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Old 04-30-2016, 04:21 PM   #15
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Last spot was secured at Whistlers
You are going in summer, correct? What month?
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We did that trip with our 3 sons and one girlfriend back in 2006. Here's what the boys (now men) talk about 10 years later...

1. The busride to the Colombia Icefield and walking on the glacier
2. Soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs
3. Hiking to Moraine Lake (Lake Louise was way more crowded)
4. Taking the gondola to the top of the mountain and hiking down

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Well, that makes me feel a little better that you ( Jason) said it was July that was filled up. Now was that for a "electric" site, "Full service" site or the many "non-service" sites?

We plan to be there about June 4-5th ish. My thinking is school many not be out for some kids, so families vacations will not start till a week later (june 10th). My son will graduate in mid May so we no longer have to plan our first summer vacation after his normal school year end June 10-15th area.
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Well, that makes me feel a little better that you ( Jason) said it was July that was filled up. Now was that for a "electric" site, "Full service" site or the many "non-service" sites?

We plan to be there about June 4-5th ish. My thinking is school many not be out for some kids, so families vacations will not start till a week later (june 10th). My son will graduate in mid May so we no longer have to plan our first summer vacation after his normal school year end June 10-15th area.

The customer service agent said that was the last available spot for our dates that could accommodate our 31ft RV. We are going in the heart of summer July 7-10 and did not secure a spot until just last week. I imagine that you will be just fine that early in June, but you may want to call and find out.
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In 2012 we did that trip. We made reservations a couple of days ahead of our arrival at each stop and had no problems. We went up the west side of the Canadian Rockies, stay at Fort Steele outside Cranbrook, and Radium Hot Spring (Outstanding CG). Be sure to take the Kootenay Highway. Then on to Golden, BC with a day trip to Revelstroke, before heading to Lake Louise, we stayed at the Park System CG. In Banff we too, stayed at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Park. It was great.

We did Jasper and the Icefield Highway on a previous trip on the Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride.

Be sure to see Glacier Park. We did the west side on the way up and stopped at the Canadian portion and east side on the way back. It was a trip I would do again in an instant.

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You might also want to check out the Calgary Stampede
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From previous experience I can say that it is probably a bit late to first be getting reservations in Calgary during Stampede. It's definitely a fun thing to go to, but nice CG's near the city aren't all that plentiful.
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Tunnel Mtn is right in Banff,,,that would be my pick. For touring the entire area with all its hidden jewels,,,download this

Gypsy Guide » Banff Lake Louise Yoho

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The OP didn't say what ages his children are, but we took our grandsons, ages 9 and 11, to the Royal Tyrrell Museum which is in Drumheller Alberta a couple of hours east of Calgary. It is a world-class paleontology museum because the Alberta/BC/Montana region has a wealth of fossils. The museum is very well laid out; you walk through the history of the planet along a timeline. We took the boys on a "fossil dig" with a young paleontologist and they thought that was way cool. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do, this is pretty neat and what kids don't love dinosaurs.

Also, even if you don't go to the Calgary Stampede there are plenty of other rodeos on the circuit. We took our grandsons to the one in Strathmore (an hour south of Calgary) and they had a great time. Canadian rodeos usually feature "chuck wagon races" a sport which we lack in the US.
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We did that trip with our 3 sons and one girlfriend back in 2006. Here's what the boys (now men) talk about 10 years later...



1. The busride to the Colombia Icefield and walking on the glacier

2. Soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs

3. Hiking to Moraine Lake (Lake Louise was way more crowded)

4. Taking the gondola to the top of the mountain and hiking down



Safe travels!

Thanks so much for the itinerary! I am looking at condensing and need to know which activities are a must. Thanks for the insight
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Thanks so much for the itinerary! I am looking at condensing and need to know which activities are a must. Thanks for the insight
Our grandsons considered the walk on the glacier at the Columbia Icefield to be the single best part of their trip. They held snowballs in their hands and said "we're melting 600 year old snow".

Here's the giant 6-wheel drive "bus" you ride onto the glacier. (click on the icon to see the photo in a new tab of your browser)
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Mt. Kidd in Kannanaskis gets my vote. (close to Canmore) Beautiful area. Great campground. One of my favorites. Have a great trip.
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