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Old 01-13-2019, 12:11 PM   #1
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BC Hwy. 5 to Jasper or 93/95 to Banff? (Newbies)

We are planning our first real Road Trip (Sept. 2019). We live in Washington State and are skeptical about roads, etc. We could go up Hwy. 5 from Chilliwack or go through WA state to Idaho and up 93/95. All sites are new to us. If we go 93/95, then the worst case scenario is driving beautiful 93 up to and back from Jasper.

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Old 01-13-2019, 01:52 PM   #2
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I Live in Edmonton, Alberta and travel both Highways on a regular basis driving 18 Wheeler.
Firstly, my choice for the views would be Chilliwack to Kamloops,them up 5 through Blue River to Jasper. Through this way is some of the most beautiful country around, however it's a 2 lane Highway with lots of traffic all the way to Jasper.
The other way that you mentioned Hwy 95 at Yahk is a more leisurely pace. It is also a 2 Lane Highway with a lot more resort type areas up to Radium Hot Springs. You then go over the great divide to Hwy 1 just outside of Lake Louise, then take 93 over the Icefields Parkway which is one of the most beautiful drives in the World.
Your choice. Which ever you decide, I'm sure that you will enjoy it. Just try to take enough time to enjoy the whole trip at a leisurely pace, and try not to rush. Stay safe, Drive safe and enjoy your Holidays.
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Sounds like you are on the East side of the Cascades.

We like 5 going North as it is mostly a good alignment, mostly river grades but with a couple climbs, and ample pullouts for a driving break. The views along 16 (Yellowhead) can be spectacular. Len P above is exactly right.

Coming south on 93, many of the view points and pullouts are on the right, so easy access.

In Barriere the motel on the left as you enter has nice sites, WiFi. At Valemount Irvins has a nice campground. You may find something in Jasper, we go to the KOA near Hinton, but we are on the way to Alaska going north.
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I agree with Len P and Terry Jay. This is a truly beautiful part of the world. Perhaps you can do a loop. Hwy 5 from Hope to Kamloops to Jasper, south on 93 to Banff then west to the Hwy 93 cutoff to Hwy 95 and head south towards home from there. The roads are generally in good shape but tourist traffic is heavy in July and August. Use the pullouts to let traffic by so you can enjoy the trip. The main campground in Jasper - Whistlers - is closed this year so you will find it hard to get a campsite without a reservation.



Stopping overnight in a National Park requires a permit, and Hwy 93 requires a permit even if you are driving straight through. Prices are here: https://www.commandesparcs-parksorde...discovery-pass



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Were doing this loop in June and July. Done it all before over last 40 years; cant wait to do it again. If you can stop at Wells Grey park on way up to see some nice waterfalls (5 I think). Have a great trip whichever you decide to go.
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We had a wonderful trip! We drove across WA and entered BC just north of Bonners Ferry. We stopped in Cranbrook and got gas and some groceries. My very favorite campsite so far in our journeys was at Wapiti CG and our site was the best! We could see and hear the Athabasca River. It was lovely and the elk came through each evening.

And WOW! School was in session and we were so surprised how truly crowded it was ! (September). However, I had made our reservations last January so we were fine in that respect.
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