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CANADIAN ROCKIES Travel Guide: Essential Tips | Little Grey Box

Hey you guys Phoebe here from Little Grey Box now Matt and I did an amazing

canadian rockies road trip and after we did it we realized we had learned a lot

about what went well and what didn't so today i wanted to share with you

everything that we learned to help you plan an amazing Canadian Rockies

roadtrip all of your own

This is the itinerary that we followed and we really loved it

so I'm gonna share that with you and then I'm gonna give you a little bit of

insight on things we wish we'd done differently

we started in Vancouver then drove up the coastline to Porteau Cove then we

headed over to Whistler followed by a really long drive to Clearwater and

Wells Gray after that we made our way down to Jasper from there it was on to

Banff followed by a brief stint in Canmore a quick visit to Calgary and then

we made our way all the way back to Vancouver with a quick stop in Merritt now

the thing about Vancouver as we found with a small budget good quality

accommodation was around 200-300 hundred dollars a night instead we went

with an AirBnB in North Vancouver and we absolutely loved it it was fantastic

having our own little apartment with a kitchen washing machine and lots of

space to spread out and with a hire car it was so easy for us to get around of

course with any new destination you want to have as much time there as possible

but if you are short on time like we were two days in Vancouver is definitely

going to be enough I would recommend you need to download the Maps.me app if

you don't already it is a free map app and you download a map for a region and

then you can star all the places that you want to go and use it offline after

two days in Vancouver we drove a short way up to Porteau Cove which is along the

coastline and maybe about 45 to 50 minutes north of Vancouver the

campground here is Porteau Cove campground and we booked a walk in site

we absolutely loved it it gave us the chance to see so Stawamus Chief

Shannon Falls and really enjoy the beauty of Porteau Cove

now if Porteau Cove isn't exactly on your dream bucket list or you don't feel

like you need that much time in Vancouver then I would recommend you

head to Whistler a day early we spent one night in Whistler but could have easily spent

two there is so much to see and do there it's not even funny and it's only an

hour's drive from Porteau Cove we set up at Riverside Resort campground and

then we went out and we did some amazing activities like ziplining and an ATV

ride like a razor thing it was so much fun there are some great restaurants and

plenty of ways to fill your time after two days in Whistler we headed out to

Clearwater and Wells Gray Our maps said that it was gonna

take about five hours and it ended up taking nearly seven hours and what we

found was when we got there it was beautiful at Clearwater it was stunning

and we really wish that we had have had two nights instead of the one

so again if there is some room for movement in your itinerary I would

recommend giving yourself two nights there because there's so many great

hiking trails and things to see and do in the area that arriving there that

night, late at night just isn't going to give you enough time also in this area

is where you will find some beautiful waterfalls like Spahuts, Dawson Falls

and of course Helmcken Falls now these places are gorgeous so you really don't

want to be rushed and you also might want to do a spot of canoeing on

Clearwater or Azure Lake and a really popular hiking spot is the Joffre Lakes

after leaving Clearwater and Wells Gray we headed to Jasper and along the

way I made Matt stops at the Mount Robson Provincial Park because there is

an incredible hike there the Berg Lake Trail which is just beautiful if you

watch this channel or read our website you will know I always say I hate hiking

I enjoyed this one it was beautiful it was gentle and rolling and when you get

to the end the lake is just stunning we sat and had lunch and it was an amazing

experience now the drive from the world's great Provincial Park to Jasper

is going to take you about three and a half hours so you definitely do have

time to stop and do that hike but here's the thing when we go to Jasper we

realize that we probably needed one extra knife we

say dat whistles campground don't get that confused with stayin in Whistler

whistled the place and whistlers campground are very very different but

look we love staying at mrs. campground it was really nice the showers were good

spending a night in Jasper we hit the ice field hoc way and we were both so

excited because it is notoriously beautiful and scenic and great for

spotting affairs which we did get to see with very exciting but here's the thing

about the icefields pkway you cant pre-booked any of your campsites so what

you have to do is go to these campsites where you self register and you fill out

these little homes where you put your credit card details and say how long

you're staying there for and you pop the slip in a lock box so it's an honesty

system now we had a little bit of a fail in this one / a really decent baler we

kind of panicked and we just chose to stop at the first campground we saw

because we were worried we wouldn't get a spot otherwise so we stopped at Wilcox

campground which is right next to the Athabasca glacier I'm sure you can

imagine Glacia sarn't notorious for being warm sunny cozy places it was

freezing and then we thought well we'll drive a bit and we'll go and see some

more places along the icefield parkway and then we found the rampant Creek

Campground and it was like an oasis it was beautiful that was sunny there was

no fire man it was magnificent so then we had to go all the way back and get

our stuff from Wilcox and move to ramp it darn panic there are plenty of

campgrounds and plenty places to stay just make sure you mark your campsite

with something because I didn't hear from some other campus that they can be

a little bit of fighting if you don't mark your campsite properly and then you

come back and somebody else is set up there and you've lost your spot now the

drive from Jasper to the campground where we stayed is about an hour and a

half to two hours so it's not a particularly long drive which means

you're gonna have lots of time for sightseeing make sure you've got a great

Drive print play this plan for yourself and next up was Ben and I have no doubt

you'll fall in love with Ben just like

now we spent two nights there but honestly there is so much to see and do

you could spend a whole week there we stayed at the Tunnel mountain campground

and it was fantastic there was no fire ban there so we were able to have really

nice camp fires every night and cook out some really delicious food there is so

much sightseeing to be done in Banff it's not even funny

you can Jam pack a day off the day off the day but having a car is really going

to be your best friend here because all of the great things are a bit of a drive

away now we have a really really good friend of ours who lives in Kenmore so

after going to BAM we drove to camera and it is a beautiful place I mean if

you've never been before and you want to do something a little bit different and

you've got the time there's some great restaurants the mountains surrounding it

absolutely beautiful blue pools out there a beautiful and there are some

amazing hikes to I never met and maybe did an incredible hike up to the top of

this man's and they just I don't even know how they made it up there from

Campbell we went to Calgary now it's about an hour's drive from camel to

Calgary if you were driving from 5th to Calgary it would be about an hour and a

half you could easily just spend one night there if you did feel like you

needed more you could do it but we were kind of happy with one night from there

we could easily have flowin out from Calgary back home which is something you

can definitely do but the lights worked out cheaper for us if we flew in and out

of Vancouver and they would direct flights for us so it was really a

no-brainer so to get from Calgary to Vancouver we

decided we would break it up but do the bulk of the driving in one day so we

drove nearly eight hours in one day from Calgary to America where we just booked

a cheap hotel so we could repack all about here get organized for a flight

home the next day and of course our last day was from

Merritt back to Vancouver which is about two and a half hours give or take and it

was a really easy Drive we were just able to drive back in drop the car back

at the airport and get inside for our flight now when we first started

planning our Rockies road trip we really quickly realized that budget was going

to be a very very big factor it was really overwhelming when we first

started and we realized the cost of thing

and then we were trying to figure out what's the best way to do it what's

still going to be fun but we're still going to have an amazing time but it's

not going to break our budget and it's part of my planning because I'm just

that person I went through and I calculated the cost of three different

scenarios and then we compared them and that's how we decided which one was

going to do this for us now in peak season the average price for one night

in the hotel is going to be somewhere between 130 and 300 dollars and that's

just for a decent hotel that's nothing fancy I estimate that if you were going

for around two weeks and you're going to stay in mid-range hotels it's going to

cost you around four thousand dollars so if that's within your budget have a

great time it was nothin in your budget let's try that option right out now and

if you are going to stay in hotels there are a couple of things you need to

factor in but first being parking and not all hotels include parking

especially in places like Vancouver another thing to consider is that you

won't have the luxury of preparing any meals in your hotel room unless you are

able to find an Airbnb with a kitchen or a service department I just assumes that

an avi or camper van was going to be far cheaper than hotels and will probably be

the most cost effective way for us to do it you've got your kitchen you've got

your bed everything's on wheels it's easy to get around no worries there were

a lot of cost that I just didn't realize were involved in hiring a Motorhome now

your initial higher costs are going to be about two thousand Canadian dollars

and that is for two people in a 22 to 23 foot motor higher standard higher

probably doesn't include mileage at all fuel and remember it is a big big

vehicle you're going to need to pay for a campsite

each night which is often for an RV twice the price of a tented side are

also optional insurance costs add on the GPS and there is a mandatory four

thousand dollar Canadian bond hold up when I added up the costs to hire Amana

home was around four thousand six hundred Canadian dollars plus the four

thousand dollar bond on top of it yikes this is by far your cheapest option and

I have to say right up front we loved it I hate

camping I have made no secret of it and I said to Matt all right let's go to

Canada let's do it and we realized how much it was going to cost camping was

the only option I thought you know what let's just do it now obviously if you

have flying over to Canada like we were you and not going to be able to bring

all of your camping equipment with you we brought our own sleeping bags and

pillows but other than that we bought everything we needed when we arrived we

spent about 200 to 300 dollars on everything out a mattress a pump air

mattress tents propane bottles a single burner cooktop and then we went and got

an esky some cleaning essentials a lighter collapsible water bottle tops

some straps and we went to a thrift store where we were able to pick up some

really really good quality cookware and a little camp kettle now the turtles

spend for us four campsites and i--i permits for our entire road trip was 260

dollars on top of that where our food expenses two hundred and forty eight

dollars according to my records so all up the camping portion of our trip cost

us seven hundred and ninety eight dollars we hide a little SUV which is

what I would recommend everyone does it was just a really good size for us I

think anything smaller like a little micro kind of size just wouldn't be any

good you need something with a little more go to it so you can pack all of

your camping here in the back a higher cost of work I was five hundred and

twenty-two dollars now Matt accidentally said yes to a fuel charge

refill which is $85 service charge in taxes at 120 and our total fuel spend

was 374 there was a mandatory $200 bond all of our car hire costs were $1100 you

need to pick this up on your way into the national parks we did this outside

Jasper National Park and it's really important that you know how many days

you need your parks pass to cover you or if you were just driving through the

national parks and you're not stopping then you don't need

to get one but if you are going to stop and do anything do any sightseeing

you have to get one we were there for four days and ours cost us $78 just bear

in mind when I was calculating these I had to include our air fares as well

which were 1,200 per person for our return flights from Brisbane to

Vancouver so if your plates aren't going to cost quite as much as that simply

take the total and duct our $2,400 from it so for camping all up it was around

the 4600 dollars for the 14 days for an RV can man it was around seven thousand

six hundred dollars for the 14 days and don't forget on top of that you have to

be able to pony up a four thousand dollar bond and four hotels it was about

eight thousand eight hundred dollars now all of those totals are just my

estimations based on my research and there are a lot of variables like the

time of year you visit the type of vehicle you hire and how much you spend

on food and so on but hopefully that gives you an idea of the different cost

points and maybe helps you figure out which one is going to be best for you

this is a real thing and you are going to need to be bear aware while you are

camping or just traveling around Canada in general the most important thing that

you need to do is make sure you don't leave anything with a scent in your tent

at night that is so important you cannot have food perfumes body moisturizers

shampoo and conditioners anything with a scent needs to come out of your tent and

it needs to be look safely in your car away from you otherwise that bear is

going to claw its way into your tent because something smells delicious when

we were driving we saw so many people spot a bear pull up and then get out of

their car and approach it most of the time with an iPad held up if that bear

attacks you I'm pretty sure the way it works is that it gets put down I think

that bear loses its life because you got out of the car and approached it they

are wild animals do not get out of your car do not look over to the mayor stay

in your car and be respectful observe from a safe distance away and do

not disturb it it is in the middle of doing some very important bear business

it's also important just to drive it safely around wildlife in general and

behave safely around wildlife in general - you're going to see lots of signs up

as you go around because in Canada you cannot be in the wildlife it can be seen

as animal cruelty and in some cases some of the signs I read so that you can be

charged and find the animal cruelty what happens is the animals become very

unhealthy and they become dependent on humans for food and it's just a bad

situation and also recommend that you don't underestimate mountain weather one

minute it can be blue skies warm and lovely and the next it can be chilly and

pouring rain and that is part of the beauty I would recommend you always have

some kind of way of staying dry with you whether that is a waterproof jacket or

an umbrella if you are planning on doing some hiking and make sure you are

properly prepared if you need to register if you need to register for the

trails please make sure you do that and just adhere to all of the warning signs

now tipping is a part of Canadian culture so please make sure that you tip

your servants the customary tip in Canada would be about 15 to 20 percent

of your total bill if you were really happy with your service of course more

if you would like to know please don't underestimate Canada's border security

I'm pretty sure Chris Brown and gez have learned the hard way that if you do have

some criminal offenses in your past you may not be allowed entry into Canada so

make sure you answer all of their questions honestly up front and you

might want to check the entry requirements before you go booking

anything if there's anything you're even remotely worrying about it's also very

important that you are respectful of Canada's First Nations people using

terms like Eskimo Indian or even Native American aren't the right way to go

about it please make sure that you are respectful of all the First Nations

sites and that you refer to them in a respectful way

do not leave rubbish behind if you see well they should be a good person and

pick it up and make a difference but please make sure you are respectful of

Canada respectful of the people and don't leave a mess

leave things just as you found them all better and before you fly you are going

to need to get yourself an ET a that is an electronic Travel Authorization and

you're going to need to do that online before you go there's a proper official

website where you can apply I did mine it was instant and it was really easy

and when it comes to packing for your Canadian Rockies Road Trip you are going

to need to pack quite an array of clothing because we found in places like

Vancouver and Whistler it was really really warm we were wearing shorts and

t-shirts and as we moved to Jasper in the icefields pkway and then it was

really cold and we needed thermals beanies jeans woolly socks and really

thick heavy water perfect carts as I mentioned earlier mountain weather is a

real thing so you need to be prepared to be able to strip some lands off when

it's warm for a couple of hours and then be able to pack some more layers on when

it gets cold and if you are camping guys it is going to be very cold at night we

were there in summer and it was really cold for someone like me in the dead of

the night in Banff I would recommend packing some activewear and things like

that those days when you're doing some hiking or canoeing or any of those

amazing outdoor activities and you guys I hate to say it but you're gonna need

some Crocs oh I've come to love Crocs and I'm not even ashamed to say it

they are amazing for camping you can slip them on slip them off they're great

for in the shower they dry easily they're just a great around if the

camping and you might like to bring some earplugs to I really needed those a ton

of mountain camper in advance because they were trained so impossible and my

very last packing essential tip would be and I mask because if you are there in

summer like we way the Sun does not set until very very late there's something

about a road trip that is nostalgic and reminds you of your youth and that is

exactly what it did from that night before we went we both made a couple of

different playlists which we took on USB sticks so we could listen to our music

in the car and we had so much fun windows down mountains outside listening

to the music talking and laughing navigating dig

yeah snacks how the bsp and Bert listen Australian wines for you we just had a

really fun time and it was like this unbound sense of adventure it was

incredible it felt like the world was ours we had total freedom we could go

anywhere we wanted now you guys I just want to let you know we have written out

a lot of this information in detailed guides on the little grey box website so

if I spoken too fast for you or you couldn't take down nerds that's okay

there are links in the description below which will take you to everything you

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