I don't know if I've mentioned it here before but we have decided to re-schedule our Newfoundland trip for next year and hit the West Coast instead for two weeks in September. Yippee! I think our main destinations would be the Vancouver Island in British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, so I'm going to get to see the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, all in one trip! Exciting! Mind you, I've never seen both in person before.
I don't know about my travel companions (Troy and his parents), but when I'm travelling, I always try to avoid tourist traps. Unless those tourist traps are places that I really, really want to see, I'd rather not go there. Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia just came to mind -- it was the most touristy place ever, but how could I not see it?
So, if you have any tips on lesser-known places in Vancouver Island and the Canadian Rockies that are way cool and would make my camera beg me to shoot, please let me know in the comment. I know September is still a month and several days away, but I just can't stop thinking about the trip!