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Old 01-26-2014, 11:44 AM   #15
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Wow, what a huge question. We've got sure a big country and lots to see. If you are crossing from Wash then there are basicly 2 major routes across our great space. First the already posted idea to travel to Banff. The best way to travel through the mountains is on Trans Canada #1. Is one heck of a trip. It's like every turn in the road gives you another calender shot through your windshield. So many places to stop on see and things to do. Personally, realy like the Revelstoke area. Great town, lots to do and see. As you travel on #1 east, the area around Golden is steep and slow. Look for mountain goats, all over. Next is Banff. You may be little disapointed with Banff if you are thinking quaint little town. Absolutely beautiful (National Park so our gov has pumped lots of coin in the area to perfect it), but during peak of summer, crowded, packed, and you pay the tourist premium price for everything. While in Banff you have to check out Lake Louise, you will kick yourself after if you don't. Also when in Banff, take a trip to Moraine Lake (it is the picture on the back of our $20 dollar bills). Lots of people hold up a $20 and take a pic with the backround being the same as the bill. Kind of cool thing to do. You can do Lake Louise and Maraine in the same afternoon. Also take the gondola ride up the side of the mountain in Banff. Another photo op. From Banff you have 2 options. First stay on #1 east, takes you through Calgary, foothills, and then the flat lands of Saskatchewan (by the way the Provinces of Alberta and Manitoba produce more wheat than the rest of the world combined....Saskatchewan produces more wheat than Alberta and Manitoba combined, guess what you will be seeing as you drive the #1 hwy east). Second, but would be my first choice would be to travel from Banff to Jasper then the #16 Yellowhead Hwy through Edmonton and Saskatoon. On way from Banff to Jasper you can stop at the Columbia ice fields (go walk on a glacier and stuff like that, personally, have enough of winter don't need to see snow in the summer lol). Jasper is what Banff was 20-25 years ago. You will enjoy it huge. If you wake up and there's an Elk outside your motorhome, don't piss it off. They are big, look gentle, but are wild animals, let them graze their way by. #16 to Edmonton to Saskatoon is a very nice drive. Probably what most Americans picture Canada as.
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Saskatoon is a beautiful city and lots to see and do there. From Saskatoon you will again have a route choice. Continue on #16 into Manitoba or go south on #11 to Regina where you can get back on the #1 east. At this point would head south to Regina (#16 will be more of what you just saw from Edmonton to Saskatoon). In Regina, if you can co-ordinate, go to a Saskatchewan Rough Riders football game (though I don't have much use for Canadian football, kind of mickey mouse a Rider game is well worth the ticket). Think a Green Bay and Notre Dame Game fans on steroids, that's Rider Pride. They're crazy. Worth the ticket just to see the people (like Raiders and Saints fans but painted green lol). From Regina take the #1 east to Winnipeg. You'll see all the wheat fields you'll need to see for the rest of your life. On the way, the Qu'Appelle valley is a beautiful area to camp. Nice travels on #1. Not near as busy as any American major interstates. Road a little rougher in Manitoba. Our provincial gov needs to spend more on road repair but still a nice ride.
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Once in Winnipeg, like Saskatoon, lots to do. Worth taking a trip north from Winnipeg to Gimili for a day or two (town on south west side of Lake Winnipeg which is the 7th largest freshwater lake in the world) Gimili is the largest settlement of Icelantic people outside of Iceland. Gimili is about 45 min north of Winnipeg. We make our home in Winnipeg so can let you know all you would like so just PM me for ideas. One place you will have to visit in Winnipeg is the Forks. Very developed area downtown Winnipeg where our two major rivers meet. From Winnipeg you will again have a route decision. Continue on #1 east, north shore Lake Superior (which is beautiful but a tough hwy to drive, not divided, lots of trucks, and vast areas of bush). If you go this way, make sure you have an eye on your fuel for not many places to fuel. If you go this way top off your tanks in Wawa. From #1 you can cross into Mich at Sault Ste. Marie. Or the second route from Winnipeg is to take #75 south crossing the border at Emerson/Pembina and take I29 to Grand Forks. From Grand Forks take #2 east to Mich. Northern Minnesota is beautiful. Great ride on #2.
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Now some things to know about Canada and Canadians. First, it is big and everything is well spaced out. Long time to get everywhere. As to Temp, you can walk on a glacier one day and the next be on the open prairies where it is plus 100 degrees F. As I sit here expecting -44 tonight I know that summer will bring incredible hot weather, beer drinking temps (how about that for steriotyping eh?). Which probably explains why we as a people are so laid back. You will find your time here relaxed. Yes everything is more expensive than the Sates (how do you figure our gov can offer free health care, tax everything). Gas is more expensive, food is more expensive, spirits are more expensive but then again Orlando has an 8% mouse tax so you get what you pay for lol. We have an interesting relationship, Canadians and Americans. We are so different yet the same. Think of it this way, when we hosted the last winter Olymipcs the greatest social difficulty was alcohalism in the streets of Vancouver, this year in Sochi, it is definitely terrorism. During the last Olympics Tom Brokaw explained our relationship the best. have included the link. For more info please feel free to PM me. Safe travels
Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans - YouTube
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Thanks to luvmydolphin for the Tom Brokaw link. It's a great watch.

I understand Canada has a limit on the amount of time people can spend inside the country as a tourist. Does anybody know how long that time limit is?

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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