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Old 08-15-2016, 10:52 AM   #1
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I am planning our first trip in our new Escape 19! We have a completion date of August 14, 2017 and plan to pick up as soon as they'll let us. We'll have 4 to 5 weeks to wander our way home to Maine. We are basing our drive on the transCanada highway from Chilliwack to Montreal and then home. Do we need to reserve campsites in advance or can we be more flexible? We'd like to be able to wander a bit and stay longer or not depending on what we find, weather etc. Forest service, provincial parks are more our thing, not looking for full hookups, resort type places. We are getting the solar option and are excited to use it!
Thank you, Jane and Don
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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That is one of the nice things about the Escape, with certain options you can stay just about anyplace, comfortably. Heat, lights, bath, water, refrigerator, all at your fingertips. I stopped making reservations and always seem to find somewhere to stay for the night.
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:39 AM   #3
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Hello All,
I am planning our first trip in our new Escape 19! We have a completion date of August 14, 2017 and plan to pick up as soon as they'll let us. We'll have 4 to 5 weeks to wander our way home to Maine. We are basing our drive on the transCanada highway from Chilliwack to Montreal and then home. Do we need to reserve campsites in advance or can we be more flexible? We'd like to be able to wander a bit and stay longer or not depending on what we find, weather etc. Forest service, provincial parks are more our thing, not looking for full hookups, resort type places. We are getting the solar option and are excited to use it!
Thank you, Jane and Don
I would consider looking at highway 3 from hope BC eastwards. It's the southern route across BC. You cold turn north at Cranbrook and run up the rocky mntn trench through radium to Banff and meet hwy 1there. Or continue east on 3 from Cranbrook right thru to medicine hat Alta where you would join the Trans canada. I suggest hwy 3 as there are many more smaller, lightly used camping spots along that route than he Trans canada.it's sort of off the beaten path.

Alternatively you could turn north on why 5 at hope and get to Kamloops where you continue north on hwy 5 traveling northeast across the province to join up with hwy 16 just west of jasper. Then at jasper drive south on why 93 thru the rocky Mountain trench to banff. From there you could go east on the Trans canada to calgary or south to Cranbrook to hook up east on hwy 3 to medicine hat. This way takes you north east across bc, then south east across bc and into alta. Really stunning views. Doing this will add 2-3 days travelling time over the 2 days from hope to ban of the Trans canada. So 5 days vs 2. Plus whatever stops you may make.

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Excellent information. Thank you. We plan to use more time on the western end of the trip so taking 5 up to Jasper and then dropping down again to Cranbrook and over to Medicine Hat sounds a great trip. We went on a horseback trip about 10 years ago in the Elbow Sheep area, gorgeous! Can't wait.
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Alternatively you could turn north on why 5 at hope and get to Kamloops where you continue north on hwy 5 traveling northeast across the province to join up with hwy 16 just west of jasper. Then at jasper drive south on why 93 thru the rocky Mountain trench to banff.
Just heading across B.C. I would prefer the Crowsnest (Highway 3) route, but to visit the mountains this loop up to Jasper is appealing. My only suggestion would be to consider the Trans-Canada (Highway 1) from Hope to Kamloops, rather than the Coquihalla (Highway 5). The Trans-Canada route winds along the Fraser River valley and is slower than climbing over top (but only by an hour or two), and the narrow two-lane road might not be your driving preference, but there is a lot more to see and do and you skip the tedious long grade climbs.

An even longer alternative for the Hope-to-Kamloops section is to continue east on Highway 3 to Osoyoos, then turn north up the Okanagan (Highway 97) - this would add hours of driving, but add the Okanagan.
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Brian B-P is right. Hope to Kamloops via Hwy 1 is much better than Hwy 5.

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If I want to enjoy the drive, I take #3 Crowsnest, or depending on where I'm headed, I'll take #1. The only reason to take #5 is to get to Kamloops in a hurry. On #5 you will be doing about 90-100 KPH most of the way and will be overtaken by a stream of vehicles doing 130 KPH.
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Highway 3 sounds nice, we like quiet and relaxed and it would be a new place for us. We did drive Calgary to Banff, Jasper and Yoho (Golden) several years ago. Loved it, absolutely stunning. From Osoyoos, would you all recommend turning north up the Okanagan to join 1 (and perhaps spend a few days going north to Jasper) or continue on highway 3? Sure wish we were retired already and could spend months instead of weeks! We'll just have to come back.
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I'd keep going east on the Crowsnest, as I've done numerous times.
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I too would suggest heading on Trans Canada from Chilliwack to Kamloops and then going up to Jasper. The crowds in the mountain parks are just horrendous this year due to the many visitors taking advantage of the weak canadian dollar and all of the Canadians doing domestic vacations. I would avoid Banff as much as possible as it was very crowded when we stayed there in July and early August. Jasper is likely to have somewhat thinner crowds to deal with. You could head east from Jasper and take the Yellowhead Highway through Edmonton, Lloydminister, and into Saskatchewan. Lac LaRonge area in northern Saskatchewan is very nice and the fishing there is excellent.
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