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Old 12-15-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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Glacier NP to Vancouver Canada

My DW & I are planning a trip from Glacier NP Montana to Vancouver Canada.
Primary highways are the Queen Elizabeth Hwy 2 North to the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 West all the way to Vancouver.
I'm looking for feedback from folks that have done this route. Our primary goals are scenic beauty & wildlife viewing. Our travel would be in August & September.
How are the highways? Any cautions or probable issues? Recommended side trips along our route. Campgrounds with scenery and full hookups, full hookups required, scenery optional.
We travel in a 36' Country Coach Diesel. We will be towing a Ford Explorer.
All input is appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:55 PM   #2
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Banff to Jasper via Icefields Highway. Then Kamloops to Vancouver via #1. Don't take the "Coke" Coquihala Hwy., as it's pretty boring. Nice along Thompson and Fraser Rivers. Use "Allstays" app to find and call RV sites.

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Old 12-18-2016, 12:15 PM   #3
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Time of year?

We tend to get blast through so it depends the time of year. The Coquihalla is good road, bit less scenic. The Transcanada is more scenic and it has been getting a lot of upgrades, and while it makes it quicker (2 lane each way) and less risky, scenic = risky, so it is getting less scenic.

I've never sought a campground but I did take a car trip down from Revelstoke to Vancouver via 23, 6, and 3 through Castlegar and Osoyoos. You get to take a few inland ferries, and the road is good and it is very scenic.

I have taken #1 to bypass the Coquihalla, it is also good road and more attractive, HOWEVER, the summer is road repair season and these other two routes are 2 lane and if you are in a hurry you can be held up.
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:53 PM   #4
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A question such as this is very difficult to answer as you could litterly write a book for a reply. I have driven each of the various Vancouver to Alberta routes too many times to count and I try to switch them up each time. I'll be doing it again at least four times this summer, twice in the same time frame as you.

Primary highways are the Queen Elizabeth Hwy 2 North to the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 West all the way to Vancouver.
Though this seem to be the obvious route, it not the only one option and there are numerous alternate routes along the way. Hwy-3 is a very scenic route but slower and less busy. You can also get up to Hwy-1 (Trans-Canada) by Hwy-22, joining onto Hwy-1 west of Calgary. Hwy-2 is boring. Once you get to Kamloops, BC, continue west on the Trans-Canada even though most of the traffic will turn south on Hwy-5 (Coquihalla). Hwy-1 through the Fraser Canyon is very scenic.

How are the highways?
All of the above highways are paved two or 4-lane, in good condition with ample services along the way.

Any cautions or probable issues?
The only caution is to take your time and don't get frustrated by the summer tourism traffic. Also, fuel up in Alberta before you head west of Canmore as fuel prices are higher west of there and all the way through BC.

Recommended side trips along our route.
To many to list and they will be time dependant (how much time do you have).

Campgrounds with scenery and full hookups, full hookups required, scenery optional.
Avoid Canyon Hot Springs, west of Revelstoke, BC. There will be limited selection along the way and they will be busy until after the long weekend in early Sept. Check online listings and make reservations at least a few days ahead. You'll likely not need a sewer hookup each evening so keep that in mind as water/electrical only will make more sites available.
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:48 AM   #5
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Glacier NP to Vancouver Canada

I would like to thank everyone for your responses to my questions regarding the trip we are planning to take in late summer of 2017.
It sound as though we have great options in planning this trip.
Again Thanks,
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