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Old 02-09-2014, 07:10 PM   #21
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In central Alberta in the summer, I don't think anyone would consider leaving windows open in a house without screens, due to mosquitoes; however, the number of mosquitoes varies greatly by location and even week-to-week, depending on available open still water for breeding. I find all the other bugs irrelevant compared to the mosquitoes.

Baglo has a good point: each of these two provinces has a wide range of very dissimilar geographic areas, from desert to rainforest, flat prairie to high mountains, open grasslands to dense forest...
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:36 PM   #22
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The area I'm most concerned about is the hot springs, Yoho, Glacier, Waterton and Kootenay
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:54 PM   #23
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In parts of Oregon, we have mosquitoes that are big enough to haul off small pets and children! However, mosquitoes don't fly if there's a breeze. We hope to always have a bit of wind at the Oregon Gathering for this very reason. I have several "clamp" fans, those with about a 6" diameter blades. You only need to move the air, not create a hurricane to keep mosquitoes away.

I've never needed a screen room in Oregon as long as I've got a fan or two going. YMMV
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:06 PM   #24
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Thanks for the reminder Donna!
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:00 PM   #25
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The Rockies and Kootenay mountains are quite steep, fast moving creeks and rivers, and little flatland with standing /stagnant water. Therefore very few bugs. Not to say there aren't any...but throw another log on the fire and get a bit of smoke, and you'll be okay.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:33 PM   #26
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We live in the southern part of the Columbia valley( East Kootenays) Black flies don't seem to be much of a problem. Last year was a bad wasp year which is unusual. I have been bitten by noseeums when camping near stagnant water,(had 200+ bites a few years ago camping near a marshy area in the Purcell mountain range)but in most areas they aren't a problem. Mosquitoes can be bad depending on how wet our spring is. Nothing that some good bug repellent won't take care of. The problem I had with noseeums is not feeling them biting until too late, and then the wounds get worse over the next few days. We always carry a Benadryl dobber in the trailer to relieve any bug bites. Good luck with the plans.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:47 PM   #27
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We were camping in Jasper one summer and the mosquitoes were not bad in the camp site and the town areas. Went for a hike into an area west on Hwy 16 where there are a couple of small lakes and the mosquitoes ate us alive.

A similar thing happened the next summer on a bike ride we went on in Jasper. Unfortunately we got into a flatter wet area and once again the mosquitoes came out for a feast. There was no escape except to keep peddling until we could get back out into the open where it was drier and no mosquitoes, or very few.

We do love Jasper and keep going back there and deal with mosquitoes, if present, when we get there. The same mosquito conditions can happen in most areas of BC and Alberta.

As previously noted in other posts, it all depends on the timing and weather conditions. No guarantees on mosquito populations during the summer.

There are far less mosquito issues along the BC coast probably because of the salt water and winds. Inland it can be a test of endurance at times if you hit the hatches at the wrong/right time!
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:20 PM   #28
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I notice that Redstreak Campground in Kootenay takes reservations. Are there some months where reservations wouldn't be necessary -- May or June, or September?
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I notice that Redstreak Campground in Kootenay takes reservations. Are there some months where reservations wouldn't be necessary -- May or June, or September?
Reservations are usually only needed for the May long weekend ( 3 monday in May ) and then July and August . They could get quite full that last week of June , but that may depend on the day school is out .
Actually have never known them to be completely full , it is a very large park , it is the choice spots with full hook-ups in the F and H sections that usually fill up when they are very busy .
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:42 PM   #30
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Thanks Gabeck. I'm trying to coordinate lots of family and don't know our exact dates. Besides that we always like to be able to get there when we get there.

Does anyone have a favorite spot to camp there?
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