Canadian Rockies route advice?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by DYNOBOB, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. G-Mac

    G-Mac Been here awhile

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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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  2. rusty43

    rusty43 cruzincariboucountry

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    +1 on the Port Alice road, incredible tight twisties
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  3. gunnerbuck

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    I guess we take that road for granted when we live so close to it...
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  4. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    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.

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    I would recommend a reservation during July.

    As mentioned, the East Kootenays has some of the best riding in Canada.
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  5. norther

    norther Mind=Yes Body=No

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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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  6. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Bob:

    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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  7. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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    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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  8. DYNOBOB

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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.

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    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


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    Thanks again guys for sharing your knowledge!!!


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  9. 250senuf

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    Kelowna not to be missed? Really?
    Just another urban sprawl. Not worth the detour. IMHO
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  10. RED CAT

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    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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  11. 568V8

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    While you're in BC and not all that far from Kamloops ..... hwy # 99 from Pemerton to Lillooet is worth some backtracking. INMHO it's one of the best roads that I've ridden and worth riding both ways.
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  12. Rinty

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    Bob:

    You're current planned route: Vernon, Fauquier, Nakusp is one of the better rides in B.C. I wouldn't worry about going further south than Vernon, on this trip.

    Watch out for radar at Burton, north of Fauquier.

    Also, a fuelling tip: in your Kananaskis Valley section, you can get regular octane fuel at Highwood House, at the south end of Highway 40, if you don't mind driving a few hundred yards of gravel, and also at the junction of Fortress Ski Area Road and Highway 40, where they have high octane. But your best bet is to top up at Longview.
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  13. norther

    norther Mind=Yes Body=No

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    Im not sure what Longview has for accommodation. You may need to look at that or consider Black Diamond - Turner Valley.
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  14. Brunssd

    Brunssd Potemkin villager

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    Likewise, I wouldn't worry about going south of Vernon either but for the 45 mile long gem called Westside Road that runs mostly along the cliff on the west side of Okanagan Lake. It is accessed near Spallumcheen on the highway between Kamloops and Vernon. If you are coming from Kamloops and you see O'Keefe Ranch on one side and a golf course on the other, you've just passed it.

    And don't worry about making it a down and back on the same road, you'll want to ride it twice. There's plenty to see but you better hurry before they straighten the damn thing out.

    No need to go into Kelowna/West Kelowna as others have said. It's just more North Generica. :1drink
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  15. DYNOBOB

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    Is Westside paved?



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  16. Fatallybitten

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    One of the attractions of the area, apart from some good roads, is the wine region. Some of Canada's best wineries are in the Kelowna to Penticton to Osoyoos region. Just have to take the time to stop and enjoy. Also need to arrange alternate transportation post an afternoon of wine tasting! Still, a great day can be had by riding the roads in the morning and booking a wine tasting tour in the afternoon. You can even reserve a room at Burrowing Owl Winery:

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    Here are some of the views from the area:

    Looking south toward Osoyoos, which is beyond the bluff.
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    Looking north toward Penticton
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    Looking south toward Penticton from the Naramata Bench
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    As for the rest of your routing, I agree with all the comments on Revelstoke to Nakusp, New Denver, etc. Fabulous MC roads. Maybe not quite as majestic as the Icefields Parkway, but close.

    Enjoy the trip!

    David
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  17. DYNOBOB

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    WOW! Looks like Europe.



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  18. norther

    norther Mind=Yes Body=No

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    What are you riding? A decent route might be the Kettle Valley Railway (abandoned rail bed) between Kelowna and Penticton. Its not real technical at all, has railroad grades, and presents a beautiful view of the Okanagan. Plus you come out on the Naramata bench and can go straight to a winery.
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  19. jasonmt

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    I am sure lots of us would have suggested different routing if there was gravel involved.
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  20. DYNOBOB

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