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Old 07-19-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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Route advice in BC

So we booked our summer holiday with the kids this afternoon..
We're basically going through:
- Creston, BC
- Silverwood, ID
- Coeur d'Alene, ID
- Spokane, WA
- Oroville, WA
- Kelowna, BC
- Revelstoke, BC
- Golden, BC
- HOME..

Does anyone have any hints, thoughts or words of wisdom for that route? From Golden back home (Pincher Creek, AB), we are coming across and through Calgary.
Places to avoid, definitely to see, etc..
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Old 07-19-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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The Trans Canada east of Revelstoke is a mess. Lots of TT swallowing pot holes around the snow sheds in the Rogers Pass. Construction everywhere, especially east of Field. Beautiful scenery but take your time and keep your road senses tuned to high. The upgrades to this section of No 1 have been going on for over ten yrs and sometimes I think they'll never get it done.

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Old 07-20-2015, 12:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up Keith! We'll be taking our time and probably pissing off a few people behind us by doing so!
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We'll be taking our time and probably pissing off a few people behind us by doing so!
Yep, I think we got saluted four or five times during our last trip through there on the way to the Okanagan.

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Are you not going to Vancouver Island? That is probably one of the most beautiful places to visit, all of it, or just a piece of it. It is all gorgeous.
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Kandl - was planning on staying in Golden for a week and driving back and forth to Banff and Lake Louise and up to the Icefield. Then going up to Hinton for a week.
Is this doable with the road conditions you are describing?
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Are you not going to Vancouver Island? That is probably one of the most beautiful places to visit, all of it, or just a piece of it. It is all gorgeous.
I'll second that although BC Ferries will empty your wallet getting to and from the island. Nearly 500 clams for our 30 ft TT, TV and two adults.
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Kandl - was planning on staying in Golden for a week and driving back and forth to Banff and Lake Louise and up to the Icefield. Then going up to Hinton for a week.
Is this doable with the road conditions you are describing?
Entirely. The No 1 from Golden to Lake Louise is not impassable. Its just got some nasty sections and lots of construction that can catch ya by surprise if you're not on the ball. Hwy 93 (Ice Field Parkway) is in pretty decent shape right up to Jasper. Note: There is wildlife aplenty around the length of 93 and as such it's quite common to be wheeling around a blind corner and come upon a gaggle of tourists standing in the middle of the road, taking pictures of that wildlife. I've had to stand on the brakes more than a few times for these instances.
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@ Kandl

I guess we are just used to paying those fees and always include them in the vacation budget. But, you are correct; if you are not prepared, those BC ferries are a real surprise once you get there.

I do suggest that people plan ahead and make the Vancouver Island a real vacation - there are many things to see there and once on the Island, your entire vacation could be there - summer time only recommended but for those who would like to winter camp, the Island is certainly worthy of consideration.

Oh, yes, we have been many times - and each time, there is something new to discover!!!

Ciao, and Happy Vacations, no matter where you all should end up! Drive Safe!

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Oh, yes, we have been many times - and each time, there is something new to discover!!!
Indeed! Discovered plenty when I lived there, especially the DW, who hails from Victoria.
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