Subject: Re: Visit to Canada
Hi Gerrit, As you plan to go to Jasper, you may want to take the time to drive to Banff, with a stop at the Columbia Icefield, visit the area for a day or two and venture down to Calgary. It's an easy drive on an excellent road.

If you drive to Smithers, B.C., you can leave from Banff on Hwy. 1 through Kamloops or from Jasper on Hwy. 16. The drive from Alberta to British Columbia, through the Rockies, is awesome. If you cross through the Selkirk Range at Rogers Pass you will eventually arrive in Revelstoke, a charming small town surrounded by the mountains, where you could overnight. It's wonderful to wake up to the crisp mountain air. Have a look at a map of British Columbia to chart your journey. I guarantee this will be a memorable road trip. Rand McNally publishes a good road map book for Canada with detailed maps of all the provinces. The B.C. and Alberta tourism boards will also provide brochures and road maps which you could have sent to your daughter in Hamilton so you don't have to carry them around the world.

Via Rail services the Jasper - Prince George - Prince Rupert route.
>From Smithers, it operates three times a week to Prince Rupert and three times a week to Prince George. There is an Inside Passage ferry service from Prince Rupert to Vancouver. I suggest you do some research on this as there are deluxe and regular ferry services.

The advantage of the train is that it rolls along through countryside that is not always accessible by road. You would have to weigh this against being able to stop in small towns if you drive. In any case, you will be passing through spectacular country.

Here are some sites that you may find useful.

Happy planning. Lucy, Toronto