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Old 05-23-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Spokane to 100 mile house

In a few weeks I'll be meeting up with my party for a fishing trip. We'll meet at 100 mile house and from there go on to Lake Gustafson. I've never been there.
I know that Sav-On grocery is a good meeting spot. They allow parking and have fresh water and a dump site. I've figured out the produce, alcohol importation and prescription drug importation rules. After Oroville,WA. the beer will get expensive. It's only a 5 day fishing trip, so I can handle it.
Several questions. Cross the border at Osoyoos. Then get to 97 as quickly as possible. 97C back to 97 all the way to 100 mile. Or would it be better to go 97 to 97C then go 5 to Kamloops then cut back to 97 and on to 100 mile. I'd like to stay in flatter country if possible.
Is it legal to overnight in provincial rest stops?
Walmart or ? places along the way?
I have no problem paying for hook ups, and kind of prefer it. Any campground suggestions??
I'm not an Escape owner (Casita) but figured that the Escape forum might be a good spot for Canadian travel information.
Your suggestions & comment are appreciated. My thanks in advance.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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Apparently no Canadians on this forum. No response yet.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:56 PM   #3
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I would take 97, 97C, 5A to Merritt then 97C up to 100 Mile House.
Gas is usually cheapest in Cache Creek at the Husky station.
Bring lots of mosquito repellant.
Hope this helps, by the way fishing is good there.
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"After Oroville,WA. the beer will get expensive. It's only a 5 day fishing trip, so I can handle it."

I'm Canuck but not familiar enough with routes / camping to be much help. But I think I'd spring for Canadian beer if I were you. IMO better that US beer and higher alcohol content too.

Have a great trip. Larry
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Higher alcohol content of Canadian beer is a myth. Beer, worldwide, generally falls between 4 and 5.5 per cent. There are always exceptions. The myth was a result of different ways of measuring alcohol content - alcohol by volume and alcohol by weight.
So American or Canadian, the beer is pretty much the same alcohol content.

Price is another matter. A flat (24) of crappy beer will cost you $6 in the U.S. and cost you $48 in Canada. A craft beer, in my experience, costs pretty much the same, either side of the border. So, there is no point in drinking Bud Light.
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Thanks for the beer lesson. something else to research
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A six pack of Anchor Steam is $13.99 at my local BC Liquor store.
It's great for braising cheap steak.
Makes a wonderful gravy.
Maybe one of the California contingent can peg the price in SanFran.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale six-pack is $14.99.
I recall paying $12 or more in Oregon for the same ( don't forget 90 cent dollar ).
Six-pack of Bud Light Lime is $13.49. Why would anybody do that to beer?

My beer of choice is Okanagan Spring Pale Ale. $12.25 for a six-pack. Used to be a small brewery. Bought out by Sleeman, which was bought out by.... Could well be owned by the same company that owns Bud, for all I know.
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A six pack of Anchor Steam is $13.99 at my local BC Liquor store.
It's great for braising cheap steak.
Makes a wonderful gravy.
Maybe one of the California contingent can peg the price in SanFran.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale six-pack is $14.99.
I recall paying $12 or more in Oregon for the same ( don't forget 90 cent dollar ).
Six-pack of Bud Light Lime is $13.49. Why would anybody do that to beer?

My beer of choice is Okanagan Spring Pale Ale. $12.25 for a six-pack. Used to be a small brewery. Bought out by Sleeman, which was bought out by.... Could well be owned by the same company that owns Bud, for all I know.
Hi: gbaglo...Last I heard Sleeman is owned by Sapporo of Japan. After that who knows!!! Is Kokanee any good? Alf
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So, there is no point in drinking Bud Light.
Unless you want to get turned off beer, that is.

I can drink beers like that, Coors, Canadian, etc, but sure prefer many, many others that are now offered.

I find that many of the beers I buy are in the 5-9% ABV range. A couple higher, and a couple lower.
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Hi: gbaglo...Last I heard Sleeman is owned by Sapporo of Japan. After that who knows!!! Is Kokanee any good? Alf
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Kokanee is good, if you like Labatt's Blue..8)
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Best beer ever is "Dark Matter" from Hoyne Brewing a small micro brewer in Victoria. You can buy it direct from the brewer; $6 for a 650 ml bottle or you can refill your Growler for $11. You can taste the beers at their brewery which is located right on the edge of downtown Victoria and quite frankly they are all excellent.

It is also available in select locations in the Lower Mainland.

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If you like dark beers the Bushwacker beer from the Barley Station brew pub in Salmon Arm is fantastic, oh ya the foods good too...
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I do appreciate the beer advice for this trip. Thank you. However, I'm not a beer snob by any means. Typically I drink the cheapest light beer that I can find. Natural Light, typically. Maybe Keystone. Sorry to disappoint.
Now, back to the topic. Any suggestions for overnighting spots?
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Cheapest I could find is $7.99 for six cans. Several brands at that price point.
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Sorry ikg907. I'm sure someone will assist. Us Canucks seem to like our beer and have lots of opinions. I hope someone actually helps you with your real question (sorry to be a distraction)
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ikg907 this is the website I like when travelling, you can search by area and in some cases even see photos of the campground.

CampScout - Camping, Campgrounds & RV Parks

As for stopping at rest areas along that route you won't get any piece and quiet due to traffic noise.

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Or Google 100 Mile House camping:

Camping | 100 Mile House, BC | Destination BC - Official Site

Also, useful to Google Chambers of Commerce, where you will usually find info on municipal campgrounds.
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OK. Here's my take on the situation. #3 to Princeton. #5A to Merritt. #5 to Kamloops. #1 to 97 all the way to 100 mile.
Possibly take #8 from Merritt. then go #1 on up to #97.
Any thoughts on the 2 options
My thanks in advance.
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#8 from Merritt to Spences Bridge is a slow and winding road. Doesn't stop me from taking it though. There is the Log Cabin bar in Spences Bridge ( motor cycle memorabilia ) but the town no longer supports even one gas station, so fill up in Merritt.
I'd use Google maps to work out the optimum route.
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Stop at a duty free as you come across the border and stock up there. Usually pretty good prices and a nice selection. There are lots of unique micro breweries that you can sample and find some very good and some very disappointing beers as well. If you prefer larger commercial ventures that are tried and true, Keith's India Pale Ale is a brew that I have occasionally sampled and found it to be quite adequate....
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