Canada Driving Holiday Advice Wanter...Please!
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 26, 2013 8:43 AM Last Post By: travelinstyle46
Feb 21, 2013 7:57 AM
Canada Driving Holiday Advice Wanter...Please!Hi Folks....
My wife & I are coming over to Canada on holiday in May/June...first visiting relatives in Edmonton and Calgary, then planning to drive down/across country to London Ontario.
Thought we might go down into Montana/Dakota and across.... Any tips????
What are good places to stop along the way ? We plan to take up to 10 days or so...so we don't need to cover great distances every day !!!!!
PS We have driven the Banff/Jasper road few ties and love it !!!!!
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51. Will you have VISA clearance to travel to the US?
2. Mapquest suggests it is a longer route. There is a lot of open sky.
2. Canada Border Services warned us of travel issues along the Montana/Dakota border (Dickinson area was the concern last summer, it will have shifted slightly). So much oil related construction that roads are dangerous due to amount of heavy equipment. Accomodations almost impossible to find & expensive. And a bit of the wild west mentality with brawls easy to find (not idea for a foreigner!).
What are your interests that you are thinking of taking this route?
Feb 25, 2013 9:43 AM
7This somewhat conflicts with your other thread re drop-off charges.
The drive through the US using I-90 and I-94 is more scenic than the Trans Canada from Calgary to Toronto. Dropping farther south to the I-80 or even lower to the I-70 connect to I-80 even more so. These routes allow taking in places like Yellowstone or Arches Nat. Monument, Vail, Denver.
I have driven all of the routes including the Trans Canada. It would be my last choice if I wasn't in a hurry. If it is your first time in the area I might even go as far south as the Grand Canyon North Rim before heading east towards Chicago and Detroit. All depends on how much time and money you have available.
There is no ignoring the drop-off charge you posted on your other thread about though.
Feb 26, 2013 4:04 AM
8Thought we might go down into Montana/Dakota and across.... Any tips????
Near Tilley/Brooks: Dinosaur Park (Unesco WH)
Theodore National Monument Park and Medora
or from Medicine Hat more east through Estevan to Washburn (Lewis and Clark)
Bismarck (Fort Mandan)
Alternative, from Minot through Devil's Lake but don't know Devil's Lake in May.
(This year my trip in reverse is about the same, from Toronto to Bismarck leg through Saulte Ste Marie, Duluth and Fargo
BTW. Partly adviced by friends/relatives living in Tilley and Bismarck; partly traveled some years ago.
Can't compare but I94 (Bismarck - Billings) pretty boring.
Again, it's partly from (experted) hearsay and I like this thread's content, due to our planned road-trip in May.
Feb 26, 2013 8:43 AM
9Like I said arizona, the farther south you drop the more interesting the drive is. My last time across (3.5 years ago) I drove from Osoyoos, BC to Toronto.
South to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; planned to take in Yellowstone enroute but a weather front made it impractical so continued south instead to I-70 and visited Moab and Arches; then through Vail (have a friend living there) and Denver; Denver to Chicago hasn't got much to see.
The stretch of I-70 through the Glenwood Canyon is one of the most scenic pieces of road in America. Instead of blasting and bulldozing to widen the road when the time came, they used the existing road bed for one way traffic and built the road in the other direction up on stilts so to speak. For once scenic beauty won over the expediency of blasting and bulldoziing.
Photos here: http://www.google.ca/search?q=building+I-70+Glenwood+canyon&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=O-UsUYb7Ec6J2AWX2IGoCA&ved=0CD4QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=687
It's all about time and money of course. The shortest route, the cheapest route (usually involves cheaper US gas prices) vs. the more scenic routes.
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