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    Help with planning Canada Ride

    Hello everyone.....

    My summer riding buddies are planning this year's ride to British Columbia and Alberta in late July. None of us has ever ridden in Canada. We have a route planned for 3-days in Canada riding about 300 miles a day. The route includes in Canada Hwy 95, 93 to Banff, then Hwy 1 to Jasper, Hwy 16 to Hwy 5 south, Hwy 5A, Hwy 3, entering the U. S. again near Oroville, Washington. Here is a link to our whole route if anyone would like to look at it [URL="http://goo.gl/maps/lmTVq"]

    The roads tentatively selected are considered scenic according to Rand McNally and Google Earth confirms that the country is beautiful. Does anyone have suggestions for alternate highways that might be less traveled and more scenic. Looking for those special motorcycle roads that we might otherwise miss. We want to do all our ride on pavement.

    Now the real need for help. Where to stop at night. We like to stay in town within walking distance to good restaurants and maybe for some fun places to quench a thirst after a long day of riding. I would appreciate any suggestions about places for our evening stops from those of you that know this part of the country.

    We are excited about our trip and visiting Canada. Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.

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    Hwy 5 and 5A are not very good riding roads (read strait). See if you can change your plan to include Hwy 6. take in Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp. to Vernon.
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    Highway 93 - the Icefields Parkway - is absolutely gorgeous. Plan on a full day there, especially if you stop for pictures and/or take the snowcat ride up the Athabasca Glacier (cold but fun!).
    Banff is Big Bucks...
    93 takes you to Jasper - "1" is not involved there...
    South side of Jasper has a couple of decent campgrounds; Jasper has a couple of motels (haven't tried those).
    93 has NO motels or camping (as of last time I was there, just a few years ago) - just a primitive hostel intended for bicyclists.
    5 just south of 16 is Yalemont - best motel I found (after checking out 3) was the little place on the west side of the street; the diner across the street had positively AWFUL service (maybe because of my black leather and grubby beard?) but the bar next to them had good dinners.
    Revelstoke (along 1) has several hotels & motels; some are obviously high-end and some are obviously trash; I stayed at a place (forget the name, darn it; 2-story building) that catered to skiers and it was quite acceptable and included a hearty buffet breakfast.
    BMW shop is on the north side of Kelowna; good folk.
    Shouldn't be any trouble at all finding a decent cheapo motel in Golden, Kelowna, Vernon, Princeton, Kamloops...
    I was horrified at "Billboard Row" just south of Kelowna...

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    The BMW dealer is now south of Kelowna, in Westbank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinPH View Post
    The BMW dealer is now south of Kelowna, in Westbank.
    And different folks, but still good. They put me in their shop ahead of bookings to look after a busted sump on my F800GS a couple years ago.

    My suggestion is to skip Highway 1 whenever possible for other options. It's a busy highway in the summer months and never much fun to ride. You will be forced to get on it some, no way to completly avoid it if your going to Banff. I highly reccomend some time in the West Kootenay region south from Revelstoke on highway 23 to Nakusp, over to Kaslo or Nelson, or take highway 6 across to Vernon (heck, just go over it as far as Cherryville and back to Nakusp, you'll love the road). That area is some of the best riding in all of BC. If your inclined to venture onto gravel, then the possibilities become nearly endless.

    FYI, your map link is not working, it would easier to give more precise direction if we could see your route.
    Last edited by MCMXCIVRS; 03-14-2013 at 01:55 PM.
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