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Old 01-19-2016, 09:30 AM   #21
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Thanks for your post FlatlandFlyFisher

We want to travel East in midMayish or perhaps wait till early June. What is it like in midMay for camping - too cold? Snow?

And in terms of Grasslands, you mention boondocking. Must trailers stay in the designated campgrounds. Or would we be allowed to park along a road somewhere out in the Park? Which of the two sections do you prefer - the West or East? They look like two quite separate areas.

Thanks again for your post or fo any other posters with advice/opinions

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Old 01-19-2016, 12:23 PM   #22
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Hi Larry,

Snow will be hard to guess - in Saskatchewan we can get snow from Sept to June, although it will be less and short lived on the shoulder months.
- one tool I use for guesstimating weather is the website weatherspark.com. It gives median, max, min and 10th, 25th, 75th and 90th percentile for historical temperatures. You can at least get an idea of probability and likely extremes.
- May should still be wet. I was once in Grasslands in a very wet early summer, and discovered cacti in puddles of water. Mosquitos were nasty. It'll depend on what the weather pattern gives us. I would check as it gets closer to the travel date - the great thing about a trailer is the ability to change plans around the weather!
- Hiking will depend on the wet. PANP has lots of short and long trails. Boundary bog is short and on a boardwalk. The trip to Grey Owls cabin is considerably more involved. If the weather is good and the ground is dry, you could have many days of hiking.
- The narrows campground in PANP is really nice. Trees. Sites can take trailers. Quiet. The campground in town are more crowded. Red Dear is a glorified subdivision. Beaver Glen is spaced out nicely, but too close to civilization for my comfort.
- I have not been to the new RV campground in grasslands, although the national parks reservation site shows that the RV site has power. I understand that you can tent camp "wherever" but I don't know the rules for RVs. I suspect that RV camping is restricted. My boondock comment was based on an out of date recollection.

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Old 01-19-2016, 01:14 PM   #23
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Elk island park to north east Edmonton is probably only about 1/2 a hr drive, don't know of anything that's nice any closer.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:37 AM   #24
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Hi Larry,

Snow will be hard to guess - in Saskatchewan we can get snow from Sept to June, although it will be less and short lived on the shoulder months.
- one tool I use for guesstimating weather is the website weatherspark.com. It gives median, max, min and 10th, 25th, 75th and 90th percentile for historical temperatures. You can at least get an idea of probability and likely extremes.
- May should still be wet. I was once in Grasslands in a very wet early summer, and discovered cacti in puddles of water. Mosquitos were nasty. It'll depend on what the weather pattern gives us. I would check as it gets closer to the travel date - the great thing about a trailer is the ability to change plans around the weather!
- Hiking will depend on the wet. PANP has lots of short and long trails. Boundary bog is short and on a boardwalk. The trip to Grey Owls cabin is considerably more involved. If the weather is good and the ground is dry, you could have many days of hiking.
- The narrows campground in PANP is really nice. Trees. Sites can take trailers. Quiet. The campground in town are more crowded. Red Dear is a glorified subdivision. Beaver Glen is spaced out nicely, but too close to civilization for my comfort.
- I have not been to the new RV campground in grasslands, although the national parks reservation site shows that the RV site has power. I understand that you can tent camp "wherever" but I don't know the rules for RVs. I suspect that RV camping is restricted. My boondock comment was based on an out of date recollection.

Stephen
Thanks so much for the info. It will be very useful in trip-planning.

Larry
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:17 PM   #25
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Regarding Fernie, Mt Fernie Provincial Park is one of our favorites, love staying in that park. Great mountain biking and hiking right from camp plus Island Lake Lodge is just up the road. Close to town and the Fernie Brewing Co!
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:34 PM   #26
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Depending on where you plan on crossing the Alberta Saskatchewan border there are a couple of real gems, Goosberry Provincial Park and further north, Dillberry Provincial Park. I enjoy them both in the fall and spring, they are very quiet, have great hiking/biking trails and are great for bird watching during the migration period. Gooseberry even has 9 hole golf course that has few people on it in the shoulder season (except weekends). Enjoy your trip, I have stayed in most of the campgrounds mentioned here and they all have high points.
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