We are planning a trip in mid September and would like help with an itinerary. We'll be flying in on Saturday and leaving the following Sunday(Vancouver or Calgary) Our main interest is the beautiful scenery so we know we would like to spend some time in the Banff/Jasper area. We'd also like(we think) to make the Inside Passage ferry trip from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, and see Victoria/Vancouver Island. Is this even possible in the amount of time we have? I'd rather drive, as I'm a bit of a chicken on smaller airplanes, but we are willing to take a flight from British Columbia to Alberta(or visa versa)Any advice would be appreciated.
It would be very difficult to do the trip you are planning in only 8 days unless all you did was travel from place to place. For example, the distance from Prince Rupert to Jasper is about 1100 km (about 690 miles) - it would take you two days just to drive it.
You might be better off visiting Vancouver, taking the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria and seeing a bit of the island, then flying from Victoria to Calgary and driving to the Rockies (which are only one hour west of Calgary). It still will be tight in terms of time, but if you split it four days on the west coast and four days in the Rockies, you can at least see some of the main sights.
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