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Old 01-10-2013, 09:37 PM   #16
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Have heard of Buffalo Jump, didn't realized we would be so close.



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Old 01-11-2013, 06:43 AM   #17
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They rate the road down the east shore of Kootenay Lake higher than New Denver - Kaslo ?? IMHO
Their rating system may be YMMV, but the roads they show are
I agree that New Denver to Kaslo is a better than the run south from Kootenay Bay to Creston as well, mainly because the heavy traffic, and slow speed limits (heavy enforcement) as well as lots of driveways along the Creston road. The New Denver to Kaslo lost points due to road surface being poor (in places) when the ratings were done (it was good the last time I went across). Destination Highways .com notes this in their book / website. Deer can be a problem along the ND to Kaslo run especially early and late day. I love the town of Kaslo and may retire there someday. I just need to embrace my inner hippy first.


Here is a link to check out: http://www.destinationhighways.com/default.htm
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:39 AM   #18
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I agree that New Denver to Kaslo is a better than the run south from Kootenay Bay to Creston as well, mainly because the heavy traffic, and slow speed limits (heavy enforcement) as well as lots of driveways along the Creston road. The New Denver to Kaslo lost points due to road surface being poor (in places) when the ratings were done (it was good the last time I went across). Destination Highways .com notes this in their book / website. Deer can be a problem along the ND to Kaslo run especially early and late day. I love the town of Kaslo and may retire there someday. I just need to embrace my inner hippy first.


Here is a link to check out: http://www.destinationhighways.com/default.htm
In my books, the Duffy Lake road was a better pavement ride than both of those, but then again I don't run around on a sport bike so pavement condition isn't an issue...
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:42 PM   #19
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Another route just came to mind. East of Kamloops at Monte Creek take Hwy 97 southeast to Vernon, from there east on 6 to Fauquier and Nakusp, then as in post 2 to Kaslo etc. Between Kaslo and Balfour is Ainsworth Hot Springs. Soak in a pool while surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, might even be some scenery in the pool.

I would do this and use it to replace the Alberta Hwy 2 portion unless straight, flat and boring is your thing. The only partially entertaining thing on that stretch of road is if it is windy and you get to watch RV trailers and semis flip over into the ditch.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:15 PM   #20
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I got rid of the gravel, added Buffalo Jump and the section south of Kamloops.

Any favorite places to stay in Jasper, Banff, Kamloops, etc? Anyone stayed at Sask Crossing?







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Old 01-11-2013, 02:37 PM   #21
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Buying a new BMW 1200GS would be cheaper than staying a Sask crossing. When you stop to fill up that might cause a heart attack due to the $$$.

In Japser I always stay at Wapiti Campgrounds. decent price and hot showers and your 8 min to downtown Jasper.
When you look at the map and the camping spots, I pick the spots between A - B to almost the showers/bathroom. Your near the river and each spot is its own little area.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/visit2b.aspx

Kamloops I drive right past and head into Vernon ( I grew up there ).

From Vernon to Nakusp there are lots of spots to camp. About 15 min from Nakusp there IS Mcdoalnd creek park ( http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp.../mcdonald_crk/ ). Your campsite will be right near the shore on Arrow Lake.
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Does not look like you have big mile days planed between Banff and Jasper so I would be more inclined to take Hwy 11 out of the park at Sask river crossing and go ~45 km to stay at David Thompson Resort. You choice of motel, camping or rustic cabins along with one hell of a slide.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #23
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I'd have to agree about Sask River Crossing, expensive everything, lousy cafeteria style food, crowded and busy. On a bike you stop because you have to. The Icefields are worth taking the tour if you have never done that sort of thing before.

http://www.explorerockies.com/columbia-icefield/

Kamloops is just a big city. lots of stay options.

Depending on budget and how you want to stay there are lots of Campgrounds and hotels, resorts all along your route. If your Budget allows here are a couple of places along the route that you may want to spring for a treat. As mentioned the Ainsworth hot Springs are also on your route.

http://www.crmr.com/buffalo/ In Banff. Awesome, but pricey. Outdoor hot-tub, great views(from upper rooms), great rooms, excellent restaurant. Might be affordable sharing the cost. My favorite place in Banff.







http://www.alpinevillagejasper.com/ in Jasper at the south end just outside of town. Pricey as well and book up fast. Very serene setting and well maintained. The river right across the road from the Cabins.

Toadrock campground is also along your route near Ainsworth Hotsprings; http://www.hotnaturally.com/ http://www.toadrockcampground.com/ I have stayed before and it gives you a taste of the hippy lifestyle, Mary (owner) is great.



The city of Nelson is worth a little side trip; http://www.discovernelson.com/htdocs/main.html I stayed at the historic Hume Hotel once, like going back in time. I love the main street downtown, full of bistros, coffee shops etc.

Kaslo is worth a little time to explore rather than just blasting through. The Kaslo hotel has a great deck that overlooks the lake and the food was decent. There are B&Bs as well as the hotel itself. I stayed at the municiple campground when I was there and just walked around town. There is a neat old lake steamer there to check out.







No matter how you do this trip and where you stop. with a little planning you can't help but have a great time along the way. I have done just about every road through the area that you plan to see both paved and gravel and I never tire of the scenery or places and people along the way.



Morraine Lake, Banff



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Old 01-14-2013, 04:21 AM   #24
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You omitted one important thing for trip planning ......

You never mentioned your choice of accommodations for this trip.
Hotel/motels, camping, or a bit of both?
Huge price difference between the two, when staying in Canada!
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Spent a year in Banff and as always I cant wait to get back. These pics make me sick that I ever that I ever
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:46 PM   #26
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Until I discovered the road to Port Alice on Vancouver Island, hwy 6 was my favorite road. Really watch for dear and don't get carried away along there.
+1 on the Port Alice road, incredible tight twisties
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+1 on the Port Alice road, incredible tight twisties
I guess we take that road for granted when we live so close to it...
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:20 PM   #28
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Any favourite places to stay....dynobob
This is one of our favourite places, the Leland Hotel in Nakusp, the oldest hotel in B.C. It's very comfortable, and reasonably priced.



There is a great view from the deck:




I would recommend a reservation during July.

As mentioned, the East Kootenays has some of the best riding in Canada.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:08 AM   #29
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Skip #2 in Alberta for sure. Jasper Parkway is good in either direction, the views will be spectacular. The Trans Canada has some great views thru Rogers Pass. But during summer months there is lots of construction and traffic, especially from Lake Louise to Golden. You could face long delays. If you decide on the views through here I would strongly recommend being on and off the road very early. If Travelling Golden to Kamloops (either direction) being done before noon is strongly advised for your sanity.

Also +1 on the roads between Vernon and the east shore of Kootenay Lake. And an out and back to Mica Dam north of Revelstoke may be interesting as would be a side trip up to Mt Revelstoke Park.

#1 is heavily patrolled at most times in summer.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:01 AM   #30
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Thanks, that could have been ugly.


So you guys like the roads dropping south from Kamloops better than running Rt 1 to Golden than south on 95/93... I'm guessing they would have less traffic?


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The main idea for July / August travel in B.C. is to try to avoid "Rt 1", the Trans Canada Highway, which is mostly 2 lane between Kamloops and Lake Louise, and jammed with tractor - trailers and RV's. While it is certainly scenic, riding it during this time is a frustrating experience. You have already adjusted your route to do this, so you should be fine.
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