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Old 08-11-2022, 11:05 AM   #1
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Experience with Yellowhead Hwy - Jasper-Edmonton-Saskatoon-Winnipeg

I'm considering taking the Yellowhead Hwy on my return from Alaska. Does anyone have experience driving / camping on this route? I'm not seeing many campgrounds, so can you boondock in the rest areas?
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The Yellowhead ( #16 ) or the Northern Trans Canada , it has been a LOT of years since I was on the route ; but I believe you'll find rest areas are few and far between, and many of the small towns on the highway may have very basic RV parks that are not listed in a directory.
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This may help you. There were many other articles by doing a Google for 'Yellowhead Highway with a RV"

https://roamingrv.com/discover-canad...ad-highway-rv/
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The highway itself is a nice choice as it's 4 lane all the way. Just make sure to bypass around Edmonton to the North (NOT the South) on Anthony Henday Drive ("highway 214").

You may have to go a bit off the highway but there should be spots to stay. Around the Edmonton area, check out Wabamun Lake, Spring Lake or Elk Island National Park. I'm not sure what else would be along that route. Of course, Jasper is always nice but busy.
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It's the slower way to go east but an ok drive. There are some rest areas and I have even stayed on business frontage roads in small towns with no problems.
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Thanks everyone, this is good info and I know feel comfortable with taking the Yellowhead Highway towards home!
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Thanks everyone, this is good info and I know feel comfortable with taking the Yellowhead Highway towards home!
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If you have the Milepost there should be information on the Yellowhead.

Also, there are many YouTube videos on the Yellowhead. Here is one.
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Did the Yellowhead this year 2022. Less traffic on this route. Stayed at a lot of municipal campgrounds, some were full service and others were gravel lots ($20). My impression is that most towns have a campground, of some sort. According to Google, the difference between Vancouver to Portage la Prairie via #1 versus #16 is 1 hour! We have decided to use # 16 instead of #1 for our Ontario trips, from now on.
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Will second that most small towns along the route have campgrounds, some very basic. We have used Highway 16 West Campground in Saskatoon a couple of times, easy in and out and just outside of town. We have also spent time at a couple of campgrounds in Shoal Lake Manitoba. Both are beautiful spots, one on the lake and the other attached to the golf course. Not much for fine dining there but the golf course has typical cafe food and there are a couple of restaurants in town. Highway is not 4 lane all the way but the stretches in Manitoba have frequent passing lanes, 3rd lane so no worries about getting caught behind slow traffic for miles. Highways were in good condition.
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