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Old 05-20-2016, 10:47 PM   #15
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ThanX JCL. And that explains it. I think.
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:23 AM   #16
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And it adds to the thread. Thanks Much. Pat
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:26 AM   #17
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The Canadian parks' pricing system is hard to understand, but the linked site gives a rough idea. It basically goes per person. If you get an annual pass it will actually be good through 2017, and into your day of purchase in 2018, as well, because the parks will be free next year in celebration of their centennial.

Today the US-Can exchange rate was 76c US = 1 Canadian dollar, so the prices will essentially give you a 25% discount.

We've camped a couple of times at the big Lake Louise CG in Banff, which has new spacious pull-through sites. I think we stayed in the Wabasso CG in Jasper. It is for shorter RVs & tents, which was kind of nice because the views were wooded, vs. the sidewalls of our neighbours' monster 5th wheels. There were elk browsing around, as well.

This is bear country, so if you plan to hike, you might want to pick up some bear spray in a mountain shop. But-- unlike in the US National parks, dog owners can take dogs on the hiking trails.

There are some grand old hotels in these parks, like Chateau Lake Louise, that might be worth a special meal. If you're really into fine dining-- and wine-- the Post Hotel dining room in Lake Louise is legendary. (Expensive, but hey....) Advance reservations are a must. Like now might already be too late for June.

We like to travel with a canoe, and there are some beautiful paddles in these parks, as well.
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L&J - Thanks for your comments. What a nice surprise to hear that the Canadian NPs are more dog friendly.

Everyone travel safe and roll out the smiles. Pat
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:13 PM   #19
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L&J - Thanks for your comments. What a nice surprise to hear that the Canadian NPs are more dog friendly.

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Those pups just show up in all kinds of shiny coaches. Very cool to see them happy and taking care of people.

Thanks for sharing the picture. Pat
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There are fine Provincial Parks all along your planned route. Some have hookups, others are dry. Many have showers. Almost all have dump stations. Fees are collected at each site by a ranger-type who also offers firewood. You can overnight at rest stops. I often pull into a town, find a nice,flat bit of ground and spend the night. I've stopped in front of people's homes, asked permission to overnight and been invited in for drinks or dinner. Get free maps of Provincial Parks at visitor centers
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I frequent Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise often. This summer I'll be hitting Banff and Lake Louse at the end of July/early August. Revelstoke is quite an amazing spot, with a few decent RV parks (I like Lamplighter). Glacier National Park is absolutely breathtaking with some pretty awesome wilderness campsites at Illecillewaet campground that seem more like backcountry camping (although I don't think any are serviced, if that's a must for you). The Parks Canada website is a pain in the rear for booking sites, especially when it's busy. Jasper doesn't have many full service sites, I usually end up with power only and it works out just fine. Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court in Banff has full hookups but isn't as nice as the Villages and does not have fire pits (if that's important to you). Book sooner than later if you haven't, especially in the national parks... For whatever reason it seems the parks are quite full this year.
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Sounds like a fantastic place to visit. Understand the bridge tolls in Vancouver can be paid by mail. There is a $2.50 hit for their processing the tag to get an address. The rig is supposed to be $10. Certainly not as bad as other places. Sounds visitor friendly. Pat
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Sounds like a fantastic place to visit. Understand the bridge tolls in Vancouver can be paid by mail. There is a $2.50 hit for their processing the tag to get an address. The rig is supposed to be $10. Certainly not as bad as other places. Sounds visitor friendly. Pat
There are two bridge tolls heading out of Vancouver (on two different highways, you would use one or the other, or use a non toll crossing). Other roads are not yet tolled.

You can avoid the license plate lookup fee of $2.30 by paying within 7 days. It is easy to pay online. And of course, this is in Canadian dollars.

https://www.treo.ca/tolls-and-fees/ways-to-save/

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Kinda our neck of the woods, we are 3-1/2 hours east of Jasper. We camp there and through the parks often. In Jasper the bigger campgrounds are Whistler and Wapati and are both close to Jasper Townsite. If you set up camp in one of those there are a lot of daytrip spots in "close" driving distance. The furthest would be the Miette hot springs to the east of town.

The icefield parkway is a must. The grades there are of no significant concern. Don't plan on camping on the parkway because the sites are few and unless you reserve well in advance there is not much hope of getting one. The sites are smaller too but depends on your rig if that matters.

In Banff there is Tunnel Mountain that was mentioned, lots of sites there but reservations are still recommended. The Lake Louise campground is nice but next to the train tracks so noisy.

If for some strange reason your travels took you east of Jasper you can boondock in our yard, lots of room but no mountains.
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If you want a site with electricity you better check about reservations at Jasper. Lots of sites, but we could not get an electric one a couple of times.
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CL - Great suggestions. Do not plan to be East of Jasper, but you never know. Thanks for the offer. Good luck with your summer. Pat
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PKI, I see you are from the bay area. We are heading south to Santa Maria area later this month with our Lil Loafer so I'll wave at you from Stockton as we go by. ✌️
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