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mso

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Banaff and Jasper NP
« on: October 22, 2018, 09:06:22 AM »
We’re planning on making our first trip to Canada this summer and looking at routes.  Heading north slowly in June from San Diego, CA.  Right now looks like will be heading into Canada via Central WA Hwy 97.  Kelowana stop?  Then Ravelstoke into Banaff from the west.  Anyone recommend this route?  Or should we head east and head north out of Sandpoint, ID?  Concerned July /August is crazy busy so reservations would be a must.  We’ve but off going to the CR because of the crowds but I guess there is no way around it.  This year September in NW Montana was crazy busy. 

Hfx_Cdn

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Re: Banaff and Jasper NP
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 10:22:28 AM »
    Kelowna to Banff via Revelstoke is on HWY 1, which is the Trans-Canada Highway.  We haven't been on that section, but it should be good road with limited grades.  The road between Banff and Jasper is predominantly down a river valley with only one steep grade heading north, but there are pull offs with scenic look offs. 

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Roy M

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Re: Banaff and Jasper NP
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 10:32:15 AM »
You have picked a very scenic route, the highways are good although very busy. Okanagan Lake Provincial Park offers a spectacular view of the lake but no hookups, full service campgrounds available along the route. 97 meets the TCH at Sicamous, there is one major pull east of Revelstoke but won't present any problems provided you don't try to push. Watch your speed, gear down and spare the brakes coming off Rogers Pass summit, it is a long grade. Wave when you go by my front door. ;D

Sprucegum

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Re: Banaff and Jasper NP
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2018, 01:43:39 PM »
I advise you to make reservations if traveling through during July or August, it seems to get busier every year.
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Re: Banaff and Jasper NP
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2018, 04:44:33 PM »
There are great campgrounds at both parks.  The Whistler (Jasper) and Tunnel Mountain (Banff) CG"s have full hookup sites, if that's what you're interested in.  Those have to be reserved very early, like on the day that reservations start at Parks Canada.  My suggestion is to familiarize yourself with the Parks website before the day that reservations are accepted. That way you can create an account and be all ready to get online early that morning.  I'm not joking; the better sites go very fast.

There's lots to see and do around both parks.  Be sure and visit the Columbia Ice Fields which are sort of mid-way between the two.  And, of course, Lake Louise is a must see.
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