We are interested in doing a land trip from Vancouver to Banff and on to Calgary after our AK cruise. If anyone has done this trip, any info would be very much appreciated. (Like, how do you go about it?)
Have you considered renting a car? In my opinion the most scenic route across BC is HWY 3...JMHO and besides, it is the route to get to my place :grin !
Highlights of the trip would include the drive through Manning Provincial Park http://www.britishcolumbia.com/parks/?id=142 , the orchards between Keremeos and Osoyoos...you might take a side trip to Penticton and or Kelowna as well, the drive up Anarchist Mountain, the Salmo/Creston drive through the mountains, the Rail Museum in Cranbrook and the nearby heritage town of Fort Steele http://www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/towns/?townID=3495 . In Cranbrook change to HWY 93/95 and go north to Fairmont Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs. After driving through Radium Hot Springs you will take the interesting and beautiful drive through Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park.....you might want to also take the short detour so you can visit Lake Louise. From Banff it is a reasonably short drive through the foothills of the Rockies to Calgary. It's an exciting journey with breathtaking views around nearly every curve.