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Old 08-20-2019, 08:39 AM   #1
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Trip to Edmonton, Alberta

Hi, I was wondering if anyone here has done a trip from Portland, Oregon to Edmonton, Alberta or similar destination from another city or vice versa?

I would like to know about stops, gas station and anything that helps with my trip planning. We are planning to go through Sweetgrass, Montana border entry.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:06 PM   #2
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From Sweetgrass north you should have no problem finding things to see going to Edmonton.

From Sweetgrass north you are 4 lane divided highway to Edmotnon.
There are small cities (80,000 people) to our capital of around a million people on your route. A short jaunt off your route, you'll find small towns, museums, and all kinds of sight seeing..

It also depends on what you are interested in seeing, how much time and when you are travelling..

Some options to name a few...
- Galt Museum in Lethbridge,
- Remmington Carriage House Museum in Cardston
- Tyrell Museum in Drumheller,
- Waterton Park in SW Alberta,
- Frank Slide in Frank, AB
- Calgary Tower in Calgary,
- Reynold's Museum in Wetaskawin,
- Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer,
- West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton

Fuel is a little more expensive. There are plenty of gas stations that are along the way, without having to make any real detours. There are a few Flying J's and lots that are larger for truck and trailer.

What route are you looking at taking from Portland to Sweetgrass? When we went down, we left Pincher Creek and went to Silverwood, Idaho and then went on to Portland on Day 2. It was a longer day of driving, but we had a plan and wanted to get there in 2 days.. When we came back from Oregon (Bend), we went through Missoula, Montana, then up to Great Falls, then up through Chief Mountain border crossing.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:37 AM   #3
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From Sweetgrass north you should have no problem finding things to see going to Edmonton.

From Sweetgrass north you are 4 lane divided highway to Edmotnon.
There are small cities (80,000 people) to our capital of around a million people on your route. A short jaunt off your route, you'll find small towns, museums, and all kinds of sight seeing..

It also depends on what you are interested in seeing, how much time and when you are travelling..

Some options to name a few...
- Galt Museum in Lethbridge,
- Remmington Carriage House Museum in Cardston
- Tyrell Museum in Drumheller,
- Waterton Park in SW Alberta,
- Frank Slide in Frank, AB
- Calgary Tower in Calgary,
- Reynold's Museum in Wetaskawin,
- Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer,
- West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton

Fuel is a little more expensive. There are plenty of gas stations that are along the way, without having to make any real detours. There are a few Flying J's and lots that are larger for truck and trailer.

What route are you looking at taking from Portland to Sweetgrass? When we went down, we left Pincher Creek and went to Silverwood, Idaho and then went on to Portland on Day 2. It was a longer day of driving, but we had a plan and wanted to get there in 2 days.. When we came back from Oregon (Bend), we went through Missoula, Montana, then up to Great Falls, then up through Chief Mountain border crossing.
We started from Forest Grove, 40 miles west of Portland onto 84, then headed up to Washington, Idaho and then eastward to Montana. Camped at the Nugget RV campground in St. Regis, Montana. We ended up taking the 200 instead due to road closure(construction) in the area of Helena. Best time to drive it during daylight, very scenic but a 2 lane hwy.

After that headed up the interstate 15 to Sweetgrass, cross the border and headed to the rainbow valley campground in Edmonton. We arrived at 12;30 AM, but had arranged earlier that we are coming in much later. They arranged for the security guard to meet us and gave us our keycard. Stayed there a few nights then a few nights at my sister's driveway.

We visited some of my old haunts in Edmonton, WEM, Canadian Tire etc. Also visited my family and friends. My son really wanted to stay longer over there, his cousin is about the same age...

On the way back, we went to Jasper national park, stopped at Jasper, and boy has it changed in 20 yrs since I visited it. From there we camped in Valemount, BC. The climbs was ok but talk about white knuckle driving. I think it would be worse if we travelled the other way. From there we headed towards Abbotsford and crossed at Sumas and headed home but took a break at a rest stop after Bellingham and the rest was heading home.

But I must say, when I lived in California and Oregon, towing a trailer was 55 mph maximum, but once I got into Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alberta, their speeds were 80 to 90 mph. Much faster than I wanted to go, but I kept it within 60-65 but 10 mph slower than the max. Everyone else was blowing by me with their RVs and travel trailers. Of course those who blew by me, some of them had blowouts and saw one too.

As for gas stations or lack of while heading from Sweetgrass to Edmonton, they need to add more and make it accessible.

I was worried about my trailer tires too, they over 7 yrs old, but they have 80% tread left still. They are Freestar brand tires, turns out they held up pretty well. Eventually I will replace them.
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