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Old 01-11-2013, 02:42 PM   #16
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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, 03:15 PM   #17
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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, 03:37 PM   #18
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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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Old 01-12-2013, 12:12 AM   #19
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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 01-14-2013, 05:21 AM   #20
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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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Old 01-14-2013, 06:57 PM   #21
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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, 07:46 PM   #22
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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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Old 01-14-2013, 10:21 PM   #23
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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, 11:20 PM   #24
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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, 06:08 AM   #25
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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, 11:01 AM   #26
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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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Old 01-15-2013, 01:52 PM   #27
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skip Calgary

Skip the Calgary loop and fit in some route to get through Nakusp and Creston. Not much in Sask Crossing; but food and fuel but behind the motel is quiet and ok for picnic lunch. Everything in Jasper is EXPENSIVE, better to stay over in Valemont and it's just on the other side of the mountains. There's and awesome hostel, HI Athabasca, that's inexpensive and better than camping in wet or cold and very accommodating. It's just south of Jasper and where I stayed over 2 nights waiting for weather to improve. Read my blog windtogo.wordpress.com and contact me for more info if you wish.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:56 PM   #28
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Thanks a million guys, will look at Nakusp and Valemont...

Yes, I should have said we are looking for hotels. Reasonable priced as is possible but we will splurge a few nights (Prince of Wales, etc). This is a "bucket list" trip after all. Not afraid to camp, spent two weeks in Silverton and Moab in Sept camping w/ Dad. One night out on the White Rim Trail. However, will have a "non-camper" pillion on this trip.








A friend is saying that Kelowna should not be missed? That would take me farther south than the recommended route though.

This is my current thinking on route. Might adjust for the right lodging options.

Day One.........Lebanon to Jackson MN.... 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 Buffalo Jump to Longview, Alb ..... 217 miles
Day Seven.......Longview to Lake Louise..... 164 miles
Day Eight.........Lane Louise to Jasper..... 146 miles
Day Nine..........Jasper to Kamloops.... 275 miles
Day Ten...........Kamloops to Ainsworth Hot Springs.... 264 miles
Day Eleven.......Ainsworth to Prince of Wales Hotel..... 291 miles
Day Twelve.......Prince Wales to Seeley Lake, Mont.... 233 miles
Day Thirteen.....Seeley Lake to Gardiner, Mont... 275 miles
Day Fourteen....Gardiner to Beartooth Pass to Billings.... 180 miles
Day Fourteen....Billings to Jackson MN.... 801 miles
Day Fifteen.......Jackson MN to Home... 792 miles
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5719 miles





Thanks again guys for sharing your knowledge!!!


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Old 01-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #29
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Kelowna not to be missed? Really?
Just another urban sprawl. Not worth the detour. IMHO
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:44 AM   #30
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Kelowna

Is definitely worth it but not the city but the Okanagan all around it is some of the most scenic in BC. Cross the Canada/US border at Ossoyos and head staight north on # 97. Before Kelowna you can take Westside Rd and avoid the city and come out just north of Vernon. From there head south and take # 6 west towards the Kootneys and then south through Kaslo, Nelson, free ferry ride to Crawford Bay and south to Creston. This is some of the nicest riding in BC. All paved though but all seconday roads except for 97. Stay away from Banff and Jasper, all tourist traps.
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