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Old 03-17-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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What to see in Alberta and British-Colombia?

Hi all,

I'm planning a trip to the mountain in Alberta and British-Colombia next year. What are "must see" thing in this area?

I'm looking for nice scenic trail and gravel road. I ride a super tenere and I plan to switch to a set of knobby when I reach Alberta. When is the best time of the year to get there? I think you got snow until june in the rookies?

I'm looking for some to, I think it could be a good start, whatt do you think? http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/shop...ex&cPath=67_73

Thanks!

I'm from Quebec, so pardon me my poor english
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Check out the Calgarians that dual sport thread, and they will help you out with lots of info...

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Hi all,

I'm planning a trip to the mountain in Alberta and British-Colombia next year. What are "must see" thing in this area?

I'm looking for nice scenic trail and gravel road. I ride a super tenere and I plan to switch to a set of knobby when I reach Alberta. When is the best time of the year to get there? I think you got snow until june in the rookies?

I'm looking for some to, I think it could be a good start, whatt do you think? http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/shop...ex&cPath=67_73

Thanks!

I'm from Quebec, so pardon me my poor english

The TCAT has some big bike friendly gravel routes through Alberta and B.C., here is a couple links:

http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...ries-1&catid=1

http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...at-bc1&catid=1
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:17 AM   #4
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The TCAT has some big bike friendly gravel routes through Alberta and B.C., here is a couple links:

http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...ries-1&catid=1

http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...at-bc1&catid=1
Thanks, that's what I'm looking for! But it look like their gps file are not working, maybe I missed something?
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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Lots of info

Another great resource is : http://www.dualsportmaps.com/

You will need to sign up (free) and then you can drag a box over any area of the world you are looking for gpx files and they will all come up. I have posted lots in the area you are looking for. Most are gravel routes with lots of great scenery. The southern Trunk road from west of Longview to Hwy 3 in the south is great. Lots of good gravel all the way to Waterton National Park which is a must if you have never been there. Spray Lakes/ Dorian road is another picturesque route north out of Canmore. Powderface trail west of Bragg Creek, etc. A Backroad map is a great resource as well in planning a route around here.


Here are a few threads to check out:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=814948

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810871

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=714823
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:31 AM   #6
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Thanks, that's what I'm looking for! But it look like their gps file are not working, maybe I missed something?
Did you try clicking on the shop button to access the free GPS files?

http://graveltravel.ca/index.php?opt...hk=1&Itemid=59
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:54 AM   #7
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Just a few....Telegraph Creek, Cassier Highway, Salmon Glacier, Hyder/Stewart....if you go further north into the Yukon, Watson lake, Dawson City, The Dempster Highway....then back down the Alaskian Highway, then down the Icefield Parkway.....Banff, Jasper.......The Kooteneys, Kaslow, Nelson.....the list is somewhat endless........it's all good.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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Thanks a lot guys!

That's very helpfull.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:19 PM   #9
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Living in Edmonton, Alberta interests me riding-wise is only because BC is next door.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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Check out Cassiar. I lived there until 1992, when the town of 45 years was shut down, buidlings sold, moved and all the rest bulldozed. I've always wanted to go back.

the stewart/Cassiar highway is quite fun to ride, and Boya Lake provincial campground is like a postcard.

check out Liard hotsprings in BC
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:28 PM   #11
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powderface trail

That is one of the classic trails close to calgary that can be done on a big bike. And somebody saw 2 couples filming a home movie there once, so it could happen again.




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Old 03-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #12
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Any gps track for this one?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:28 PM   #13
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powderface trail gpx track

It is on dualsportmaps.com and is called "powder face - sibbald"

Or PM me and I will email it to you.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:49 AM   #14
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Re: Liard Hot Springs

A word of caution. This place has a gazillion mosquitoes, due to the topography where the run off from the hot springs flows out into a marshy area all the way to the campground. We were there in August last year for one night and it was brutal, especially right at dusk. We were prepared for the little buggers with net hats and gloves, but they were so bad we had to take refuge in our tents and wait until after 10:00 pm to cook our dinner and start a fire. Even at that hour we had a bunch of them follow us into our tents when we retired for the night (probably attracted by the headlamps) and then had them buzzing around our heads all night as we tried unsuccessfully to swat them. It was a sleepless night. Then in the morning it was another gong show as we packed up while the mosquitoes swarmed us again. We will give Liard a pass when we head back up the Alaska Highway this year. If you do want to enjoy the hot springs my advice would be to have your soak, then find a spot a few kms down the road to set up camp rather than stay at the campground. Cheers, David
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:36 AM   #15
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Calgary to crows nest pass via the 940, then hw 3 to bull river fsr, whites swan hotsprings for the night, then grey creek pass, to kaslo. Maybe pick up the tcat or my recommendation would be the kettle valley railway. That should give you something to think about till it warms up. Mid July to late September, even June can be sketchy up high. Always bring warm clothes in the mountains.
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