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Dream Chasers

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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2017, 02:18:52 pm »
We made reservations all along the southern states, California, Oregon and Seattle on our way to Alaska.  Sheryl really likes to be guaranteed a spot when we pull in. We have never done a trip like this and wanted to eliminate as many unknowns as possible. Also we are leaving Florida at the beginning of February and traveling through all of the snowbird states and especially needed a reservation in Phoenix for Cubs Spring Training.

But we are now sort of "stuck" in Seattle on May 15th. Do we need reservations for traveling through British Columbia and onto Anchorage? Or since so early in the season it isn't necessary? For this part of the journey, we really want to wing it as much as possible so we can stay somewhere as long as we want and not have a schedule. We have allowed ourselves from May 15th to July 2nd  to go from Seattle to Anchorage and back through Alberta to Glacier National Park.

Also when entering Canada we will be required to give a specific location? Or, can we just say traveling through?
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2017, 04:47:22 pm »

Also when entering Canada we will be required to give a specific location? Or, can we just say traveling through?

The most I've ever been asked when entering Canada is a general question about our plans for our visit.  No one cares where you spend your time while you're there.
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2017, 05:42:16 pm »
    Now that is unlike when we Canadians enter the US, they ask for an address, and often a phone number.  The year we went to Yuma, we were given a hard time since we were travelling from the east coast, spending a month to get there, they were not happy that we didn't have a specific location to tell them for that month of travelling.  He grudgingly let us pass through.

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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2017, 06:17:39 pm »
The Canadians always look at my big pickup with Texas plates and start quizzing me about whether or not I have a gun on board.
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2017, 06:20:02 pm »
    Now that is unlike when we Canadians enter the US, they ask for an address, and often a phone number.  The year we went to Yuma, we were given a hard time since we were travelling from the east coast, spending a month to get there, they were not happy that we didn't have a specific location to tell them for that month of travelling.  He grudgingly let us pass through.

Ed

Don't feel badly; we usually get more hassle coming back into the US than we ever get entering Canada. 
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2017, 06:35:43 pm »
Don't feel badly; we usually get more hassle coming back into the US than we ever get entering Canada. 

We were pulled over for a secondary inspection coming back from Campobello Island, an American Canadian joint national park.  As far as I know, there's only one way in by car and one way out.  The guy checked our car like he was looking for drugs.  Couldn't believe it.  Actually started thinking the guy might be up to something.  Other than that, maybe he was just bored.  But seriously, Campobello Island, (what the heck).  US Border Patrol..., maybe Trump will privatize it.  Let the Canadians do it.  Entering Canada has alway been a pleasant experience.  Border patrol are very helpful and actually smile when they greet you. 
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Hfx_Cdn

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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2017, 07:04:24 pm »
    Actually Gary, the bridge crosses between New Brunswick and Maine, but there is a car ferry that takes you from Campobello to Deer Island, NB and another to the mainland, Donna and I have gone that way to visit an old University buddy on Deer Island.

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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2017, 07:20:21 pm »
You lost me Ed.  Are you saying the Campobello is part of New Brunswick.  I'm only aware of one bridge to the island.  And that one is located in Lubec, Maine. 
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2017, 07:52:08 pm »
Are you saying the Campobello is part of New Brunswick.

Yes, it's in Canada and always has been
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2017, 08:10:12 pm »
Thanks for the reassurances about the border crossing. Can you please advise if we should worry about having reservations or not in Canada and Alaska for late May and all of June? We are thinking that it shouldn't be a problem finding spaces as it is early in the season.
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2017, 08:17:33 pm »
    We traveled through southern Alberta, up through Banff & Jasper, over to Edmonton then east in early June with no difficulty.  However, this is Canada's 150 anniversary, there are a lot of celebrations and specials going on everywhere, so without local town knowledge, it is impossible to answer your question.  I would expect that you wouldn't have a problem, but I don't know.

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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2017, 12:09:59 am »
Stovepipe wells is not run by the main concessionair like furnace creek is. I think its a private company that owns/runs it. That is why you received a discount....right??
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2017, 09:17:32 pm »
Stovepipe wells is not run by the main concessionair like furnace creek is. I think its a private company that owns/runs it. That is why you received a discount....right??

That doesn't explain why we received a discount at Colter Bay which, I believe, is run by Xanterra, the main park concessionaire. 
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2017, 03:47:11 am »
That doesn't explain why we received a discount at Colter Bay which, I believe, is run by Xanterra, the main park concessionaire.
The RV park or the campground?
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2017, 04:47:26 am »
The Grand Teton Lodge Company run the parks, once in website  (link below) click Learn More and this shows discounts available. Mostly for Golden Age or Golden Access.


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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2017, 04:56:09 am »
They do give a small discount to pass holders but not 50%. With the discount it is still overpriced.
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2017, 05:14:48 am »
They do give a small discount to pass holders but not 50%. With the discount it is still overpriced.

Good morning Tom  ;D

Yes it is still pricey, but we didnt grudge it as we loved the location and being out in the wilderness  (Gros Ventre) and you can only stay for a few weeks at a time anyhow. Wouldn't want to spend that much every night. Although if you only go out a few weeks a year I guess it's acceptable.

Not sure there are many free spots around there but I suppose I should really look!

Have a lovely day, hope it's a but warmer and you're back in your shorts.  8)
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2017, 05:19:05 am »
It is 46 degrees here now. I used to stay at the Colter Bay Campground for free.
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2017, 05:29:19 am »
It is 46 degrees here now. I used to stay at the Colter Bay Campground for free.

Brrrr. Lucky you! Wonderful place, high up on my list, tough to pick a favourite and nother sure I could.  ;D
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #49 on: January 11, 2017, 03:29:09 pm »
They do give a small discount to pass holders but not 50%. With the discount it is still overpriced.

As real estate agents always say "location, location, location!"  Colter Bay is a great location from which to explore the Tetons.  Being able to walk to Jackson Lake for ranger talks, etc, is IMHO well worth the cost.  We would have stayed regardless of whether or not there was a discount.
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Re: Reservations or not??
« Reply #50 on: January 11, 2017, 03:41:16 pm »
As real estate agents always say "location, location, location!"  Colter Bay is a great location from which to explore the Tetons.  Being able to walk to Jackson Lake for ranger talks, etc, is IMHO well worth the cost.  We would have stayed regardless of whether or not there was a discount.
It is also close to every other cool thing in the park. The Native American Museum, the Visitors Center, Oxbow Bend, and Signal Mountain.
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