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Old 01-09-2016, 11:20 AM   #1
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Whistler BC area

Planning a trip from Portland Or to Whistler area this summer. Would like recommendations for other sightseeing in the area and a route of travel back to the US ending up in Montana or the Dakotas.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:42 AM   #2
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Gotta see the Jasper to Banff corridor. Great national park with numerous glaciers. Most would point you to Glacier Natl Park in Montana, but everyone I know that has gone to Teddy Roosevelt National Park in Western North Dakota comes away saying good things...then back to Oregon through Yellowstone.
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Agree with the Banff and Jasper corridor. Stunning scenery. But both will be busy in the summer. I would advise having reservations. We returned thru Montana to Glacier NP and the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mt Rushmore, Custer, Needles Highway, lots to see.
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I'd suggest north on I5 to the border, then jump over to Hwy 1 via. BC 15. Follow 1 west then on to Hwy 99 north to Whistler. You didn't say what size rig you had, but road is good thru to Whistler. When you leave Whistler, 99 goes north to eventually connect with Hwy 1, but I would not recommend it - narrow / twisty, & rough !
I'd head back south, connect to Hwy 1 eastbound, and follow it to Hope, B.C. ( Try to time your travels around Vancouver area between 9 and 3, as rush hour is crazy. Once in Hope, you have 3 choices - Hwy 1 north, Hwy 5 north east, or Hwy 3 east. Hwy 5 is the fastest although it has some long grades. Most of the semis take 5. All routes wil get you thru to Alberta. Hwy 5 connects back with Hwy 1 near Sicamous, B.C., then follow Hwy. 1 east to Banff area. Once into Alberta, you have a choice of highways to get back down to the US.
As for things to do in Whistler, they do have an RV park there. There is an amazing Gondola ride that runs peak to peak. Mining Museum in Britannia beach. Lots of restaurants and tourist stuff in Whistler.
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Hwy 99 north is not that bad, a little twisty and a few hills but a good road.

Go north on #5 to #16 over to Jasper, as the road south from Jasper to Banff is best due to hills.

Then from Banff to the East to Jumping Pound then south on #8 to Bragg Creek and on to #22 East to#2 south. This will lead to Lethbridge, bypassing Calgary city.

Go West on #3 to Cardston and south on to Waterton and into Montana.

Good travelling.

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Fifteen years ago, we stayed at Nairn Falls Provincial Park for several days. This Park is another of BC's beautiful facilities. We were in camp when the host came to tell us of the 9/11 attack. As we had no tv reception, we spent the rest of the day in a Pemberton pub watching coverage. Pemberton was then becoming a suburb of for Whistler service workers. It is a nice town with all services with lower than Whistler prices.
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99 north of Whistler is a very scenic drive on a good albeit twisty road. At Lilloet stay on course to highway 97, 12 to Lytton is a goat trail. Once you reach 97 you have two choices, north to Prince George then east to Jasper or south to Cache Creek then east on 1 to Banff. As pops suggested turn south at the Bragg Creek turnoff then follow 22X to highway 2, Calgary is not fun with a big rig.
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