Canadian Rockies route advice?

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  1. DYNOBOB

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    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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  2. 250senuf

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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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    Here is highway #5 near Clearwater :D
    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 :cry
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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. :evil


    I just noticed 250senuf's post. Same route, awesome.
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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 :cry).


    Thanks!


    Hmmmm... two people recommend the same route

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  6. 250senuf

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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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    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 :lol3
    Don't feel bad if you miss some becuase your always welcome to come back to ride here again :clap
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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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    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/motorcycle-roads/motorbike-rides-in-canada-/canada-__3216.html
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  12. RockyDS

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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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    You guys rock! :strum

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



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    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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    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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  17. DYNOBOB

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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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    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/explore/parkpgs/mcdonald_crk/ ). Your campsite will be right near the shore on Arrow Lake.
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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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    You never mentioned your choice of accommodations for this trip. :ear
    Hotel/motels, camping, or a bit of both?
    Huge price difference between the two, when staying in Canada! :eek1
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