be around 8 and 4 or 5 when we go sometime between may and September.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    859
    Thanks
    316
    Thanked
    399
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    You might like to start by choosing east or west coast. Canada is huge!
    I've done the west. I highly recommend driving at that time of year, roads are great, scenery magic.
    3-4 days Vancouver, make sure you get to grouse mountain, Granville island & Stanley park.
    3 days Vancouver island, based in a small town like Tofino. Take a kayak trip to see the Bears.
    Maybe a quick trip north to Whistler?
    Drive east towards the lakes/wine region - base in penticton or Kelowna for 3-4 nights.
    Keep driving to Calgary. If you time it right you might catch the Calgary stampede - so much fun! Kids would love the rodeo.
    Drive north to Banff, maybe splurge on the lake Louise resort?
    Further north to jasper to see the glacier.
    We then went through to Edmonton (biggest shopping mall in North America & no sales tax) but were visiting friends so it is a bit out of the way.
    Back to Vancouver to fly home ( or fly out of Calgary & connect?)
    You could then fly to the east coast to see Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec, but I would choose east or west personally.
    Oh it's making me want to plan another trip!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,840
    Thanks
    375
    Thanked
    725
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Oh thanks, I will get busy researching!
    I was thinking we would mainly do the west then fly to east so we could have a look at Niagara Falls thrn go into USA.
    Lake Louise was definetly on my list.
    Im not sure if dh is keen to drive but wondered if trains for some of the journey would be doable if we decide not to drive?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    1,351
    Thanks
    558
    Thanked
    728
    Reviews
    5
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    So May - September is a good time. Tho, a Canadian winter is amazing! (I'm Canadian so I may be biased.)

    There is a trans-Canada train which could be fun. You'd get to see a lot without having to fly.

    The prettiest parts of Canada are definitely the coasts - both are beautiful, tho you hear more about the West.

    You could start West, and head East. I'd do Vancouver / Tofino, fly to Toronto / Niagara, then take the train on to Montreal / Quebec City if you have time.

    Unless you are big hikers, I wouldn't bother with Banff in the summer. That's just me tho, lots of people like it. (I personally don't like Calgary much.) Same with Edmonton. You can go to a mall anywhere.

    Edit: just saw that LL was on your list. You could easily to it in a couple days as it's a short drive from Calgary. Jasper is a bit further, but equally as beautiful.
    Last edited by ilex; 29-04-2016 at 15:31.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    859
    Thanks
    316
    Thanked
    399
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Agree with pp, not a huge amount to do/see in Calgary except at stampede time.
    I was nervous about driving but after a few days to acclimatise, found it surprisingly easy driving on the wrong side of the road & you have so much freedom to stop, look at things, check out wildlife on the side of the road!
    Maybe a tour for a few days to Vancouver island, then pick up a car in Vancouver? We did "ride the moose" for 4 days to the island, but you could find a more upmarket tour?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    602
    Thanks
    237
    Thanked
    276
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Agree with the above and we loved driving thru Rockies instead of train. I tell everyone to go to the east though as well, not just Toronto and Quebec either. Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia....stunning! I had a friend in New Brunswick and was really pleased i spent time over that side too.
    Agree with above. ..stampede is great!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,840
    Thanks
    375
    Thanked
    725
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I cant wait to get into planning!
    I might still look into driving.


 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
sales & new stuffsee all
The Little Gym Bella Vista
Get ready for some serious, fun gymnastics! The Little Gym Bella Vista
The world’s premier experiential learning and physical development center for children ages 4 months - 12 years. Create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear
featured supporter
Pea Pods Reusable Nappies
Pea Pods are the smart choice when it comes to choosing what's best for you, your baby and the environment. Affordable and simple to use, Pea Pods keep your baby dry & happy. Visit our website to find your nearest stockist or order online.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!