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Old 01-28-2023, 04:17 PM   #1
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Canada Hwy 1

We plan on driving from Calgary to Winnepeg this summer on Canada Hwy 1 after visiting Jasper, Banff etc in our motorhome towing our equinox. Has anyone traveled this route and had problems finding gasoline? Any good places to camp along the way?

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Hiway 1 is also known as the Trans Canada hiway. It is the main road crossing Canada, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. No problems with gas or accommodation along your route.
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Did the same route in reverse on our motorcycle.. No problems finding gas or accomodations.. Its a pretty boring ride though. Stop in and see Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw info center..
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What time in the summer?

July 1 is Canada Day, it's like our 4th of July and you better have reservations way in advance.
We showed up in Calgary on Canada Day and couldn't find a campground until we hit Edmonton. We now know when Canada Day is...lol

Oh...All those fields of yellow flowers....Those are Canola plants. That's where all your Canola oil comes from. At first I thought it was wild mustard plants.

I assume you know you need a passport. Do you have pets with you? Or guns?
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Canada is a very civilised place having all of the modern conveniences that the US does. This includes numerous gas stations along major highways.

As a non US or Canadian citizen it kills me to see the very common US perception of Canada as being some cold uninhabited place with polar bears, wolves bears & errant hockey pucks flying around.
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I have traveled in southern Canada from my home in the US. I found excellent accommodations. I have not had to duck hockey pucks in either country. The only difference is that campgrounds open late in the year and close early compared to most places in the US.

On the other hand I have traveled many place in the US and occasionally found places where I definitely needed to fill up before entering and accommodations are pretty much do it yourself.
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Old 01-29-2023, 09:06 AM   #7
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We find 50 amp sites are less common in Canada. Plan accordingly.
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There's not much of interest along that stretch of road (just like crossing the U.S. Plains states) but yes, you'll find fuel, etc.; although it may be more expensive than cutting down to U.S. Hwy 2 and taking that across to wherever you're going.
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I canít see what your set up is as Iím in the mobile app. Donít know if youíve got kids or how old. Right by Calgary (if youíve had your fill of the Rockies or are just on your way) thereís an amusement park. Calloway I think. They have 50 amp service And a big rig friendly campground. If you can time your visit with the Stampede, they run a shuttle to it as well from that park.

If youíve got a toad or a vehicle of some sort, Johnston Canyon is nice itís between Banff and Lake Louise.

The zoo in Calgary is decent too. Good size. One day walkable - Easy.

Iíd also check out dinosaur provincial park near Drumheller, Alberta and the Royal Tyrell museum. Pretty cool.

If youíre looking for 50 amp around Regina on your way to Winnipeg, Iíd check out Sherwood Forest Country Club. Itís a golf course, but theyíve got 50 amp hook-ups. We used them about 10 years ago. The club house had decent food and it was pretty quiet and laid back.

There arenít a lot of truck stops compared to the US, so plan ahead! Enjoy your trip!
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Sorry Two Gypsies with due respect, I totally disagree with your statement that there's not much of interest in that stretch. A total misconception by many that don't dig deep prior to making a trip.

We typically leave Calgary and stop at Moosejaw (underground tunnels and more from Al Capone type days). We stay without hookups at the Visitor info centre there with the big moose statue.

We also enjoy a stop break in Medicine Hat at the big Teepee with all it's info boards and dream catchers etc.

Same with Winnipeg, we did a ton of walking around and have overnighted at both their casinos with their blessing at different times. The Forks and the historic district, The Canadian Mint and lots of other things. Check out google again here!

If one's not in a rush and prepared to get off the main highway a little there's a lot worth seeing Qu'appelle Valley, various lakes, wildlife, fishing (don't forget some of the spillways!) and Cypress Hills provincial park that straddles the Alberta/Sask border.

If you google things to do in the areas you will be passing through you might be surprised just how much there is to see and do if you dig deep enough.
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Moose Jaw does offer some unique tourist experiences. 2 day stop would cover it all. As already mentioned, Tunnels of Moose Jaw...a very interesting and educational experience. Al Capone hiding out during Prohibition. Up by the big Moose is the Western Development Museum which offers a look at early farming days on the prairies. There is also a great display dedicated to our Air Force air demonstration team, the SNOWBIRDS. Their home base is south of the city so you may see them flying if they are not on the road.

www.tunnelsofmoosejaw.com

https://wdm.ca/moose-jaw/
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Thanks everyone for your input. We will be traveling in out 2015 Winnebago vista 31ke so 30amp service is all we need. Am also considering Hwy 2 across the top of the US. We will be passing through that area in the later part of July.

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We have driven portions of both and find Hwy 2 is a lot more interesting. Sorry Canucks. Calgary was very nice however. We were at the Stampede a few years back and loved it. I would highly recommend that as well as Banff. That trip we left Medicine Hat and went south to Hwy 2 in Montana.
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If you can work in the Stampede it really worth it.

https://www.calgarystampede.com
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