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What are my other options rather than renting a car?

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    Hmmm - renting a car is by far the best option. That way you can take your time and appreciate all the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

    Of course you could catch the train or bus to Calgary and then up to Edmonton, but you wouldn't see the best parts.

    By driving you can come all the way through Banff and Canmore, and then double back to Lake Lousie and go north through Jasper before heading over to Edmonton..... the Ice Fields Parkway from LL to Jasper is amazing at anytime of year! over 7 years ago

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    Clarifying what 'best way' means to you would be helpful to those giving advice. Most efficient, i.e. fastest and least expensive is to fly directly from Vancouver to Edmonton, or to Edmonton via Calgary. If you want to see the incredible beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and time is not an issue, take the advice of Richard above and drive a rental car, or take a bus or train. There is a train called the Rocky Mountaineer which goes through the Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary and which many Europeans travel on when they go to Canada. If you drive yourself, you have the option of stopping where, and when, you wish, but give up some of the sights as the highway does require considerable attention. Any way you go, you'll be sorry you left the breathtaking beauty of Vancouver. over 7 years ago

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    Drive to kamloops, then to Jasper, then through Hinton to Edmonton! About 14 hours! almost 7 years ago

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    Drive! Oh and bring a camera the scenery is amazing. almost 7 years ago

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    One hour on a airplane. But you'd miss a spectacular view. over 4 years ago

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    The drive between Vancouver and Calgary is one of the most beautiful drives in the world (the extra between Calgary and Edmonton is almost straight and quite boring). But it takes about 10-12 hours depending on your route and whether you stop and gawk at the beautiful vistas, and, hopefully, some animals. The train is lovely, but it goes through some of the most beautiful parts in the dark.
    I hate car trips, but I think this is a must do drive at least once in your life. Bus if necessary, although that of course means less control over where you stop, and there are some beautiful stops and detours. The bus, though does take the same route as a car. over 4 years ago

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