The scenic Canadian Rockies have knocked the socks off travellers since explorer David Thompson came here 200 years ago. Today, sightseers can choose a human-led or GPS-triggered tour.
Traditional motorcoach and van excursions, where the driving is left to others, remain popular. “Our guides are locals who have conducted tours for over 30 years,” notes Joanna Buckingham of Brewster. “Their knowledge is vast and they love interacting with clients and sharing interesting stories.”
On the other hand, independent minded sightseers can rent a GyPSy Guide, an electronic device that provides GPS tours through the FM radio of their own vehicle. Commentary prepared by professional local guides automatically kicks-in at locations of interest. “It’s about flexibility,” says GyPSy’s Rick Bulich. “You’re not tied to a schedule, so you can move at your own pace.”—RM