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Old 11-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #31
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Tunnel Mountain overlooking Banff townsite has in excess of 2000 sites , although they do get very full there always seems to be something available and it is minutes off the Trans Canada . If you are passing through enroute to pick up your Escape , there is a Tourist Info right in the middle of the town , they do make reservations for travellers who just decide to stay over . I think there is always room somewhere ...unless maybe one were to arrive during the Winter Olympics .......
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #32
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Something that far in advance may be hard to plan. With your new Escape you may find waiting until 24-48 hours, that way you are not locked into a place. Sometimes I like to stay longer at a campsite longer and hate to have to leave because of a reservation at another location. Any KOA will not turn you away, they always have a tent or overflow site you can squeeze into.
This will be on the way to Chilliwack, we'll be in either a tent or hotel, weather/availability dependent.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #33
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Going to take you up on the offer, figure to spend a few days in the Banff/Jasper area, just in case I don't make it back. Never know...

Think I'd need hotel/campground reservations in early Aug? I'm guessing yes.
Will you not be trailerless for your Canadian portion of your drive? The drive from Banff to Jasper on the Icefield Parkway, is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take.

If you plan to motel in Jasper, you most definitely will need reservations. Two years ago in late September, when headed out for a mulit-day canoe trip on Maligne Lake (another great place to visit), we thought to spoil ourselves with a motel room the night before we set out for sleeping in our tent. Not a chance, all rooms were booked up, and this was a Thursday night. We stayed at the Wapiti Campground instead.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:02 PM   #34
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Will you not be trailerless for your Canadian portion of your drive? The drive from Banff to Jasper on the Icefield Parkway, is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take.

If you plan to motel in Jasper, you most definitely will need reservations. Two years ago in late September, when headed out for a mulit-day canoe trip on Maligne Lake (another great place to visit), we thought to spoil ourselves with a motel room the night before we set out for sleeping in our tent. Not a chance, all rooms were booked up, and this was a Thursday night. We stayed at the Wapiti Campground instead.
Correct, this is on the way West. Might have to just go the hotel route for the area so I know I've got somewhere to stay. Not big on tenting in the rain as it sounds like deciding at the last minute won't work.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:03 AM   #35
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Many great suggestions here and I would certainly second seeing the Cdn Rockies, and in fact since you are going out without your trailer why not go with your original suggestion of going through Canada. Yes US 2 from the Soo to Duluth is easier (just don't do it at night - I saw 15 deer last year on this route) but you will miss the wonderfully scenic route across the top of Superior and the chance to stop at places like Thunder Bay and see the world class restored early 19th century fur trading fort, Old Fort William.

Also you mentioned crossing at Niagara, how about going north from Syracuse and up through Ottawa? I just googled Springfield to Sudbury and it's four miles shorter although a touch longer in time but you avoid the traffic bottlenecks you will likely experience around Toronto.

Yes gas in Canada is much more but when will you get a chance to see most of our country unless you take advantage on the way out where you'll be getting better gas mileage anyway not towing?

Have a great trip out and back! We are looking forward to doing the same in 2015 (unless we buy Alf's trailer next year)

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Old 11-22-2013, 09:21 AM   #36
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I'm hoping to do the TransCanadian Railway for my 70th birthday, if I can remember when that is? TRAINS ACROSS CANADA GREAT PRICES
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I'm hoping to do the TransCanadian Railway for my 70th birthday, if I can remember when that is? TRAINS ACROSS CANADA GREAT PRICES
That would be a cool trip, particularly the section through the Rockies. (My wife travelled on the Rockies section many years ago). Not really correct to call it "Trans Canadian", however, as the trip starts in Toronto, which is about 3000 km west of the furthest east point in Canada.
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After picking up our Escape in September we spent a week in the Canadian Rockies and it was beautiful! That was one reason we decided to drive all the way from MN instead of getting ours delivered.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #39
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Once we pick up our 19 and weather permitting, we will do the Bannf-Jasper thing before heading south to visit our daughter & family in Montana. It has been on my bucket list since hearing about it as a teenager back in 1956.
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