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Old 01-17-2016, 02:45 PM   #29
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We were in Banff May 30,2015 for 3 days and pictures show us wearing blue jeans and lightweight jackets, probably in the 50s and 60s. We stayed at Tunnel Mountain II in a pull thru site and the campground was only about 30% occupied. We had no reservations. Mountains were snow capped and roads were clear, easy driving. There was activity in town but no big crowds. If you want to splurge on a fabulous dinner, go to The Saltlik Steakhouse.
Good in-tell Plan to leave Memorial Day night from Ohio. Maybe 3 - 4 days to make it to MT. to enter Canada. Plan to stay at Tunnel Mtn. for a day or two, then Jasper for another 2-3 days. Could I be 100% sure the Route 93 between Banff and Jasper would be open June 5-10 ?
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Above for road reports. I can't see any reason other than a rock slide or accident Hwy 93 would not be open.

Historical Weather: Banff, AB - The Weather Network

Use above for historical weather, just enter the date range
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Be really odd if it were not open at that time of year.
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I don't know if such things are available now but. Way, way back in 1979 we rented a travelogue tape in Banff and played it all the way to Jasper. Plugged it in (an 8-track!) and the voice introduced itself and said turn me on at milepost XX. Listened, turned off, turned on at the next stated attraction, then did the same thing all the way north and returned the tape. I remember the rental was at a drugstore.
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With regards to weather I recall a few years back when the Trans-Canada Highway going through the National Parks was closed for a period of time due to flooding from the torrential rains that they had. I think it may have been from a overflowing river or stream.

Possibly someone that lives in that are would remember actually what occurred.

I just looked up on the Internet to find an article and it was in June 2013.

Parts of Calgary were under water.

HERE is one article with photos that I had found.

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We left Banff June 4,2015 and the road to Jasper was no problem. The weather was perfectly clear, fabulous sightseeing and little traffic. Great time to go! We stayed at Whistler CG with no reservations but it was busy on the weekend. Lots of elk walking thru this campground. Taking a walk, I almost stepped on a little one! Thank goodness mom wasn't around!
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With regards to weather I recall a few years back when the Trans-Canada Highway going through the National Parks was closed for a period of time due to flooding from the torrential rains that they had. I think it may have been from a overflowing river or stream.
I believe that was 2013, the Alcan was closed for almost a week. The only way to get around the washed out road was down and up the Cassier (1800 miles). Even when it re-opened there were sections of single lane road with pilot cars. One YouTube follower I saw said there were 500+ RV's parked along the city streets just waiting for word of when it might open.

You just have to play by mother natures rules....We might not like them or we question them...but they are what they are. I'm glad I'll have no place to go and all day to get there.
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We left Banff June 4,2015 and the road to Jasper was no problem. The weather was perfectly clear, fabulous sightseeing and little traffic. Great time to go! We stayed at Whistler CG with no reservations but it was busy on the weekend. Lots of elk walking thru this campground. Taking a walk, I almost stepped on a little one! Thank goodness mom wasn't around!
Gladie, what route did you take from Whistler to Jasper/Banff?
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My understanding was that he was speaking about the Whistlers Campground in Jasper NP, not the Whistler RV Park in Whistler BC.

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Thanks for the clarification.
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Question here: Surfing around the "fees" relating to Banff and Jasper area.

Link to fee page

What I'm I looking at?

~ Banff daily entrance fee ($18.60 family)

~ Tunnel Mountain Campground — Water, sewer, and electrical per night $38.20

~ Tunnel Mountain Campground — Unserviced with washroom building having toilets and showers $27.40

~ Whistlers Campground— Water, sewer, and electrical $38.20 per night

~ Fire Permit, per day $8.80 per day (Don't understand this one?, Is there a fee to have a evening campfire?)

~ Dump Station $8.80

~ Annual National Parks pass (family) $106.90

Say I'm staying at one of the national park campgrounds, do I pay the daily fee each day, or only if I leave the park and come back in?

If I purchase the annual pass (I'm assuming that is for a US resident) what other Canadian parks can I use it at on my way to Alaska?
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Question here: Surfing around the "fees" relating to Banff and Jasper area.
Whistlers Campground has 781 individual sites. The C$8 plus to have a fire is clearly meant as a discouragement.

The yearly entry pass fees are C$136.40 for a family and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday the 2016 pass is also good for all of 2017.

With an annual pass you get entry to all the 27 National Parks all across Canada as well as about 70 or so National Historic sites.

There are fees for individual campgrounds depending on the services offered. Full hookup or electricity only.
When you are registered in a campground the dumping and water fills are included.

Here is a link to a list of all of Canada's National Parks.

Parks Canada - National Parks List

On the way to Alaska is Kluane National Park. Certainly worth a google.

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Is that common about a fee to have a campfire. Does that apply to all of Canada?

Do the Provincial park campgrounds also have a campfire permit fee?

Do you happen to have a link to the latest fee page. The one I posted above was for 2010. Couldn't find a newer one.
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Here is the current link to Jasper National Park.

It has a list of fees for all the campgrounds in the park.

Parks Canada - Parks Canada - List of Fees

The next link is the main link where you can search the fees in any of Canadaís National Parks.

Parks Canada - Parks Canada - List of Fees

As far as I know in most busy National Parks you need a campfire permit.
Banff, Jasper, Mt. Revelstoke and Kluane all have a C$8.80 fee.
Yoho National Park does not.

I do not know of any Provincial Parks that do.

However, while we always try for a week or two in September in Jasper and Banff we havenít visited any Provincial Parks for a few years.
We are still at home an hour west of Edmonton. Planning to be off to AZ 1st week of February.
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