AJ said:ethanz said:It would be a rental car, could be an SUV if necessary, but we probably wouldn't be going on crazy dirt roads.
Well I'm not really sure where, mostly looking for ideas of great places.
This is a rough idea of a possible trip itinerary:
In August you will not be needing an SUV. The roads here are paved or good quality gravel. I'd sooner spend the money on a camper van. It'll make for a much more memorable trip compared to motel rooms.
I'm not sure how much time you have, but that's an ambitious itinerary. You'll be spending a lot of time driving. Personally I'd concentrate on the Banff-Louise-Jasper road and spend most of my time there, with detours into Kananaskis and the east and west Kootenays. But I'm from Calgary so maybe I'm biased.
I see tourist buses to the Banff-Jasper highway in a day. That's just crazy. I've spent a lifetime exploring and I still haven't seen it all.
My tip: go camping at the Columbia icefield, then before dawn hike up to Wilcox Pass to watch the sunrise over the Columbia icefield. If it's a clear day your jaw will drop, guaranteed.
AJ, you are indeed biased. However that's not necessarily bad
As a proud Albertan I must say that I also envy BC. So much of BC is amazing and some of what's amazing the average public in Canada is unaware of, or maybe it's too wild for their taste. Of course, all of our suggestions or comments are subjective and biased. I love the interior of BC, the circle routes are cool etc. I don't like the commercial aspects of Banff while many tourists do.
The suggestion of a small motorhome or camper rental is a good one, I think. Also, as stated, should one hurry around everywhere or rather dig deeper to enjoy a smaller area. I too prefer not biting off more than I can chew.
I agree that it would be a shame not to fully explore the Jasper-Banff highway, especially for scenery and Wilcox pass is truly amazing!! But so are the amazing trails at Illecillewaet.