Banff to Kananaskis to Whiteswan Lake - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Camping | Places, Gear and Planning > Trips and Travel Planning
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-27-2015, 01:40 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Bobbito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Surrey, British Columbia
Trailer: 2015 Escape 21
Posts: 549
Banff to Kananaskis to Whiteswan Lake

In mid-July we took our May 2015 Escape 21 to Peter Lougheed Park in Kananaskis, Alberta, stopping on the way to enjoy the scenic Bow River Valley Parkway. In Peter Lougheed we saw a grizzly, fortunately from the safety of our truck, as well as mountain sheep and deer.

After several days touring the area with friends, we drove about 5 hours back through Banff, down past Radium and Fairmont Hotsprings, then east to Canal Flats, where we took the gravel road to Whiteswan Lake and Lussier Hotsprings. At this point we were on the west and opposite side of the Rockies from Kananaskis, and about 80 kilometres further south. I took a Hyperlapse video of the road in, speeding up the few kilometres of the journey that traverse the steep canyon with a reputation for giving passengers on the right side of the vehicle a thrill. Note that the video was shot with an iPhone, so the video is wide angle so trees and peaks appear smaller than they really were. The vehicles on the right at the end of the video are parked at Lussier Hot Springs. About 10 km further in, at Home Basin Campground on Whiteswan, we pulled into the last campsite with a view of the lake and RIGHT BESIDE ANOTHER ESCAPE! Through touring each other’s trailer and a few more chats we got to know Rob and Yvonne from Cranbrook, BC, owners of a 2011 Escape 17B.

Bob K
Attached Images
Attached Files
__________________

Bobbito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 01:42 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Bobbito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Surrey, British Columbia
Trailer: 2015 Escape 21
Posts: 549
More pics...

Along the Bow River Valley Parkway.
Attached Images
__________________

Bobbito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 01:44 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Bobbito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Surrey, British Columbia
Trailer: 2015 Escape 21
Posts: 549
Kananaskis

More pics.
Attached Images
Bobbito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 01:46 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Bobbito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Surrey, British Columbia
Trailer: 2015 Escape 21
Posts: 549
Whiteswan Lake/Lussier Hotsprings

On arrival at Whiteswan we learned that the rainbow trout population was much diminished, due to resident trout disappearing into the river via a spawning channel (unable to get back to lake) and no fish stocking for 7-8 years. So fishing was tough for all, but we did manage to catch one decent fish and play a couple of big ones that threw our barbless hooks. The Sport Fishing On The Fly episode that drew us to this lake was apparently 4 years old and before the fish stocks were depleted. The gorgeous scenery and nice neighbours made up for the mediocre fishing.
Attached Images
Bobbito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 01:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,739
Took me a few minutes to recover from the video. Nice still pix.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 02:04 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
amirie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: 2008 17B Escape
Posts: 706
yeah me too, I don't like those kind of roads especially on the passenger side!!

But it did look like a nice trip...
__________________
Anna-Marie
amirie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 10:02 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Canmore, Alberta
Trailer: 2015 Escape 19
Posts: 47
Thanks for the great video, pics and description of Whiteswan PP. Diana & I have thought about going there later this summer. Your info has made it a "must do".

Eric
etuna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 11:56 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Trailer: 2012 Escape 17B, 2011 Ranger FX4
Posts: 160
Thanks for the pics -- and the memories. Whiteswan is a very beautiful place, we used to camp there lots when we lived in Kimberley decades ago. One particular memory stands out -- on a particularly baking hot camping weekend (we were in our 70's Westfalia, and were either the only people in the park or one of very few!), we decided to sleep on the swimming raft -- with our two girls who were around 5 & 7 or so. We waded out to the raft, carrying sleeping pads & bags over our heads, and unrolled them on the wooden decking. Wendy lay awake for a long time worrying about the girls rolling over in the night and off the raft, so we positioned ourselves on the outboard sides -- only to have Wendy still lay awake for ages worrying about HER rolling over and into the water! But eventually we all ended up having a great sleep, cool, bugless, and with the lake breezes refreshing us! And an amazing awakening the next morning.

Video won't play on my iPad, looking forward to having a chance to see it once I get back to a regular computer.
__________________
Lotar & Wendy
"Sit loosely in the saddle of life" (Robert Louis Stevenson)
maurerl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 12:02 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Trailer: 2012 Escape 17B, 2011 Ranger FX4
Posts: 160
Thanks for the pics -- and the memories. Whiteswan is a very beautiful place, we used to camp there lots when we lived in Kimberley decades ago. One particular memory stands out -- on a particularly baking hot camping weekend (we were in our 70's Westfalia, and were either the only people in the park or one of very few!), we decided to sleep on the swimming raft -- with our two girls who were around 5 & 7 or so. We waded out to the raft, carrying sleeping pads & bags over our heads, and unrolled them on the wooden decking. Wendy lay awake for a long time worrying about the girls rolling over in the night and off the raft, so we positioned ourselves on the outboard sides -- only to have Wendy still lay awake for ages worrying about HER rolling over and into the water! But eventually we all ended up having a great sleep, cool, bugless, and with the lake breezes refreshing us! And an amazing awakening the next morning.

Video won't play on my iPad, looking forward to having a chance to see it once I get back to a regular computer.
__________________
Lotar & Wendy
"Sit loosely in the saddle of life" (Robert Louis Stevenson)
maurerl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 04:25 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Dave Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19 & 15B
Posts: 1,873
Great timing on your post. We are currently staying at Redstreak CG in Radium and went up to Lussier Hotsprings this morning for a dip. We were last here about five years ago. Hotsprings were very busy today. Will be back in about a month when we paddle the Kootenay River on our labour day whitewater canoe trip. Looking forward to relaxing in the Hotsprings at the end of each day of paddling.
__________________

__________________
2013-19' & 2013-15B {avg is two 17's}, towed by 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

"It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." - 1907, Maurice Switzer
Dave Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.