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paris138 May 12th, 2004 04:12 AM

Driving from Banff to Whistler
Hi, I plan to drive from Banff to Whistler in Septmeber. Anybody have any tips on route, distance, journey duration etc.
Any assistance appreciated.

Judy_in_Calgary May 12th, 2004 06:20 AM

Mapquest ( ) quotes the distance as 496 miles (798 km) and the driving time as 11 hours (not counting stops, of course).

Mapquest's suggested route goes through Golden, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Cache Creek and Lillooet.

As far as this route is concerned, I've only driven the Banff - Kamloops leg, not Kamloops - Whistler.

In theory it could be done in a day. We've done Calgary - Vancouver in a day. If you've never done this journey before, however, there are many beautiful and interesting things to stop and see. If you can afford the time, it would be nice to spread the journey over two days.

Kamloops would be quite a convenient place to stop for the night. It isn't a spectacular town, but it has a reasonable selection of hotels and motels.

In a previous thread, you asked about driving from Vancouver to Jasper.

If you're going to drive from Vancouver to Jasper and then from Banff to Whistler, you'll be driving in a giant X. I don't know if you want to consider a more circular route : Vancouver - Whistler - Jasper - Banff - back to Vancouver.

I haven't driven from Whistler to Jasper, so cannot comment on the scenery from personal experience. I've heard there are some lovely waterfalls in Wells Gray Park. Seeing them would involve taking a detour from the main road.

Mapquest states that Whistler - Jasper takes 10 hours. If you want to stop at scenic lookouts and places of interest, that too may be a journey that merits 2 days, if your time permits.

paris138 May 13th, 2004 05:59 AM

Thanks Judy_in_Calgary for the helpful advise. Much appreciated.

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