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Old 04-20-2007, 09:37 AM   #15
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Thanks, Brad. I'll be getting there on a Friday, so maybe I will reserve a night or two to make sure I can get in after the long drive out!

After reading the replys to my post, I am rethinking staying in Banff and will probably stay at Lake Louise. I can always go to Banff as day trips. Not much on crowds.

Also, have decided to go out to Glacier and the other parks west of Banff.
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Thanks, Brad. I'll be getting there on a Friday, so maybe I will reserve a night or two to make sure I can get in after the long drive out!

After reading the replys to my post, I am rethinking staying in Banff and will probably stay at Lake Louise. I can always go to Banff as day trips. Not much on crowds.

Also, have decided to go out to Glacier and the other parks west of Banff.
I was going to suggest that. Banff is worth a day trip in, it's a beautiful little town with great scenery and attractions but I think you're better not to stay right there. It's become quite touristy and is jammed with people in the summer. Lake Louise is a bit quieter and gives you better access to much better hiking, climbing, mountain biking, Jasper, icefields, or whatever you're into.

A really, really nice park to stay in on the way (it's about 30 minutes from banff is the Mount Kidd RV park in kananaskis. It's a full service campground nestled right in the rockies. It would be a great go between if you don't make it all the way to Lake Louise. Mount Kidd RV Park and Campground-Kananaskis Camping . I've added a review in the campground section.

cheers and a safe journey!
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Brad or Pat, do either of y'all know anything about Waterfowl Lakes campground? I'm thinking about staying there a night or two on my way to Jasper.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:38 AM   #18
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Eat at Joe's

Speaking of Joe Bdtsflk's Diner (spelling a challenge.. Came from Lil' Abner comics in 50's..) here is picture of non-traditional architecture in Banff...

If you can't make breakfast, lunch is also terrific, though expect it to be busy...
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:59 AM   #19
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Brad or Pat, do either of y'all know anything about Waterfowl Lakes campground? I'm thinking about staying there a night or two on my way to Jasper.
haven't heard of that one.
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Nope, me either (about Waterfowl Lakes). We stayed at Wapiti just south of Jasper. We were dry camping there. I think the other campground across the parkway (Elkwallow?) had hookups.

The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and LL is about 150k as I remember. World-class drive and scenery. I hope you guys take a timeout and hike up onto the glacier (Athabaska). Can't do that just anywhere!

Talking about it is giving me jealousy pangs.

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This is a very informative thread, thanks everyone, saving me a lotta research. DG
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It has been a while since I've been through there, probably three or four years and even longer since I've camped there, but I seem to recall a lot of Elk, some black bear, lots of deer, sheep and goats at various points, and the occasional moose out in the small water areas. My uncle was the maintenance person at Moraine Lake in the fifties and we did a bunch of camping that way then, and again through the seventies and eighties, but the responsibilities of a cabin, work, and moving a long ways away just made it too hard to get there often. It is the playground for the fine folks from the prairies and Banff itself is a huge tourist draw from all over the globe. I've stayed at the Château Lake Louise in the past and it is a beautiful old hotel to go for a lunch or dinner. Be prepared for the potential for unusual weather. I've been there on the first of July and gotten up to snow but it wasn't really cold - zero or there abouts, but it is fairly high up. Wait a couple of hours and it's all gone and back to mountain summer weather.

Be prepared for a gasoline price hit. A US gal is the approximate equivalent of 3.78 litre, and right now on the coast at least we are paying about 1.20 per litre. Good thing your dollar is worth more than the Canadian dollar. I live just north of the border and my wife works about five minutes from it so she's able to zip down for gas in WA and we save quite a chunk. But for budgeting purposes I thought you may wish to be aware.

It's a beautiful area. Very tourist oriented, but still very natural in most parts. You will love it.

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Thanks, Barry. I had thought of the price of gas. I was headed to Nova Scotia and beyond in September of '05, but changed my mind as gas was reaching $3.50 a gallon right after Katria hit.

I figure with savings on lodging and food (the beauty of bringing the house with you) I"ll be all right. I looked into staying at the Chateau Lake Louise, but one night there equals a week of camping with full hook-ups!
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Beautiful area

I have never camped there but did go skiing at Sunshine Village one year. We also spent time sight seeing in Banff. I believe the trams are open year round at Sunshine Village and if you like hiking, it would be a scenic location to visit.
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I also want to put in a plug for other destinations going to or from the Canadian Rockies. When we left Lake Louise, we skirted Calgary and resupplied groceries. Then we stopped off at Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump; a world heritage site. We arrived at Waterton Lakes NP by mid afternoon. Stay at the in-town campground if you can - great village to walk around and enjoy the flavor. The Prince of Wales is a place to see. Pic is from the back of the hotel. We kayaked on Waterton and Cameron Lakes. Take the boat ride to Goat Haunt- which is back over the US border.

From there we went to Glacier NP (Montana) and stayed at Many Glacier CG. Great kayaking on Swift Current Lake. By the way, we lost a very nice tenderloin of prime Alberta beef at the US border. Mad cow, we presume. Still bummed about that. Next we camped at Two Medicine just to get on its lake. Good decision.

Enjoy your trip.

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Waterton and Glacier are gorgeous places. Both can get a tad cramped mid summer. Waterton can also get pretty windy. We lived east of there about an hour or so for 30 years and spent lots of time there and at Glacier and loved them both.

We've had so much rain and snow in the mountains this year that forest fires should be less of an issue than the past few years, but make sure you ask along the way if there's any issues with that - it can move a herd of campers from one area to another pretty quickly and make what is normally a not too busy week in a campground instead a hunt for a spot.

If you haven't yet gone to Tourism BC's website you may wish to do so. Also, with Homeland Security in place make sure you bring proper I.D. to get back into the States. You'll have to check to see what they require but I believe for now it's a drivers license and birth certificate or perhaps it's two pieces of legitimate photo ID. Perhaps one of the others who have crossed recently can provide that info????

And you can't bring firearms into Canada. They get real stinky about that. I don't know what others have done in this situation but if you do carry one perhaps one of the others can provide advice on what they do/did in this situation.

As mentioned earlier, Kananaskis is a beautiful area just east of Banff. It's right where the foothills slam into the Rockies and there's some incredible scenery. You can take that road I think all the way down south to the Crowsnest pass area. And the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump is west of Fort Macleod and east of the Crowsnest Pass (45 minutes I think) if you get the chance as mentioned it's impressive (if you are into that sort of thing).

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Condo - - , Thanks for the photo of Joe B***** however it's spelled. He was the little guy with the umbrella and raincloud in Lil' Abner. I have great affinity for him because every time I go traveling it's uphill, against the wind, and raining! Darol
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I thought you might get a kick out of the attached photo. I would hope you don't see this kind of weather, but the critters are out there and a lot of them. So many they have to build them their own way to get over the human traffic.

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