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StirCrazy

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Posted: 10/03/21 06:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok so for thanksgiving weekend we decided to leave the 5th wheel at home and do a three day loop from kamloops, to banff, to jasper then home with the truck camper.

so my question is between Kamloops and banff is there any good spots you can pull over for the evening besides truck stops and such. we are leaving thursday about supper time and I was intending on knocking two or three hours of driving off then stoping for the night, but I noticed 90% of the campgrounds have already shut down for the winter.

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Something you may want to consider as you head towards Banff:

I assume you'll take Hwy 1 through Golden. They are doing major roadwork on the twisties heading out of Golden and the road is closed a lot of the time. Depending when you go through you may have to detour via Radium. Check the DriveBC website for accurate info. I think they mentioned being open for Thanksgiving weekend last time I looked.

One place I have seen where there are places to stop is off Hwy 93 heading from Lake Louise towards Jasper. If you head north at the Sask Crossing turnoff there are a number of places where you can overnight including a few Government CGs. Not sure on their closing times though.

A lot depends on how far you will go in 1 day too.


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We re headed Salmon Arm to Calgary on Friday. Hiway fully open 8 Oct at noon to 12 Oct at noon MST.

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We covered part of the route this summer on our Ferry trip to Alaska, then through Canada. One of our favorite nights in our truck camper is the Beaver River Recreation Site. It is about 4 hours east on Kamloops on the way to Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper. It is near the town of McBride. Room for about five campers on a nice river. Check out this spot on free campsites.net. We also stayed at the Lake Louise overflow parking lot, about four or five miles south of Lake Louise on the road to Banff. Free overnight parking where the shuttles take tourists to Lake Louise. Enjoy your trip

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Flyboy320 wrote:

We re headed Salmon Arm to Calgary on Friday. Hiway fully open 8 Oct at noon to 12 Oct at noon MST.


Just saw that, was hoping it would have opened first thing friday morning.. might have to go to jasper first and come home that way.

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Try Waitabit Creek in Donald just off Hwy 1. If you want to take the long way round try Cherryville on Hwy 6.

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I love roadside areas over campgrounds, amongst my top picks are rest areas. There almost always picnic tables, walking trails if you have a puppy to dewater, often a scenic view, etc. Out of “tourist season” you often have the place to yourself.

In this case I’ve used the Wire Cache Rest Area several times in that area.

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Oh and when you are camped within sight of "someone" and "they" might "wonder what you are doing" and "report you" to "authorities"...

And said "authorities" roll up on your quiet peaceful camp where your tires are sitting on the ground god forbid,

Have a half bottle of whiskey in your hand when you answer the door.

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BobsYourUncle wrote:



One place I have seen where there are places to stop is off Hwy 93 heading from Lake Louise towards Jasper. If you head north at the Sask Crossing turnoff there are a number of places where you can overnight including a few Government CGs. Not sure on their closing times though.

A lot depends on how far you will go in 1 day too.


Parks Canada Rangers will stop and ask you to move on if they find you overnighting anywhere but in a campground. All campgrounds north of Saskatchewan Crossing are already closed for the winter. At Jasper, the Wapiti campground is open till Oct 11.

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