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Old 02-01-2015, 01:30 AM   #1
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If we were to go to the Banff Jasper area and then we were heading back east, would Calgary to Regina be a good route and what would we see, and then say, Regina to Lake Manitoba area. Those are not mountainous routes, are they?

Are there particular good places to see along such a route? Don't know if we should just drop down into the U.S. For some highlights there instead. Probably won't be in Canada much after that and can likely see those U.S. Areas later if there are some great Canadian things to see on that route.
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Stop in Lethbridge, Ab an UNESCO site where "Head smashed in Buffalo jump " is located. Yes southern Alberta and east are relatively flat compared to British Columbia.
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The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta is not to be missed. One of the best designed museums anywhere. It is about 80 miles northeast of Calgary. Just a little way west of the Museum is the Dinosaur Trail RV Resort. A really nice RV Park along the Red Deer River.

Here is the URL of our blog entry from 2008 when we stopped there for a few days: BirdingRVers: Royal Tyrrell Museum – Drumheller, Alberta

I wrote at the time " we started our trip across Saskatchewan and Manitoba; day after day of flat or rolling farms."

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From Calgary east it's pretty much flat and Hwy. #1 is divided until you get to the Ontario border. The prairie certainly has a beauty all it's own and we love living here. One scenic drive is east of Regina in the Qu'Appelle Valley. We go that way every chance we get. We usually take 2 days to drive the 14 or so hours from Calgary to Winnipeg with no trailer but it is doable in one very long day.

Once you hit Ontario, the highway becomes single lane, the speed limit drops to 90Km/h and it's very twisty with rock outcrops. Also very beautiful. The route around the north shore of Lake Superior is not to be missed.
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Try staying off the trans canada and you'll see the real Canadian prairie. Lots of paved 2 lanes are excellent for towing. Drumheller dinosaur museum as said in and earlier post is an absolute must as well is a tour of the nearby Atlas Coal Mine (National Historic Site) while there. We camped in a park right in Drumheller which was very convenient. Using the Yellowhead highway thru Saskatoon takes you to Riding Mountain National Park just south of Dauphin which is an ecological treasure. While north shore Lake Superior is rugged, the south shore Lake Superior offers sandy beaches and great state parks in Northern Michigan. So many wonderful choices and they all offer adventure. The Netley Creek at the southend of Lake Winnipeg I understand has the best and biggest catfish lurking for the angler.
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Using the Yellowhead highway thru Saskatoon takes you to Riding Mountain National Park just south of Dauphin which is an ecological treasure.
Very good suggestions indeed. I've never been through Riding Mountain NP without seeing wildlife. It has many beautiful campgrounds and there is a buffalo paddock you can drive into. The bison stampeded all around our car one time.



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The Netley Creek at the southend of Lake Winnipeg I understand has the best and biggest catfish lurking for the angler.
You are correct, the catfish can be easily caught at nearly any river access between Lockport and Netley Creek. Ask about technique and bait at the local bait shops. Guide services or boat rentals can be found at Cats On The Red in Lockport.

While in the area be sure to visit Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site to learn about how the fur trade was the driving force for the opening of western Canada to Europen settlers.
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People on their way somewhere else tend to blast across the prairies on the major highways and declare that it is absolutely flat with nothing to see... because they have bypassed almost everything interesting.

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If we were to go to the Banff Jasper area and then we were heading back east, would Calgary to Regina be a good route and what would we see, and then say, Regina to Lake Manitoba area. Those are not mountainous routes, are they?
Once you are an hour east of either Jasper (on the Yellowhead Highway, #16) or the same time east of Banff (on the Trans-Canada Highway, #1), you won't see a mountain again in Canada until those old worn-down ones in Quebec. There are hills, of course, but not even much of those from Calgary (on Trans-Canada) or Edson (on Yellowhead) until Ontario.
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Lyle, I wonder if your prairie is what we had before, with most now gone. I happen to like such areas. We do short day driving. We generally avoid the big highways, Bolerfan, unless stuck with them for some reason. We will be south before Superior, however, have been many times and it is a favorite. Brian, glad to confirm not mountains as there is nothing like thinking you are going to get somewhere far along, only to find you are going up and up.
I am having a look at that Riding Mountain NP. Thanks, all.
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Lyle, I wonder if your prairie is what we had before, with most now gone.
There's isn't much native prairie left in Canada, either. It makes great farmland, so you can see the "prairies" from the air or in satellite photos - it's the area that's mostly laid out in rectangular fields.
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Cypress Hills Provincial Park straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan border in the south of those provinces is an amazing place to visit. Truly unique geology and a rich history together with awesome scenery make it a special place.
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