"Canadian Rockies - NW USA Road Trip" United States of America Travelogue by pedroswift

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2 Weeks On The Road- 4 US States&2Canada Provinces

Stopping spots: Seattle, WA – Tsawwassen, BC – Victoria, BC – Duncan, BC – Nanaimo, BC – Penticton, BC - Revelstoke , BC - Lake Louise, AB – Banff, AB - Turner Valley, AB – Calgary, AB - St Mary MT – Stevensville, MT – Council, ID - The Dalles, OR – Seattle, WA.
WA = Washington State. BC = Province of British Columbia. AB = Alberta. MT = Montana. ID = Idaho. OR = Oregon.
Note re car hire: Check well in advance with hire company re taking the car across the US/Canada border & nominate which U.S. states you will be visiting.(some companies limit your options!!)

day --miles driven -- Depart-Destination ---Notes-o/nite accom. dining. Hilite in bold type -- H/way # eg.66 italic.

Day 1 -- local – Seattle – Space Needle (2 hrs), pm rest Pacific Plaza Hotel then boat trip to Tillaccum Village for diner and show (4 hrs) returning at 2030.

Day 2 -- local -- Seattle, WA. Walk downtown to AAA to get maps then taxi to Pike Street Markets.
Pier 59 Omnidome theatre"Eruption of Mt St Helens" excellent. Tram (imported from Melbourne, Australia) to Pioneer Square

Day 3 --135 miles –Seattle to Tsawwassen BC. Via Interstate 5. Best Western. Dined in …excellent..

Day 4 -- 60 miles – Tsawwassen to Victoria BC Car ferry for 1.5 hr trip. Butchart Gardens. Lunch Blue Poppy Rest. South on 17 to Victoria. Drive around harbour. Drink at Empress Hotel. Check Houses of Parliament and Thunderbird Park. Dined Crystal Gardens.

Day 5 -- 40 miles – Victoria BC to Duncan BC. b/fast at Harbour Shopping Centre – Eatons. Lunch at Oak Bay Hotel trans-Canada 1 to Duncan. Best Western.

Nanaimo - Okanagan Valley- Banff - Calgary

Day 6 -- 31 miles – Duncan BC. – Nanaimo BC. Native Heritage Centre. 25mins audio visual presentation.; guided tour; drum making; totem carving; salmon cooking; weaving; gift shop & restaurant. Drove to Chemainus – city of murals. Nanaimo.

Day7 -- local – Nanaimo. – esoteric activities…Lacrosse Match.

Day 8 -- local – Nanaimo BC …. Salmon fishing am . pm drive to Cathedral Grove – big Western Red Cedars.

Day 9 – 380 miles - Nanaimo BC to Penticton BC.... Ferry to Horseshoe Bay (1.5 hrs) then through Vancouver on to Hwy 1 to Chilliwack – lunch. Keremeos to Penticton. Between 2 lakes very picturesque. Hotel Bowmont on lake.

Day 10 -- 160 miles – Penticton BC. – Revelstoke BC... drove to Sumac Ridge Winery for tasting. Thence west side of Lake Okanagan . Lots of fruit/vegs growing and for sale. Lunch at Earls. Then Mission Hills Winery. On to Vernon. North via Hwy 1 Revelstoke. Best Western. Ate in restaurant tried several ciders from local fruits.

Day 11 –145 miles -- Revelstoke BC to Lake Louise . Did Giant Cedars Trail in Mt Revelstoke National Park. Stopped Rogers Pass info centre for audio vis presentation .Lunch at Golden. Stopped to visit Lake Louise Chateau shopping foyer. Then to Lake Moraine. Walked around moraine. Stayed Mountaineer Motel. Dined Eidelweis Restaurant at Chateau. Very good food with a view.

Day 12 – 35 miles – Lake Louise AB to Banff..AB. Stopped at Siwapta Pass. To Columbia Ice Fields. Start of Athabasca Glacier. Took 1,5 hour snowcoach ride on icefields. Peyto Lake with milky stream feeding it. Crawfoot Glacier. Sunwapta Canyon. Stopped Banfshire Inn. Walked downtown. Ate bears claws.

Day 13 --120 miles – Banff to Turner Valley AB..... Indian shop in town then to Luxton Plains Indian Museum. To gondola on Sulphur Mtn. Lunch at top.
Looked at Banff Springs Hotel then east on Hwy 1 Canmore. South on Hwy 40 to Kananakis Country. ( Winter Olympics site in 1988) to Turner Valley Hotel

Day 14 – 40 miles – Turner Valley AB. - Calgary, AB... Calgary Stampede on so lots of activities in town & at venue..home after mid-night - Best Westrn.

Day 15 – 190 miles – Calgary AL to St. Mary MT …dep 1030 south on Hwy2. b/fast at Nanton. Waterton National Park. Visited Prince of Wales Hotel Waterton Lakes. Red Eagle Motor Inn just outside Glacier National Park. Basic. Run by Blackfeet Indians.

St Mary -Going t/t Sun - Hell'sCanyon - Columbia R

day --miles driven -- Depart-Destination ---Notes-o/nite accom. dining. Hilite in bold type -- H/way # eg.66 italic.

Day 16 -- 285 miles - St. Mary MT to Stevensville MT. Glacier Park to Logan Pass Visitors Centre Located at 6,646 feet above sea level along the Continental Divide, the summit of Going-to-the-Sun Road. This is the highest point at which you can drive your vehicle. Spectacular scenery-glaciers, hanging valleys,waterfalls, gorges. Kalispell for lunch. South to Flathead Lake on hwy 93. Polson.Through Missoula to Stevensville. Home stay.

Day 17 -- 290 miles – Stevensville MT to Council, ID... north then west Lolo Hot Springs. Lolo Pass at 5233ft. Coffee stop. Elk walkway. Clearwater National Forest area. Kooskia. Nez Perce Indian reservation. Climb up Clearwater South Fork Canyon to Grangeville. Across plateau then down to Riggins.Drive 19 miles to Heavens Gate Lookout about 3 hour detour off main road.(turn west after Riggins - some unsealed road)…views of 4 states. South on 95 to Council & Starlight Motel fair. Arrived late 2200.

Day 18 – 365 miles – Council, ID to The Dalles OR. early departure 0800 Cambridge on 95 then west on 71 crossing Snake River below Brownlee Dam. Then north on OR side toHells Canyon Dam & 3 hour jetboat tour of Hells Canyon up river…lunch included. Go as far as Sheep Rapids. Drove to Rattlesnake via hwy 84 NationalHistoric Centre Oregon Trail Centre - Flagstaff Hill near Baker City. Excellent. Baker to Le Grand scenic forests. Pendleton west rolling hills - agriculture. Into Columbia River Gorge to The Dalles Tillicum Inn.

Day 19 -- 220 miles – The Dalles OR to Seattle WA.... Drive down Oregon side of Columbia River Gorge. Stops at Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, Crown Point State Park, Dome Visitors Centre, Chantideer Lookout over Columbia River.All highlights!!

Shopped at factory outlets near Trout Lake. Then drove toMt St Helens Visitor Centre. Brilliant display. Bought the video. Drove to Seattle stayed near airport La Quinta Motor Inn car dropoff & flight out the next day.


Can't call it a Summary: So much to see & do - it has to be long.

2100 miles approx . Easily modified to fewer miles.14days +/- in easy stages
To see: 4 US States, 2 Canadian Provinces, including Vancouver Island, Prairies, Mountains, Volcano and Glacial landforms, major rivers, canyons & waterfalls. Calgary Stampede. Salmon Fishing. Jet boat ride. Many scenic byways. Wineries in Canada (will see others in OR &WA next trip). Also a Peace Park : The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park gazetted in 1932 it was the world's first International Peace park symbolising peace and friendship between the two countries.

Lots of great sites meaningful for both US citizens and visitors from afar.

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  • Aug 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    This sounds like such an exhausting trip, but fun. I like the way you formatted it too, showing how much of a sprint it was--kind of like those car wraps seattle where you get the bare bones of the story, just enough to tantalize, but not a whole lot of detail.


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