I planned my holiday using different means of transport and including very varied activities. We rented a car and drove from Calgary via Kananaskis thorough the Rocky Mountains, south to north, stopping at different places to hike for a few days and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and ever present wildlife. From Jasper we took the wonderful and easy Yellowhead Highway and took a late ferry over to Vancouver Island. The main land and its surrounding islands and inlets offer unique coastlines and wilderness, emerald forests, lush old-growth rainforests where the trees form a cool canopy over hiking trails, sparkling sandy and rocky beaches that stretch for miles, majestic mountains with glittering glaciers and snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear rivers teeming with fish, lakes surrounded by parkland and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and home to all kinds of wonderful creatures.
Western Canada in Spring – all kinds of encounters can happen: An orca breeching off Vancouver island, spring flowers opening up on a warm day while the snow still falls in the Rockies, traffic jam on the road through Kananaskis National Park- one car, one mountain sheep licking salt of the road, a grizzly leaving his winter den and a golden manteled Squirrel munching its last reserves checking our back pack for more.
If you are seeking more comfort and less activates hop on board the Rocky Mountaineer train or book a ViaRail journey to ‘all directions Canada.’