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Hey boys and gals? A few us boys are heading out west from Sask to do a Rockies and BC tour. I need to know which are the premier roads. We'll be taking off from Calgary and that's as far as we've got to date.

I'm thinking Kamloops, Kelowna etc. but it's been forever since I've been down there. However, I need to know the best.

Lemme know y'all. Thinkin' August.

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If the mess from the floods is cleaned up in the Shuswap area, it's a great area. A little busy at times of course. In June I travelled from Red Deer to Highway 1 to Sicamous. Then 97a south eventually to Osoyoos. Then Highway 3 East through the Kootenays eventually hooking up with #1 by Banff. #3 was a blast even though it was wet. Many curves and elevation changes. If my travelling partner would've had another day, I would have taken #3 through the Crowsnest Pass back into Alberta. Beautiful but windy down there.
 

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Hey boys and gals? A few us boys are heading out west from Sask to do a Rockies and BC tour. I need to know which are the premier roads. We'll be taking off from Calgary and that's as far as we've got to date.

I'm thinking Kamloops, Kelowna etc. but it's been forever since I've been down there. However, I need to know the best.

Lemme know y'all. Thinkin' August.

Peace.
You should go north on Hyw 22 at Cochrane west of Calgary then west on Hwy 11 to Hwy 93 the Jasper / Banff Park connector. See the ice fields then south on 93 to Hwy 3 near Cranbrook then west. Then go north on Hwy 33 at Rock Creek to Kelowna. Then north on Hwy 97 to Vernon continue north on Hwy 97A to Sicamous. From there at Hwy 1 (trans- Canada) return to Calgary via Hwy 1 or head west ?

This route would be a trip you will remember the rest of your life.cheers


PS; I would make sure you have warm clothing for this trip remember you are in the mountains and the weather can change very quickly. In August of 1986 I was riding through YOHO national park on Hwy 1 and only had my leather jacket, vest, and rain suit when I ran into a snow storm. It was warn enough it melted as it hit the pavement but was building up on the shoulders. I got a mild case of hypothermia.
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Yeah how could I forget #93 (Icefields Parkway)! Probably the prettiest road in Western Canada. And yeah, dress warm. There's a couple places where you will get close to the snow line for sure.
 

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There are lots of different options and opinions. If I were doing a tour, I would go:

-West from Calgary on #8 to 22, then south on 22 to Bragg Creek. Then make your way a bit south from Bragg Creek, then east a bit to pick up the 22 south again, all the way to Longview Alberta. Alternate: south from Calgary on #2 to 22X, then west to 22 south, then south to Longview, Alberta.

-west from Longview into Kananaskis Country to highway 40, then North on 40 over the Kananaskis Pass past the Kananaskis Village/Nakiska to Highway 1. East on Highway 1 to Cochrane interchange, then North on 22 through Cochrane, etc to Rocky Mountain House would be nice. [Downside - you miss Banff, but alternate is described below.]

-north on 22 to 11, then west on 11 to Saskatchewan River Crossing, then 93 North (Icefields Parkway) to Jasper. Or, rather than east on #1 from 40, continue West on #1 through Banff to Lake Louise [upside - you get Banff], then North from lake Louise on #3 (Icefields Parkway), across Bow Summit, past icefields, to Jasper. Looking for a place to stay with money as no object? Jasper Park Lodge.

-from Jasper, backtrack on 93 southward to Lake Louise, then west on #1 through to Sicamous, BC.

- Unfortunately this involves riding on #1 with all the ill mannered drivers trying to get from Calgary to BC in the shortest time, but on the bright side you get the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Giant Cedars stop etc. If your taste as an adult is a bit quirky, check out the Enchanted Forest!! (the kids love it). #1 should not have any closures due to landslides by August but you need to monitor DriveBC.com for that because it has been a bad year due to all the rain and snowpack...our national highway, closed for hours or days due to mudslides...welcome to the 21st century.

- at Sicamous, south on 97A to Vernon. The flooding in Shuswap is done for the year. Check DriveBC.com, because if they are still doing road work on 97A south of Sicamous to repair the flood washout in late June, then go further west to Salmon Arm and south on 97B to Vernon.

-at Vernon, some folks would go south through Penticton and the like. I've not been through there in years, and the road from Vernon to Kelowna is awful, all heavy traffic and RVs. But once in Kelowna, there is the 33 from Kelowna to 3, which I suspect is nice but I've never ridden it. Personally, I would turn east from Vernon on #6 toward Lumby. This is a lovely road that takes you over the Monashee Pass to the ferry at Needles. At Needles, take the cable ferry across Arrow Lakes then on the other side you must go north on 6 to Nakusp. At Nakusp, head south on 6 through the Slocan Valley. That is also a beautiful road, high above the Slocan Lake.

-there are a few options once nearing the south end of the Slocan Valley, I would personally take the turn off 6 just north of Castlegar to Nelson, BC, then the 3A to Balfour and take the Osprey 2000 ferry across Kootenay Lake to Crawford Bay.

- from Crawford Bay, south on 6 to Salmo.

-from Salmo, east on 3 (Crowsnest Highway) to 22 in Alberta, then north on 22 toward Calgary.

This is all highway travel, if you are looking for back roads that is a different proposition.

Don't know how long a ride you are looking for. What I've described above is a long way, for example from Salmon Arm on the south route to Calgary is over 1100 km. anyhow you can look at the distances on a map.

Remember that in BC they have a new law where they seize and impound (for 7 days) speeding vehicles over a certain limit (I believe if you are clocked at 40 or more KmH over the limit, but check that) and many a motorcyclist finds himself or herself on foot these days in BC.

To travel on 93 between Lake Louise and Jasper you need a national park pass, there are road checks on both ends to make sure you have one.

I don't tend to ride west of Salmon Arm toward Kamloops so I don't have much to say about that. One ride I've contemplated but not got around to is, from Salmon Arm going west on 1 to Kamloops, then taking the 5A south from Kamloops, then pick up the 3 east, then pick a highway to go north to Kelowna. If you did that, you could still make you way to Vernon and catch the 6 east through Lumby and make you way down through Nelson etc.

A lot of those smaller BC highways are twisty and poor visibility in turns, beware of oncoming traffic (maybe in YOUR lane)

Hope this gives you some ideas. On the driveBC site you can look at some of these places on their webcams, might help you visualize small parts of it.
 

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PS

If coming back east on 3, you could turn north at Cranbrook BC and head to Radium then south on 93 through Kootenay Crossing to #1, then east to Banff and Calgary. The 93 out of Radium is another lovely highway.
 

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Wow

Thanks for all the responses. You are all making this a hell of a lot easier. I'm gonna sit down and start mapping this all out asap.

Thanks again for the unreal responses. Really looking forward to this trip.

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In case you are interested, I'll post a couple pictures from a ride yesterday on the 541 west out of Longview and highway 40 north to TransCanada #1. I put them on an Alberta thread in this section too.

541 west out of Longview toward Kananaskis Country:



Near the Highwood Pass on #40 northbound:



Mountains near Peter Lougheed park on #40:



Rock glacier on #40 near Highwood Pass:



hope this helps...
 

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Unreal.

Thanks, Kanye. Those types of roads are exactly what we're looking for. The more I see and read from you all the more pumped I am for this trip.

Been mapping like a mofo here lately.

Thank again and I hope all these killer responses are helping to bring some more riders out your way for some beauty riding.

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Man. Sometimes I take for granted how beautiful our province is. I know what I'm doing on my next days off!
 

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Icefields Parkway

These pics are from the Icefields Parkway north from Lake Louise to Jasper. They were taken in very early June last year and this year, now there will be less snow and lots of RVs...

Northbound on Parkers Ridge toward icefields centre:



Glacier tongue at Icefields Centre:



I was up through lake louise and golden last Thursday evening, it was rainy and starting to cool off in the evenings when the mountains shade the highway, mostly 8C to 12C around 7 pm.
 
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