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canadian rockies jul 2018

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canadian rockies jul 2018

hello all we'll be self driving through the canadian rockies starting in calgary and driving up to jasper. is there a specific road we should take? we're a little confused as i would like a scenic drive as opposed to getting from a to b

we already have the hotels booked in the different places so what we need is the following:-

1 scenic road drive from calgary to lake louise how long will it take?

2 scenic road drive from lake louise to jasper how long will it take?

3 do the roads have pull off areas so we can take pics etc or do we just stop by the road shoulder?

4 how many park passes do we need? we are a group of four travelling in the same car, we will be travelling from calgary to jasper from fri 6 jul to to thu 12 jul

5 where do we get them from?

thankyou any additional information is welcomed

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1. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

There really is only one logical road to take from Calgary to Jasper, if you are a tourist. From Calgary, take highway 1, the Transcanada, and from just beyond the Lake Louise junction, take highway 93, otherwise known as the Icefield Parkway.

This is a super scenic road, and merits driving it more than once, or once in each direction as views change and the changeable weather means you have more than one stab at getting a clear day, if you have time. If you were to drive the route without stops, it would take a bit more than 5 hours end to end, however, with all the sights along the most of the, way it could actually take you twice that amount of time. Yes, there are lots of places to pull off the road for photos, and most are signposted. When we know the rest of the trip plan, we can suggest how best to tackle a logical plan.

However, when you enter the first national park, Banff, near Canmore, you will need to pay the fee for your pass for those parks. Ask the ranger for maps. Those maps show all the viewpoints and other stopping points, so you can work out how far apart they all are. 1 pass for the car is all you need. When we know how long you are in the area, we can advise which of the passes to buy.

As you say you all have your hotels already booked (and I'm glad to hear that, as there's almost no accommodation left in the area), please lay out your itinerary, with the number of nights in each location. That way, we can offer help based on what you have.

You might also want to post on the Canadian Rockies forum where far more locals will offer their views, as well.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g659…

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2. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

Hi,

The Icefield Parkway is beautiful. There are many vista points you could stop. We took the whole day on the Icefield Parkway.

It is free to hike from Columbia Icefield trailhead. We (4) hiked there years ago. We didn’t want to pay for the tour.

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3. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

As suggested by SWT, post on the Canadian Rockies forum, and please do some basic research.

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4. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

google maps is a good tool to learn this will get you started https://goo.gl/maps/vxFgHuPwFXz

and you can do a virtual drive with streetview https://goo.gl/maps/QtH1a98kZwp and https://goo.gl/maps/dkLK9kmXzJL2

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5. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

thankyou for your prompt reply.................... we are driving from calgaryon 6 jul and driving to lake louise staying there for four nights then on10 jul driving to jasper for two nights. ive already made a note of the roads to take thankyou

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6. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

So why your questions, then?

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7. Re: canadian rockies jul 2018

Hi Brenda;

Since March 2016, Canada has had an entry requirement known as the “Electronic Travel Authorization”(eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa.

1) ONLY use the official Government of Canada website.

www.Canada.ca/eTA

2) Apply for an eTA as early as possible.

3) Wait to make any non-refundable purchases (flights, accommodations, etc) until *after* your eTA has been approved.

4) The eTA is NOT a Visa. It is only authorization to board a plane to Canada.

5) Without a valid eTA, you WILL be denied boarding by the airline.

Your eTA will remain valid for a period of 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

Best Regards

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