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driving in Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by sly_karma, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Summit

    Summit Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm about to book accommodation in Jasper on 9th & 10th September...sounds like a plan :)
     
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    sly_karma Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Still you need to take a jacket.
     
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  3. chunky

    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    Looking forward to seeing the pics. We have contemplated a trip up there in the autumn.
     
  4. Summit

    Summit Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've been to Jasper once, 28 years ago. Picked up a car early morning in Seattle, drove to Jasper via Blue River (Hwy 5), getting there about 8pm for dinner at a pub with live music. You know how you spend your first day in Canada and there's a cover band doing good versions of Neil Young songs, so you have to stay for an extra beer, getting to your wilderness hostel north east of Jasper at about 10 with no electricity and a bear sighting alert...now that I've grown up a bit, might get to Jasper via a 4hr drive along the Columbia Parkway from Banff :D
     
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  5. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Like I say driving in Canada is easy.
    Footage from road trip Canmore to Calgary yesterday.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    A lot of creative parking there. And a Jamie Davis wet dream.
     
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  7. sly_karma

    sly_karma Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    One wonders how many of those people in the ditch really had to make their trip when they did.
     
  8. chunky

    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    Alex.C One of Us

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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What’s more important, AWD or tyres? One car hire place is advertising an Elantra with winter tyres. It’s just me and my skis would fit inside. Would that be better than chancing a Rav 4 or similar which could end up 2wd anyway?

    Calgary, Revelstoke return.
     
  11. sly_karma

    sly_karma Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is all you will need on 90% of days. If the weather is really snotty, you stay put anyway and ski pow. Read my first few posts in this thread, the most important tool you possess is the ability to set schedule aside and stay off the roads when it's bad.
     
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  12. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My only other trip to Canada, in the ‘80’s we had no experience with snow at all. Bought an old Ford Econovan, fitted it up with a bed and drove from Edmonton to Vancouver, via Banff, side trip to Jasper along the Icefields. Then through the Okanagans to Vancouver. It was late season but we skiied and saw snowy days. Drive back from the USA 6 months later through Montana to Edmonton, drove through more early snow. $20 retreads on the van LOL

    Sure overthinking things a lot this trip!
     
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  13. chunky

    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    No kids trip!
     
  14. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ll miss them! I won’t miss paying for them!
     
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    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    Yeah that's severely hampering our attempts to get back. Ski trips aren't the most cheap things to do.
     
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