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Old 03-03-2015, 11:52 AM   #43
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You won't find a more scenic beautiful picture taking area than the Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper National Parks.


This year I am planning to use the Alaskan Highway north and the Cassier Highway when returning to the lower 48. We have never done it that way as I really like the Cassier in the spring BUT I have always wanted to stop in Hyder Alaska to view the Grizzly's fishing for salmon.

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You won't find a more scenic beautiful picture taking area than the Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper National Parks.

From the Sweetgrass border crossing head north to Calgary and then over to the Canada Route 1 that goes through Banff and Jasper NP's. Once through those parks you will hook up with Canada Route 16 heading West towards Prince George.

From Prince George you have two choices, use the Alaskan Highway or the Cassier Highway. They are both very scenic.

This year I am planning to use the Alaskan Highway north and the Cassier Highway when returning to the lower 48. We have never done it that way as I really like the Cassier in the spring BUT I have always wanted to stop in Hyder Alaska to view the Grizzly's fishing for salmon.

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I've never done it the other way choosing to head first Dawson Creek and then follow the Alcan but the trip through Cassier is great. A recent change to the border at Hyder is probably worth mentioning. The border crossing (Canadian Customs) is going to start closing between the hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m. If you have ever been to Hyder, well that may not be a big issue but if you were out whooping it up on a Saturday night and thought you were just going to drive back to your RV parked on the Canadian side, think again. The change kicks in on Apr 1.
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Thanks for the tip and warning.

I am usually cutting Z's well before midnight. If I don't get a good 7-8 hours of sleep I am wasted the next day.

I leave the partying to the younger crowd.

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For others who have gone to AK. what weather and road conditions can one expect going thru the Banff and Jasper areas on the way up between June 5th to 15th. Really want to hit that route, but was worried that there could or would still be road closures and campgrounds being closed because of the snowpack.
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Not sure what it will look like in June this year however we went through both Banff and Jasper NP's back three years ago on our way to Alaska around May 5, 6 & 7 and the roads were clear dry and the weather was sunny everyday. The outside temps were cool and there was plenty of snow covered mountains to view. The lakes were still frozen and snow covered.

But even still it was a beautiful drive with jaw dropping scenery around every bend in the road.

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We've done Banff and Jasper (The Icefields Highway) the 3rd week of May. The roads were clear and it's an awesome time to view the mountains with snow on them.

We went through again the end of August and the mountains were black and bare. To us, they were more beautiful with snow.

We stayed in Jasper at the Provincial Park which we like above Banff. It's a laid-back western town.

Just keep checking the weather as you're approaching the area for updates.
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Basically put, shot guns and hunting rifles can be brought in with the appropriate permit. For the everyday joe after that everything is verboten. Hand Guns, Assault Rifles, Fully Automatic weapons etc. are basically off the menu. There are some exceptions for specific purposes but please check with the proper sources. Unless you are actually hunting, it is probably not necessary for the trip. Have been several times and never ever felt even close to having a need for firearm.[/QUOTE]


I would like to carry at least a shotgun with me on the trip. Where do you obtain the permits and do you know if there is a fee?
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Not sure what it will look like in June this year however we went through both Banff and Jasper NP's back three years ago on our way to Alaska around May 5, 6 & 7 and the roads were clear dry and the weather was sunny everyday. The outside temps were cool and there was plenty of snow covered mountains to view. The lakes were still frozen and snow covered.

But even still it was a beautiful drive with jaw dropping scenery around every bend in the road.
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We've done Banff and Jasper (The Icefields Highway) the 3rd week of May. The roads were clear and it's an awesome time to view the mountains with snow on them.

We went through again the end of August and the mountains were black and bare. To us, they were more beautiful with snow.

We stayed in Jasper at the Provincial Park which we like above Banff. It's a laid-back western town.

Just keep checking the weather as you're approaching the area for updates.
Thanx...On the (The Icefields Highway) are there places to turn off and view the scenery? large enough for RV's? I also plan to stay at the Whistlers Provincial Park Campground near Jasper.

Are there any other campgrounds between Banff & Jasper worth staying at?
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When coming back on the Cassier and stopping at Hyder/Stewart, make a plan to drive your towed up to Salmon Glacier. It's awesome. The road takes you high above the Glacier for some incredible pic's.
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There is an ongoing, identical Alaska 2015 thread at escapees.com discussion forums.

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For you that are experienced on this travel. Where are the best places to cross over from the states into Canada. Or, does it even matter?
And...... are you able to take any firearms at all, ie..pistol, shotgun, rifle?

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If you are not an Escapee member than you won't be able to read those discussions.

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Please explain the steps to get to the Escapee's Discussion Forum as a FREE member.

Escapees RV Club

I have gone there twice now and each time it asks me to pay $40 to join as a new member PRIOR to being able to get to the Discussion Forum.

https://store.escapees.com/store/mem...w%20Membership

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Alaska Highway Construction

I can't wait to take that trip myself ...

and now, for a little history on the building of the Alaska Highway

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