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Self drive tour itineary: feedback please

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Self drive tour itineary: feedback please

I’ve been avidly at work piecing together a 3-4 week trip to Western Canada via self-driving tour. According to this version of my plan:

Day 1: I fly into Calgary and drive directly to Banff.

Day 2 and Day-3: Stay in Banff. Visit surrounding areas.

Day 4: Drive to Jasper

Day 5: Stay in Jasper and visit surrounding area.

Day-6: Drive from Jasper to Prince George and stay the night.

Day 7: Drive from Prince George to Smithers and stay the night.

Day 8: Drive from Smithers to Terrace and stay the night.

Day 9: Drive from Terrace to Prince Rupert

Day10: Prince Rupert. Take boat excursion

Day 11: Catch Ferry to Juneau

Day 12: Arrive Juneau

Day 13: Juneau

Day 14: Ferry to Skagway.

Day 15: Drive to Whitehorse

Day 16: Drive to Liard Hot Springs then on to Muncho Lake

Day 17: Muncho Lake to Fort Nelson

Day 18: Fort Nelson to Fort St. John

Day 19: Fort St. John to Grande Prairie

Day 20: Grande Prairie to Hinton 208 miles, 3hrs. 49mns. Or back to Jasper 246 miles, 4hrs, 28mns.

Day 21: Jasper or Hinton to Banff. If Jasper is 179 miles, 3hrs 49mns.

Day 22: Banff

Day 23: Banff to Calgary Airport. 90 miles, 1hr 26 mns.

My questions are as follows:

After Watson Lake is this actually the best path to follow or should I take the Goldrush route?

What does the Rockies route offer that the Goldrush route does not or visa versa?

If so what towns should I be sure to see?

If I stick with the current route do I have the days apportioned well enough, i.e. giving sufficient time to the most interesting places, and/or am I spending to much time in some places. I probably have several days more I could spend on this trip if that is suggested.

Also, if anyone has recommendations for sights to see or places to stay or eat please share them with me.

Thanks so much for the generosity of time and knowledge that I have found in this forum.


p.s. I was curious. I noted rental car rates as being twice as much in July and later August than if I rented starting July 26th. Any ideas about why this might be? Also, any recommendations concerning when to go. I notice some rave about the fall leaves and others lament the rainy days of May and June. Your observations would be appreciated.

Thanks again.

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West Grey, Canada
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duplicated post

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Charlie M - your previous thread got you to the point of the itinerary you've posted above. However, this Canada forum is a general collection point for every post about every region of this enormous country. You need to post this new itinerary and questions in the British Columbia and Canadian Rockies forums, where the local western experts can assist you.

Aberdeen, Maryland...
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Thank you. I 'll do that.

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a few notes and suggestions to get you started

Instead of going to Prince Rupert to catch the ferry have a look at driving to Stewart BC to get to Hyder AK and maybe the Salmon Glacier. then drive to Skagway to take the ferry to Haines where you can do a day trip to Juneau where you get another chance for a glacier. (best to post on the Alaska forum for that one)

Then drive Haines to Haines Junction to Whitehorse

Whitehorse to Watson Lake or continue to Liard hot Springs if you want to soak in the springs.

OR if only going to Watson Lake first day then drive Liard Hot Springs if you want more time exploring.

Liard to Muncho Lake - there is a great lodge at Muncho Lake.

Muncho Lake to Dawson City on a very very long day 700 km about 435 miles

then you have the option of going to Jasper via Hinton or go around to Chetwyn to get to Jasper not much difference in the 2 roads.

From research this is what I came up with for a trip this fall https://drive.google.com/open…

I have a spreadsheet with distances and stops needed to just get there if you are interested - you need to send me a Private Message (found when you click on your name/avatar) the reason is that TA will not allow attachments.

there are photos of the highway between Dawson Creek and Prince George on this blog page explorenorth.com/wordpress/…

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