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Old 01-10-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Canadian Rockies route advice?

Hi all,

We're planning a northern Rockies road trip for this July. We'll begin south of Lewis and Clark NF, tour Glacier taking Going to the Sun, and then north to Banff on Rt 6 and 40. From Banff on to Jasper.

One question is should we retrace our route south from Jasper or go west on 16 and south on 5 to Kamloops and then east back to Lake Louise? How scenic is 5 from Tete Jaune Cache to Kamloops compared to seeing the Icefields Pky twice?

I'm also thinking about going from Kamloops to Golden, then south on 95/93 instead of continuing east to Lake Louise/Calgary and then south. Rt 93 thru Kootenay NP also looks nice?

I'd welcome your local knowledge/experience...


This is my loose plan at the moment. I'm trying to give myself short days where there's a lot to see.

Day One....... Cincinnati to Jackson, Minnesota.................... 792 miles
Day Two....... Jackson to Billings.......................................... 801 miles
Day Three..... Billings to Great Falls..................................... 237 miles
Day Four....... Great Falls to Glacier Park Lodge................... 138 miles
Day Five....... Glacier Park Lodge to Rising Sun Motor Lodge... 100 miles
Day Six......... Rising Sun to Banff......................................... 265 miles
Day Seven..... Banff to Saskatchewan Crossing....................... 85 miles
Day Eight...... Sask Cross to Jasper....................................... 96 miles
Day Nine....... Jasper to Kamloops......................................... 275 miles
Day Ten......... Kamloops to Lake Louise................................. 271 miles
Day Eleven.... Lk Louise to Calgary to Many Glaciers............... 291 miles
Day Twelve.... Many Glaciers to Choteau MT............................ 209 miles
Day Thirteen.. Choteau to Billings.......................................... . 290 miles
Day Fourteen. Billings to Jackson MN..................................... 801 miles
Day Fifteen.... Jackson MN to Home....................................... 792 miles
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5439 miles



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Old 01-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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Skip Hwy 2 in Alberta, take 6 and 40 North. On the return, from Kamloops go to Revelstoke then head south on 23 to Nakusp, then 6 to New Denver, east on 31A to Kaslo (not to be missed), south to Balfour, there catch the free ferry to the east side of Kootenay Lake, south to Creston, then 3 east to your green line. Note: in BC if one should get caught going 40kph (25mph) over the posted limit the vehicle is subject to impound. Some of the route will cause the right wrist to twist.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Here is highway #5 near Clearwater
Despite that little issue the highway is lame compared to the Icefields Highway BUT it is a necessary evil to get you to the Kamloops to Golden route which is nice......the biggest issue will be traffic of the tourist kind
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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South from Revelstoke to Nakusp, New Denver to Kaslo then Balfour ferry to 3A, Creston. This is a route not to be missed in my opinion.

P.S. while waiting for the Balfour ferry look for the bakery and have a cinnamon bun.


I just noticed 250senuf's post. Same route, awesome.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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I should add, I'll be two up on the Goldwing and Dad will be on a FJR1300, if that affects your route advice (ie. no gravel this trip ).


Thanks!


Hmmmm... two people recommend the same route

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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I see your route shows you connecting from hwy 40 to hwy 3. That section, east of hwy 22 is the 940, and is all gravel. Considering your bikes, I would use hwy 22 instead.
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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Hwy 6 Vernon to Fauquier lots of twisties, likewise 31A New Denver to Kaslo. Fauquier - Nakusp - New Denver slightly less twisty. Riders paradise. Traffic much lighter than sticking to Hwy 1.
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ANNNNND now starts your problem ..... that is trying to ride all the awesome roads here is western canada in one trip
Don't feel bad if you miss some becuase your always welcome to come back to ride here again
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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 route the guys are suggesting from Revelstoke south thru New Denver, east to Kaslo, across the Balfour ferry and south along the lake to Creston is some of the finest motorcycle roads in southern BC. You'd regret NOT doing it! ... it's that good - seriously. Big thumbs up on the Ainsworth Hotsprings experience too.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #11
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I'm trying to give myself short days where there's a lot to see.
I can't add too much to this but here's my $0.02

You'll be close to a Unesco World Heritage Site- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump http://history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/default.aspx
Highly recommended. Then I'd head north on 22- some pretty fast sweepers on the south end- you'll have fun on those bikes. Turn left at Longview to hit 40 and go through the Kananaskis Trail. This is one of my favorite rides.

Have you seen this website? http://www.bestbikingroads.com/motor...da-__3216.html
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Hwy 22 as Lycan1 suggested otherwise you've got a great route. In that neck of the woods, you cannot go wrong to be honest.
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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
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You guys rock!

Have heard of Buffalo Jump, didn't realized we would be so close.



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Old 01-11-2013, 09:39 AM   #15
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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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