This article highlights parts of Washington state, and the Western Canadian provinces, Alberta & British Columbia. Information about our time in the Canadian Rockies is covered as this is definitely one of the major highlights of this type of trip, however, the overall focus of the article is about Vancouver, British Columbia.
Seventeen days is an ideal time to see all the sites and attractions mentioned in this article. This trip, is best taken in the summer months, preferably during mid July to mid August. The reason for this is mostly related to the good weather during this time of year. This trip incorporates spectacular natural scenery and while also allowing for some time in the big cities, i.e. Vancouver, Seattle, and Calgary.
Some of the most impressive mountainous scenery in the world is found in central Alberta and British Columbia. All lodging for the first few days in this trip was scheduled ahead of time. I made no lodging reservations for the middle and end of the trip because this allowed for more flexibility in my schedule.
There is just too much to see and some parks may take priority over others and I did not want to be locked in to a certain hotel in a particular town. I flew from California and then rented a car for the 2+ weeks.
Visitors to British Columbia and Alberta from the United States need to carry a passport and its a good idea to carry a current US drivers license. All of Canada has a 5% Goods and Services Tax regardless of the province you are in.
This article initially outlines my trip, including more details about the cities, parks, attractions and other items of interest to the potential tourist. Individual pages within this article cover the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Read on for our trip itinerary and details.