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post #1 of 8 Old 05-10-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Canada, eh?

We are planning a trip from outside of denver to glacier natl park-up to calgary-over to saskatoon- and back down to devils tower/rushmore. Any suggestions on routes and or must see's? Will have 10-12 days for it.
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If you don't mind a bit of a detour I would suggest taking glacier parkway from Banff to jasper. It is a truly spectacular ride. You could go north one day, stay overnight in Jasper, head back to Banff the next day to see it from the other direction and then head east to Calgary from there. It is only about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on traffic from the south end of that highway to Calgary. Where are you planning to cross the border north? Lots of great roads heading to the TransCanada highway from the BC border. I live about 1 hour north of the border in the South Okanagan and used to live in Calgary and I have travelled a lot of the area. Once you get out of the foothills, Alberta is pretty boring riding unless you like long straight. IMHO it is much better to go through southern BC. Just ask if you need more info about routes.

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Bit of a correction to my last post. I meant Icefields parkway. Hwy 93 in BC.

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Another option is to go through the Crowsnest Pass into BC (Hwy 3) and up the east kootenay valley to Banff (Hwy 95-93 BC), a few hotsprings (Fairmont and Radium) along the way to soak in. Beats having to see the Rockies from a distance on the flat Prairie and the Hwy 93 route out of Radium will be extremely distracting given you'll be riding through the Rockies with wildlife sitings up close very likely.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-23-2015, 12:28 AM
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I rode the area two years ago on my trip to Canada and the ice fields pkwy is truly beautiful. only hint I have is don't stay in Jasper if you are on a budget as it is expensive. there is a town called Hinton about 40 miles away, a very pretty ride and rooms were 1/2 the price. have fun.
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Its true that Jasper is expensive, but it is a cool little town with lots of character and history and there is access to some very cool areas. If you like hiking there is a great one called Sulpher Skyline. It starts at the Miette hot springs and climbs 700m in 4.5km's. Doesn't sound like much but it is pretty steep for most of it. Astounding views at the summit. We were lucky and went earlier in the day. The sky was mostly clear with a few puffy clouds. As we were starting down we saw the black sky to the north and decided to move quickly. No easy feat with a 5 & 8 year old who had just hiked up the hill. We passed several people going up, some wearing flip-flops, and warned them as you could not see the sky through the trees. By the time we got o the hot springs building it was raining. Then it hailed. Then the thunder and lightning started and they kicked everyone out. So in other words the weather changes quickly up there. Still worth it though.

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-24-2015, 11:50 AM
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The Kananaskis is a great ride to see wildlife along the road,
There is a wonderful yet inexpensive ( about the same price as camping) international hostel system, sometimes busy so phone ahead for reservation. Google up HI Kananaskis and HI Athabaska.

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Expensive? Your paying 80 cents on the dollar. That's like a 20% savings on everything.
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