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Old 04-23-2015, 02:55 PM   #1
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North to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper from So. Cal.

Leaving Big Bear Lake via the I15 to visit Missoula then on to Glacier NP to Kootenay for 1 night, Bannf for 3 nights, Lake Louise for 3 nights and then to Jasper for 3 nights. From Jasper we will return through the Kootenay Lakes area of BC to Bose and back down to Big Bear. We have made reservations in Canada through their NP website reservation system but none on the way north or on the way back. Missoula is 1200+ miles so we are planning 3 to 4 days. Up and back. We have solar, inverter etc and are pretty self sufficient.

I'm not sure how far I can drive each day on the way up and back so no firm plans other than the national park reservations. So any suggestions for places to stay on these nights, no to Wallymart but boondocking would be fine, primitive campgrounds or even small private campgrounds. Any gems someone knows of?

Next year we r going up the coast to BC.
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Man I envy you! I loved that trip and it is gorgeous! Enjoy every minute of it and Lake Louise is beautiful!
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Old 04-23-2015, 03:36 PM   #3
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Forest...,you are so lucky as Travel Alberta and Parks Canada just completed their major maintenance project on the lake bottom for Lake Louise....

http://media.travelalberta.com/press...rta-canada.htm
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I was last there about 15 years ago and what I remember most about Lake Louise was the typical glacier cloudy bluish water. We r looking forward to spending 11 days at the 4 different areas of the park. I wondered where that blue came from.
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We were considering a less traditional colour, like Aubergine, but public opinion won out, enjoy your trip.

My great grandpa painted Lake Louise shortly after the Canada US war of 1814 (we won), so I joined up for the latest paint job. I've done a few rivers too, but don't like it because of the current.
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We were considering a less traditional colour, like Aubergine, but public opinion won out, enjoy your trip.

My great grandpa painted Lake Louise shortly after the Canada US war of 1814 (we won), so I joined up for the latest paint job. I've done a few rivers too, but don't like it because of the current.
That is awesome! Do you have a pic of the painting you can show us? or a painting of the painting.
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We could have used ur water that u drained out of it in order to paint it.
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Forest...,you are so lucky as Travel Alberta and Parks Canada just completed their major maintenance project on the lake bottom for Lake Louise....

Alberta residents celebrate the Centennial painting of the bottom of Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies | TravelAlberta Newsroom

That's a great post Jack, but I wonder how many might actually believe it. (Note the April 1 date of the article.)

The turquoise colour is caused by "rock flour"; fine particles of rock ground up by the glacier.
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North to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper from So. Cal.

It's true I know it's true, Alberta wouldn't lie! Canada won the war of 1814 too.
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We did that trip last year. We stayed at provincial parks-5 days without electric- no problems.

We got water & dumped at the provincial parks. Our little Winnebago View has an inverter, we only fired up the generator to make coffee and nuke veggies at night. We charged our devices as we drove or as the gen ran.

If you do not need AC , It is pretty easy to be self sufficient.

Have a ball-we did!
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Have a great trip up there. Remember most campgrounds will exchange USD$ at par for Canadian Tire money. No loss in exchange!
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We did that trip last year. We stayed at provincial parks-5 days without electric- no problems.

We got water & dumped at the provincial parks. Our little Winnebago View has an inverter, we only fired up the generator to make coffee and nuke veggies at night. We charged our devices as we drove or as the gen ran.

If you do not need AC , It is pretty easy to be self sufficient.

Have a ball-we did!

We have a 3,000 watt inverter along with 480 watts of solar so we hope to just enjoy enjoy and enjoy some more. I was wondering about dollars. I know we will need a couple of passes too.
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