Campbell River to the Rockies....?

Old Nov 16th, 2003, 08:14 AM
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Campbell River to the Rockies....?

We're taking a Marine Link Aurora Explorer cruise next March (middle of the month)and hope to do further exploring at the end of that trip. Other than a quick day and a half in Victoria, this will be our first venture to BC, and it's a long-awaited one. But I have lots of questions and would appreciate any help out there.

How feasible would it be to try to get over to the Rockies, as well? What's preferable - driving or the train? How long would it take? What would the weather be like in the Rockies towards the end of March. And, for that matter, what sort of weather is likely for us on the cruise in that inland strait?

Thanks very much!
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Old Nov 16th, 2003, 09:40 AM
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As to the weather 'Inside' at that time expect wind, rain, fog, low cloud, cold rough seas and seasickness to boot-your timing couldn't be worse.
If you're fortunate to have a break in the weather-and it does happen-it will still be cold and rough but sunny-in fact sunny conditions are generally colder because heat escapes into the atmosphere.
Driving thru the Rockies is something people do every day-barring road closures due to storms.
How much experience do you have driving in mountains in winter?-it isn't for the faint hearted you know
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Old Nov 16th, 2003, 10:02 AM
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It's a long trip from Victoria to the Rockies, especially since you will be driving in winter. You can expect to see snow and ice, especially at the higher elevations. I would take it easy and do the drive in two days (about 6 hours per day).
Of course the Rockies (Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise) are beautiful in winter, and the skiing is usually great in mid-March.
At the end of March, the weather could be anything from warm and spring-like to very cold and wintery.
The conditions could range from warm & sunny with melting snow during the day (frosty and cold at night), to blizzard conditions (lots of wet heavy snow), to dry and very very cold.
It is difficult to predict for any particular day (huge variations from year to year).
Hope this helps in making your decision.
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Old Nov 16th, 2003, 11:21 AM
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Sounds like the Rockies will wait for another, less wintry, time. I appreciate the input!
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Geez. And you will miss the Canadian artillery shooting down avalanches at Rogers Pass in Glacier NP.
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