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Old 08-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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Camping 2013 to Alberta and British Columbia

Hello everyone
As the 2012 camping season is starting to come to a close we are thing of next year. we want to take the kids out west to Alberta and possibly into British Columbia. Instead of just goggling things to do I would rather get input from people who have been there. Any suggestions? We are a pretty active family. We do lots of hiking and adventuring so any info like Campgrounds, hiking, caving ect and the usual touristy things are greatly appreciated. Enjoy the last couple of months of camping. The weather in Manitoba has been fabulous this year.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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Nomadbakers, there's lots of great things to do out here, as you can imagine. A lot depends on your path, the family and their preferences, ages, etc, but here are some quick ideas:

- Banff Sulfur Mountain Gondola
- biking Kelowna's Kettle Mountain railway and/or the Transcanada trail
- a tour on the Columbia Icefields
- Drumheller's Royal Tyrell Museum
- some quality beach time in BC (Shushwap, Okanagan, Osoyoos, Parksville, Tofino, they're all great!)
- hiking in the Banff/Lake Louise/Canmore area
- Vancouver aquarium
- Calgary Stampede
- Cathedral Grove giant cedars and Tofino's Long Beach
- Frank Slide interpretive centre
- Whistler (hiking, mtn biking, golf)
- too many other great ideas that I've failed to include!

This should lead to some great conversations, with new ideas and recommendations that I look forward to hearing from others who camp in AB & BC.

Hope you enjoy the trip!
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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A great place is Crowsnest Pass, 2 hours south of Calgary. On highway #3. Good camping. Lots and lots of hiking. Not as much of a 'touristy' place like some others. Good campgrounds, but also a lot of free camping areas, along creeks and rivers.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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One thing about towing a TT in BC; make sure your tow vehicle is rated to tow your TT. Have heard of more than one person being stopped in BC and forced to unhook their trailer and come back with a "proper" tow vehicle. Have a friend who recently purchased a 5th wheel to tow with his F150 Eco Boost and he's right at the limit. I expect him to have major issues if he heads into BC
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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If you're heading out west and planning to spend time around Calgary ignore the sites in and around the city. Cochrane is about 25 minutes north west of the city and has a great little campground on the banks of the Bow River. The site offers full hook ups, great walks or rides along the river into town and a sports center adjacent. The town is very accessible for those with motor homes, trailers and fifth wheels. There are good grocery stores and depending on the dates there is likely to be some event going on. The Rockies and Banff are only 45 minutes further west and Kananaskis country is even closer.

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Old 05-27-2013, 12:31 AM   #6
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South Alberta: Writing-On-Stone P.P., Dinosaur Provincial Park. Both well worth the visit, and you can definatly hike at both
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #7
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Jasper National Park and Mt Robson Provincial Park. IMHO Jasper is the best of the National Parks for hiking and it is much less overcrowded than Banff.

Highway 93 between Banff and Jasper. Lake Louise.

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