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Posted: 06/01/12 10:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Polishnurse wrote:

As Artum said, yellowstone will most likely be closed, it's pretty high up and winter comes early. I wouldn't do it.

I would be inclined to suggest Yosemite instead. Do you really need to start in Canada?
Verify with the rental company what you expect in cold weather performance. Some RVs are ready.... others not so much.


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pt109 wrote:

Well thats not looking good then..So how do people get around up there for the ski season in Banff etc? So hiring a car would be a better option and staying in motels I guess.!?


If you have no choice but come during our winter then renting a car and staying hotels/motels is probably you only option. Winters here can be unpredictable and it would be in your best interest to be in a hotel/motel room during a bad snow storm than in a RV. As well, temperatures in the winter can get down to -40C with a wind. The warmest part of the country in the winter is the BC coast, and you could likely stay in an RV there, but then you'll be limited to where you can go.


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You have received good advice in the above posts so I will concentrate more on conditions you might find. As stated the west coast will likely be cloudy & wet. Interior valleys such as the Okanagan will likely be cloudy. Higher elevations and east of the Rockies get much more sunshine but are colder.
Temperatures in the higher elevations and east of the Rockies have extreme variations and can change quickly. Expect between +15C to
-35C. Winds, particularly east of the Rockies, can be strong. If this is combined with snow, falling or on the ground, driving can be ugly. Many drive faster than is safe which adds to the problem.
You want a flexible schedule so you can stay put when conditions are bad. Roads are plowed quickly after a storm & you can be on your way.
Exception, avalanches or threats of avalanches in mountain passes.
Travelling in cold weather, drive on the top half of your tank to avoid gas line freeze up, carry food, water, blankets & an extension cord to plug your vehicle in if very cold.
You will have about 8 hours of daylight and one hour twilight combined.
I'm not trying to discourage you, I think the mountains are at their most scenic during the winter. I think it could be a real experience for someone from Oz as long as you are prepared and recognize & respect the dangers.

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Do Vancouver area RV rental firms rent during the winter months, and are their units equipped for travel into the interior - snow tires and winterized fluids?

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You could come farther South to the US and then travel to the Colorade area. There are many ski areas not far from Denver. I don't ski but have heard the snow there is great. A couple of people from our Church make a couple trips a year to Aspen. We were in Yellowstone a few years back and there was a blizzard in June. In winter they have snowmobile trips through Yellowstone but most fly in for that.


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WE are going to Canada this time of year as its the only time we can because of work etc.We have a daughter who has just moved to Calgary and we intend to visit her.We land in Vancouver iin early Dec and want to go there via jasper-banff etc so a 4wd vehicle and motels we were thinking? Any suggestions? do we need to book hotels now. Pete and Ral


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pt109 wrote:

WE are going to Canada this time of year as its the only time we can because of work etc.We have a daughter who has just moved to Calgary and we intend to visit her.We land in Vancouver iin early Dec and want to go there via jasper-banff etc so a 4wd vehicle and motels we were thinking? Any suggestions? do we need to book hotels now. Pete and Ral


You will not need a 4 wheel drive if you are sticking to the highways. Snow tires and perhaps chains, but not 4 wheel drive.

It is not likely you would need reservation for hotels, except if you are travelling from Dec 23 to Jan 2.

We make the drive from Vancouver to Calgary fairly often and on the trips we have not had the RV, if it is not July, August or Christmas, New Years we have not had any problem finding a place to stay.

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WE are going to Canada this time of year as its the only time we can because of work etc.We have a daughter who has just moved to Calgary and we intend to visit her.We land in Vancouver iin early Dec and want to go there via jasper-banff etc so a 4wd vehicle and motels we were thinking? Any suggestions? do we need to book hotels now. Pete and Ral

The first section of your trip Vancouver-Hope follows the Fraser River & is flat. At Hope you have 2 choices, #1 or #5. 5 is four lane and faster but gets quite high and is subject to heavy snowfalls. If it is raining at Hope I would not take it as there will likely be heavy snow once you start to climb.. #1 will take 1.5 to 2 hours longer but is a decent road and much lower.
Again at Kamloops you have the same 2 highways to choose from. As you want to go to Jasper take #5 It follows the river so is a long gentle climb, not as scenic as #1 but a much better winter driving road. It is subject to heavy snowfall particularly up towards Valemount. When you get on #16 you will hopefully get a good view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies.
#93 the Icefield Parkway (Jasper to Lake Louise) is the most scenic part of your trip but needs special consideration.
There is no commercial traffic (trucks) allowed on this road and you are definitely off season so traffic will be sparse. There are some high areas and you do not want to be on this road in poor weather. It is not uncommon for this road to be closed for a day or two.. Pick a nice day both for the driving and the scenery. Jasper is a great place to be stuck in for a day or two if the weather isn't right for travel. This is a beautiful drive on a sunny winter day.
At Jasper visit the Maligne Canyon area, on 93 you should be able to get into the Peyto Lake viewpoint and for sure go up to Lake Louise.
I know you don't "need" 4 wheel drive or All wheel Drive but I would get one. Just remember on snow or ice things can go wrong and 4 wheel drive will not stop faster than 2 wheel drive.
There are snow tires and all season tires. You want snow tires. They are required by law in some parts of B.C.
I would suggest you do not book in advance. Doing so creates a perceived need to travel when perhaps you should not be doing so. Be flexible.
Remember days will be short and wildlife tends to come out on the roads around dusk. Running into a moose is definitely not recommended.
If you have any specific questions don't hesitate to PM me. We would like to see you have a safe & wonderful trip.

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Snow tires are required on all Moauntain Passes east of Hope BC, as well as any secondary Hwy in the Interior of BC, signs are posted. Most "almost all" rental vehicals do NOT come equipped with winter tires, you must specifically ask for them.
People are correct a 4X4 is not required however it will make the winter driving much easier on the roads that time of year, however yu must always use caution when driving on road in the late fall, winter and spring because of black ice.
Black ice is water or melted snow that freezes and then is either transparent on the pavement or looks just like a wet road. This is a major cause of accisents in the colder months. A quick thaw on a sunny day and then the temp drop that afternoon when the sun goes down. We have corners on the Hwy around here that we can always exspect 4 or 5 crashs a years from drivers that are not awear or forget about black ice. Black ice can be all over the Hwys in the colder months and where it will get you is on a corner when you least exspect it, so use caution on those shaded corners or just after the sun goes down.
As other have said you have to also remeber that just because you have a 4X4 it doesn't mean you will stop any faster than if you havs a 2 wheel drive. I have driven the road between Jasper and Banff in the winter a few times and it s not high on the priority list for the snow plow / sander after a snow storm so this also must be taken into consideration. However it has been 3 yeasr since our last trip up to Jasper at Xmas so things may have changed.
Do some research on winter driveing and the precautions that should be taken when traveling in the winter. We love to travel in the winter and do it all the time, however we are awear of the risks involved with it.
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Have a grea trip to the Great White North

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SideHillSoup wrote:

...always use caution when driving on road in the late fall, winter and spring because of black ice.
Black ice is water or melted snow that freezes and then is either transparent on the pavement or looks just like a wet road...
...just because you have a 4X4 it doesn't mean you will stop any faster than if you havs a 2 wheel drive...
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Words of wisdom. I grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado in the 1980's, and learning to drive in winter conditions was a real experience for me -- especially the part about 4wd not helping you to stop. The most feared words in the winter in Colorado are "I'm from Texas and I have 4-wheel drive."

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