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Phase 4 #motherofallroadtrips: Western Canada

British Columbia & Alberta

16th September to 28th November

Total approx. kilometres: 2,428 (1,509 miles)

Total fuel: Hard to estimate since we spent 6 weeks in Kelowna, BC just hanging out. But roughly CA$450.

Phase four continues our #motherofallroadtrips.

In phase one we toured Eastern Canada for over one month. Phase two saw us spend a little under one month in the Midwest USA. And for phase three we made our way from Oregon to Vancouver, Canada. Phase four was our discovery of Western Canada with a quick side trip to Alaska

Bow Lake in Alberta

 

Phase #4 – Western Canada & Alaska

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

16th – 19th September

Accommodation: Azure Guest Suite - CA$193 (check prices in area...)

A reader of our blog mentioned that her apartment building had a guest suite we may like to rent. Funnily enough it was available and a superb location for exploring Vancouver.

During our stay we went whale watching, took a seaplane to Victoria and met several blogging friends that we had been in touch with online for years.

It was during this time we received a last-minute invite to join the final cruise of the season to Alaska with Holland America. So we cut our time short in Vancouver to be whisked, I mean sailed, away to Alaska for one week. 

False Creek in Vancouver

Alaska Cruise

19th – 27th September

Accommodation: Noordam, Holland America

7 nights on board the Noordam had to be the most scenic cruise we had ever taken. 

We stayed in a Verandah suite and while the weather was certainly chilly sitting outside, it was lovely to have the curtains open, admiring the spectacular beauty of glaciers and mountains gliding by every morning.

During our cruise we spent a remarkable day in Juneau, we took a helicopter tour to a glacier in Skagway, and we also went shopping in Ketchikan. One of the favourite moments had to be sailing through Glacier Bay where we spent 1 hour watching glaciers and witnessed the cracking and crashing of glacial ice as it slid into the beautiful frigid ocean. 

Once we disembarked the ship we collected our car, which had been in good hands with our friends, the Traveling Canucks, and headed straight to Kelowna, BC. 

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

27th September – 15th October

Accommodation: Housesit

We had a hefty number of articles to write after the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the wonders of Alaska. So this housesit came at the perfect time. The location was convenient and happened to be nearby friends that we met back in 2013The Barefoot Nomad. The housesit also came with two very shy, but beautiful cats. 

Lake Okanagan

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

15th – 18th October

Accommodation: The Crimson (check prices in area...)

After our housesit in Kelowna we decided to spend 2 weeks discovering the neighbouring province of Alberta.

You can read a detailed road trip post here.

First stop was Jasper. We walked on a glass-bottom bridge 800 feet above a steep gorge, walked on a disappearing glacier, flew in a skytram up to Whistler’s Mountain and discovered the boundless natural beauty of Icefields Parkway.

Jasper
Athabasca Falls along Icefields Parkway

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

18th – 22nd October

Accommodation: Delta Edmonton South (check latest prices...)

Edmonton provided a refreshing stop for a little retail therapy at North America’s largest shopping mall – West Edmonton Mall. A fun stop for the kids. 

A full-sized ship inside West Edmonton Mall

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada

22nd – 23rd October

Accommodation: Canalta Jurassic Hotel (check latest prices...)

After Edmonton it was time to see Canada’s home of dinosaurs.  A mere 3 hours south from Edmonton you will find the world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to palaeontologyRoyal Tyrrell Museum.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

23rd – 25th October

Accommodation: Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel (check latest prices...)

A road trip in Alberta is not complete without a visit to Calgary. Calgary is a bustling city with a unique character. And the Sheraton was a fabulous family-friendly place to stay. The hotel’s waterslides garnered a hearty thumbs-up of approval from our kids.

Banff, Alberta, Canada

25th – 27th October

Accommodation: Hidden Ridge Resort (check latest prices...)

Finally the moment we had been waiting for. Banff was all I hoped it would be and the perfect place to spend time unwinding in a hot tub while the frigid cold air swirled around. We explored all corners of Banff from caves to mountains to lakes. And remember to watch out for bears!

Our chalet in Hidden Ridge Resort

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

27th – 28th October

Accommodation: Baker Creek Chalets (check latest prices...)

One night in Lake Louise was enough for me. My recommendation is do a day trip here and stay overnight in Banff. But do make sure you visit; the beauty of the south end of the Icefields Parkway is unbelievable. 

View of Peyto Lake from Bow Summit
Lake Louise

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

28th October – 28th November

Accommodation: Airbnb

After our 2-week road trip around Alberta, we returned to Kelowna, BC. This place had really grown on us and we were ready to spend another month chilling out and enjoying it’s slower pace, and writing some more. Oh, and we squeezed in a couple visits to the ski resort Big White.

Big White

Phase 4 is finished! Are you ready to see what phase 5 of our #motherofallroadtrips will bring? It’s a big one… from Kelowna, BC all the way to the bright lights of New York City – in just 3 weeks! Let’s go! 

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Posted by Kate on
What an amazing itinerary! I often dream about this particular road trip (for us it would be from Seattle) since my husband (then boyfriend) were supposed to do a very similar version years ago, and then he ended up breaking his knee right before the trip--we had to cancel! Some day soon!
Posted by Alisha Paul on
OMG..!! What a cool places to visit in western Canada. I love every place of Canada, my one friend live there. But really so amazing post...i like most.
Posted by McCool Travel on
Beautiful part of our world.
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