Big 5-0 Birthday Canadian Trip

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  1. ghetto johnny

    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    Just throwing it out there if the Borders open next year.
    For my 50th Birthday Next year(July) I'm planing to make a Solo Ride/Trip from Ohio to the Calgary, Kananaskis Country, Banff ,Lake Louise, Alberta Rockies area then into the Golden/Revelstoke B.C. area.
    I have been to the area before and know of several good spots to camp at, scenic attractions and more.
    if anyone is interested along the way and would like to Caravan, you're more than welcome to join.
    By the way, I'll be on a R1200GSA if that even matters,
    Definitely will need your Passport and a Background to be allowed entry, ha ha
    Let me know.
    John
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  2. bikerfish

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    Toad Rock campground on Kootenay lake is a cool place to spend a few nights and explore that area. Really can't go wrong in the canadian rockies, they are simply stunning.
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  3. apexal

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    I've done three hiking/climbing trips to the Canadian Rockies in the past. Flew into Calgary, got a rental can and did car camping and back country camping. The first thing that comes to my mind is GRIZZLY BEARS. Frightening creatures they are. I've done a lot of mountain trips in the west and the Canadian Rockies by far is the most beautiful area in all of North America. If you know the area then you probably need very little from us. I've always wanted to do a trip out there but I traded down to a F850GS, it's just not the workhorse that my 1200's used to be and may not be enough for a trip out west. Good luck with you planning and hopefully Canada is open in 2021 if not later this year.
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    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    Thank you for your response.
    I did almost the same trip except for a whitewater Kayak Festival and Climbing in Revelstoke. Flew into Calgary, rental for 2 weeks, camp at various areas. just sad i didn't get to see more.
    It was in August and we had no Bear encounters at all. i actually just traded up from a DR650 to the R1200GSA, so it'll be a big change especially on the highways.
    where did you do your climbing? i was thinking of bring at least some shoes for bouldering.
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    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the response. I've actually heard of Toad Rock campgrounds from some Riders while I was up there. A few hours from Revelstoke but may be a side trip too.
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    I'm not sure where you would do bouldering in the Canadian Rockies. Most of the rock that I saw was crumbly stuff except for some crags on the north shore of Lake Louise. Our "climbing" was more scrambling and mountaineering. We did attempt "climbs" on Mt Assiniboine, Mt Athabasca and Edit Cavell but never summited. Tough stuff! We did summit some other peaks which were scrambles and if you needed names of the peaks I'd have to do some research.
    My three trips there were all in the first three weeks of September when the crowds subside and the weather cools off.
    On all three trips somebody was attacked by a grizzly in the same time frame that we were there. And we had a grizzly encounter while camped in Assiniboine Provincial Park. The bear came into camp one night and I swear that it was the most frightening things in my whole life. But it's not necessarily about bear encounters, it's just knowing that they are out there which is unnerving. FYI, there's a nice campground in Lake Louise that has an electric fence around it for peace of mind.
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    Toad Rock is a far better destination than Revelstoke
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    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    most of my Climbing/Bouldering was done in Revelstoke B.C, we also did go to Takakkaw Falls Waterfall located in Yoho National Park.
    The rest of trip was mostly Whitewater Kayaking, Hiking and Sightseeing.
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    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    Any Canadian Riders can give any Updates on Border Crossings from the U.S.?
    I'm in Ohio and would like to do an Ontario Trip soon for a shakedown run before the Summer Calgary/Banff/ Revelstoke Trip.
    Thanks.
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    Border's still closed to non-essential travel, both ways.
    Maybe some light at the end of the tunnel after vaccinations completed?
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    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the Info.
    Fingers Crossed. ha ha
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    Somewhat related: In my todays KY newspaper a 40 yr old Walton, KY MC rider was found dead at the base of a 450' cliff at the Grand Canyon. His MC was found at the top of the cliff view point.
    It further stated that he'd been previously charged by the Canadian government with crossing the border illegally during covid last year and had been assessed $750,000 in fines. It also said that he had claimed he was in AK and crossing back into the USA legally as allowed.
    Last visit of ours was in summer of 2019 and it took us 3 hours to be "inspected into Canada", PU truck & RV trailer on a fishing trip. Are there really that many 77 year olds who deal in drugs across that border? :D Really messed up our travel day time factor.
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    ghetto johnny Been here awhile

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    looks like the Border wont be opening anytime soon.
    guess i'm looking for other options for for my 50th BDAY Trip.
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