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Old 06-04-2016, 10:08 PM   #295
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Entered Canada today from Piegan Port north of Glacier. Real easy entry. Customs officer looked at our passports, asked us if we had any firearms, any pets, where we were from, where we are going, how long we will be in Canada and if we had any alcohol. Yes to only the alcohol question, the follow up was did we plan on leaving any alcohol in Canada (no). and we were on our way. Easy peasy!
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Having traveled now for 4 days in Canada. I notice the signage is a little less as far as exit numbers. There are now sign posts every mile like US freeways. Been in the Banff / Lake Louise National Park area. Be very careful when entering a parking lot even if it has a "RV Parking" sign. It might only be for a class C type RV. And make sure you know where the exit is back to the main road before you continue. We starting the Icefields Parkway this morning. 3 nights in Jasper.
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:08 PM   #297
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road report, Vancouver to Smithers

Hi All,

Just a quick road report: we have driven from Abbottsford up the Frasier Valley to Cache Creek, then to Prince George and now to Smithers. All the roads are in good shape with very little construction. No problems, the scenery is beautiful and the people very friendly and welcoming. Next stop Prince Rupert then up the Cassiar. We plan to be in Tok early July, we are taking our time in Canada and enjoying it greatly.
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Be sure to stop at Kitwanga Nat'l Historic Site before getting on the Cassier. It's really nice, especially if you take the tour.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:25 PM   #299
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We left ky 28 May arrived Fairbanks 5 Jun. Came up Alcan all the way. Frequent road construction in British Columbia and Yukon Territory. First time visit I was apprehensive before starting trip breaking in 2016 Redhawk 26XD but it was much easier than I thought it would be. Used RV PARKY to find RV parks when we wanted to stop with excellent results. Road construction sites nearly shook spare tire carrier off. Only other RV related issue was I left phone charger plugged in when retracting large slide causing minor damage to interior.
Incredible scenery most of the way spotted black bears, brown bears, grizzly bears, moose and elk. Infinite photo opportunities. No gas station issues and plenty of Walmarts to replenish supplies.
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We have one more day in Jasper National Park. Talking about Elk. A pack of 8-9 have been walking around our camper the last 2-3 hours. One started nibbling on the neighbors window on his trailer. Viewed some waterfalls today. Took a kayak paddle on a crystal clean lake. And hiked up to a glacier that would rubble because snow from the rocky summit would break loose and cascade down right in front of us. As I'm writing this the Elk are 5' from my trailer. Almost 11pm out and still semi- light out. Trying to have one last beverage by the fire before bed. Talking about nature in your backyard.

One word of advice about "Banff - Lake Louise - the Icefields Parkway - Jasper". June is still off season for them. We were in Banff Saturday and if you didn't find a parking spot by 10am. Good luck. July and August is even more busy. The parkway from Banff to Lake Louise was very busy on the day (Sunday) we moved from Banff to Jasper (180 miles). After Lake Louise or the Columbia Icefields midway it thinned out.

All the information booths have all the info one needs and are will staffed. All had good RV parking except Canmore the first you hit inside the park coming from Calgery. Park behind the gas station across the street for Canmore.
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We have one more day in Jasper National Park. Talking about Elk. A pack of 8-9 have been walking around our camper the last 2-3 hours. One started nibbling on the neighbors window on his trailer. Viewed some waterfalls today. Took a kayak paddle on a crystal clean lake. And hiked up to a glacier that would rubble because snow from the rocky summit would break loose and cascade down right in front of us. As I'm writing this the Elk are 5' from my trailer. Almost 11pm out and still semi- light out. Trying to have one last beverage by the fire before bed. Talking about nature in your backyard.
Many times the journey NOT the destination is what it is all about. Sounds like this is one of those times. Enjoy!
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Gas is very $$$ in the Banff / Jasper National Parks (diesel .99 a liter reg. gas $1.16 to $1.30. We'll fill up tomorrow about 50 miles outside the park showing on Gasbuddys in Hinton AB at $1.03 to $1.10. If it wasnt for the exchange rate we would be looking at $4 a gallon. With the exchange rate ( $1 US to $1.30 CA) I'm a hair under $3. I can live with that. There is some concern because of the forest fires in McMurry last month, two of the gas suppliers in Edmondton are running short on oilsands product to process.
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Just be glad the price of crude is down and the exchange rate it favorable, we did Alaska in 2024, the highest we paid was $5.60 per gallon for diesel!
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we did Alaska in 2024,
You can travel waaaaay ahead of time!
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Be sure to stop at Kitwanga Nat'l Historic Site before getting on the Cassier. It's really nice, especially if you take the tour.
Unfortunately the sign on the road says it is closed until further notice. We were looking forward to it too.
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Slow down for whoops

Met a north bound traveler at the Tetlin visitor center 2 weeks ago who broke an axel on his 5th wheel from the frost heaves. They are bad between border and Tetlin. Worst part is the 4K it was going to cost to tow it to Anchorage for repairs. They are not well marked inside the US. Slow down and enjoy.
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The only way you can break an axle on those frost heaves is by going too fast. You need to drive them slow. Most are marked by orange cones but after you cross a couple you know what to look for in the road as you see one in the distance. The road looks wavy. Slow down!
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Trust me, if you become airborne when hitting some of those frost heaves you are driving way TOO fast plus you WILL break something. Every year people damage hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment attempting to drive the northern roads like they do in the lower 48.

Slow down and enjoy the ride!

Been up and back three times so far with my 40 foot coach and 30 foot cargo trailer and the only thing that has happen so far was a ding in my coach windshield coming back on the second trip. Haven't done anything about repairing it as we went back in 2015 but nothing happened on that trip so maybe I should have it filled in some day.

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