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 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.