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Old 07-28-2016, 11:20 AM   #1
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Help needed. Best route in Canada Rocky Mountain are

We plan to travel to Canada Rocky Mountain area from Seattle WA. Please advise what is the best route we should go.

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Old 07-28-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by sunmoon9x6 View Post
We plan to travel to Canada Rocky Mountain area from Seattle WA. Please advise what is the best route we should go.

Thank you in advance!
We started a British Columbia thread and got some good advice.

The routes are a bit difficult to make a loop to and from Seattle, but 99 out of Vancouver and a jump to Kamloops before heading North to Jasper and then down to Banff is a nice trip.

We thought we would stay North in going to Jasper and were warned off as it is supposed to be a more industrial area.

We reversed the direction of that trip and came up through Washington from the Grand Coulee Dam area. The trip from Jasper down to Kamloops was much more scenic than we expected. We skipped the 99 section which may have been a mistake.

The speed limits are lower in Canada, so be prepared to slow a bit. Folks do speed, so watch your mirrors. There are lots of grades so have your rig in good shape and take it easy on the down grades. Pullouts are not always available. Stop before you need to stop. Fuel is not scarce, but you have fewer choices. Fill before you need to fill.

The Canadian roads are generally in good shape. Better than in the lower 48 from our experience, at least in BC. Their construction transitions are generally more precise and smooth. It was a great drive. Only the heavy frost heave of the roads on the second half of the drive from Banff to Jasper was a hassle with respect to condition. Slowing down gave us a better view.

Note that prices are similar to your prices at home or maybe a bit higher. Fuel, except for diesel, is much more expensive.

Good luck with your trip and travel safe. Pat

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Old 07-29-2016, 11:26 AM   #3
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If you prefer, you could also take I-90 across Washington state fairly far east before heading north. Is your main destination Jasper, Banff, or Waterton Lakes? All of them?
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We have crossed the border three times going into Canada. The first time we crossed at I5. It was a NIGHTMARE of a wait. Next time we crossed at hwy 539 and we waited less than five minutes. Same with the third time. We really enjoyed our last Canada trip. Banff was awesome! Really like how their NP system works. I see Len and Jean are on this thread. They are always a good source of information.
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Help needed. Best route in Canada Rocky Mountain are

We always use the Sumac or Aldergrove/Lynden crossing when entering BC. The Peace Arch and truck crossing are always backed up.
Unless you have an uncontrolled desire to drive in Vancouver traffic I would recommend the Lynden crossing. When you get into Canada catch the Fraser Hwy east, it will take you to Canada #1. Then head toward Hope, BC. From there you have a number of choices.
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If you are touring your way there I highly recommend crossing the Cascades and go north on 97 or 395 maybe. The Okanagon and Kootenays are beautiful.

Hot springs, valleys, amazing long lakes, great smallish towns to explore - I've enjoyed that part of the world as much as Banff and Jasper.

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If you haven't been to Canada before or in a long time (before their computer records) it may take a while at the border crossing. They want to make sure that you will return to the US. Once you have established that you are not going to be refugee in Canada the crossing will be a snap. Be truthful and don't bring anything in. They have plenty of everything. Stop by Tim Horton's. And watch out for the tourist "selfy jams" at Lake Louise and Banff.

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We have traveled all over BC (home) all our lives and just returned a few weeks ago from doing a National park loop..... awesome trip.

We travelled from outside Vancouver west on hwy#1

Hope is a nice little town on the Fraser river for a lunch stop and explore (Rambo#1 was filmed here)

Leaving Hope we picked up the CrowsNest Hwy west to Manning Provincial Park . This park alone could keep you around for a week or 2 (we've been many times) but we stopped for a night at a small city owned RV spot on the river in Princenton. Nice overnight spot on the hwy. (Don't miss stopping at the Giant Hope/Princetown Slide on route for a quick break....awesome to see).

Our destination for 3 nights was Christina Lake a very beautiful area.

Next #3A to the town of Nelson on Kootney Lake .... well worth a few nights in this fun town (youth run city owned RV park is great location)...one of my favourite towns.

Drive out of Nelson take the big bridge over the lake and about a 40min drive up the lake to
Balfour where you catch the free Gov Ferry across the lake following 3a to the town of Creston (you can also take hwy#6 which is quicker but the other route is beautiful following along the Lake). From Creston you are back on the Crowsnest and then onto hwy#93 heading up to Radium Hot Springs and Kootney National Park .... we spent a few nights here at Red Streak Campground lots of mountain goats hanging around the campground road.

Driving #93 thru Kootney Park you come into Banff National Park and pu hwy#1 again... we spent several days at Lake Louise and also Banff...Spectacular spot.. if you want to see the mountains this is it!!

Following #1 west out of Lake Lousie you drive thru Yoho National Park then Revelstoke Mountain National park to Kamloops ... which is a nice small city.

From Kamloops you can take the Coquhalla Hwy down to Vancouver ... quick and beautiful

BUT we love the back route which is leave Kamloops staying on #1 to Cache Creek (you could stay on #1 back to Hopealso very nice along the Fraser River)...at Cache Creek head north on#93 a short way to #97 west thru the back roads (paved and steep) thru Lillooet and into the Whistler Mountain area ... you can stay along this road in some primitive forest service sites on the river ($10) very nice.amazing River/mountain/forest area

From Whistler you take the new Sea to Sky hwy thru Squamish back to Vancouver. Another gorgeous route re-built for the Whistler Olympics a few years ago.

All along this loop route are many great little towns..lakes ...rivers etc to stay at...

now its google time!

Enjoy the trip.... Kootney and Banff alone could keep you around for weeks.... if you go high season make sure you reserve well ahead in the Nationals especially Banff and Lake Louise!!

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