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Planning a 2 weeks trip to Canadian rockies

Apr 12th, 2011, 05:11 PM
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Thank you DaveS. I will call to book Lake O'Hara. I got Rimrock AAA rate of C$178+tax(6/19 - 6/24). Appreciate if you see a better rate elsewhere.
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Apr 12th, 2011, 05:36 PM
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Hi again,

Sounds like your planning is coming along.

>> I checked the list from stayinjasper.com. There are so
>> many of them and I just don't know how to choose from. We
>>(2)want a place that's very CLEAN, safe, quiet and
>> convienent. Are they reviews or rating info for these
>> homes?

Yes, the choices of private home accommodations can be a bit overwhelming. Some of the homes are listed and reviewed on tripadvisor.com and possibly other travel sites (you can always google the name, if you have a particular one of interest).

I think it's a good idea to use the search function to narrow down your choices - tick off various criteria that are important to you (queen bed, private bathroom, fridge, WiFi, etc), choose a price range. When you have a narrower range of choices, you can browse among them; some of them have another website linked, which usually will be their own site or a more detailed listing, with photos. Depending on when you are coming, there may be limited availability with some, so you might want to make enquiries with a few that seem good to you, and then finally choose among those that are available.

What do you mean by "convenient" ... convenient to what, exactly? The town of Jasper is only two miles long, with downtown in the centre - nowhere in town is more than a five minute drive to downtown (or about a twenty minute walk).
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Apr 12th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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Thanks Krp329. I will continue my search for Jasper, your info is very helpful. I didn't know that Jasper is such a small town. I just don't want to be in nobody's land.

I am hoping our dates are not quite as busy as July/August that we have more options for lodgings and etc.

What's the weather like in June?? I assume cool? BTW, we plan to take our puppy, a 7 months Maltese with us, I hope small pet is allowed in most places.

Thanks again.
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Apr 13th, 2011, 06:39 AM
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I know the Rimrock has a pet policy, a limited number of pet friendly rooms and charges $35=tax/day for a pet. You must book the room through their reservation desk.

The Rimrock is actually not in town--it is up the hill from Banff. We loved it there and they offer a shuttle to Banff.

When we travel and have refundable lodging, I often check a few times a week--or even daily, on www.kayak.com to see if anyone is offering specials. There were also specials offered at the Banff Springs Hotel for the week we visited. Since there are varying room sizes (some rooms are very small) at the Banff Springs and I was making arrangements for 3 couples, I booked the Rimrock. If it were just my husband and me travelling, I would have booked the Banff Springs
If you click on my name you will find my last trip report. It was in Sept. 2008.
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Apr 13th, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Bookmarking.
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Apr 13th, 2011, 01:43 PM
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Kristinelaine,

Sorry, what is "Bookmarking" ??
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Apr 13th, 2011, 02:30 PM
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LindainOhio,
I did find your trip report. Thanks for sharing all the info, very interesting and helpful.
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Apr 15th, 2011, 03:09 PM
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When you put "bookmarking" and submit it, the thread stays in a list of threads on which you yourself have commented, thereby making it easier to find when you want to read it again.
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Apr 16th, 2011, 10:27 PM
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Having a dog with you will likely limit your accommodation choices quite a lot. If you are thinking of home accommodations, "pets accepted" is one of the search items you can sort on. Out of curiosity, I tried that just now - there are only 20 homes (out of 110+ listed) that possibly accept pets (many listings say "enquire", which means they might).

There are a few hotels that that accept pets - the Marmot Lodge (part of the Mountain Park Lodges group, who have 5 hotel or cabin properties in the area), and possibly the Tonquin Inn, among others.

Pets are not allowed in restaurants in Canada, due to public health regulations.

June is not as busy as July and August; weekends in Jasper tend to be busier than mid-week nights in June, and it gets busier as you get later into the month - some school districts are out earlier in the month than others; there's a definite increase in the number of families travelling as you get later in the month.

Weather in June can be cool and rainy, we can also get some really nice weather - and long, long hours of daylight! (Jasper is at 53 degree north latitude). You can get climate normals and averages from the Environment Canada weather site. Here is their page for the current Jasper forecast: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/..._metric_e.html

click on the 'historical weather" link in the left hand menu, then "climate normals and average"; choose your location (Banff, Jasper etc.) and it will show you averages for high and low temperatures, precipitation, and also record highs and lows etc.
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Apr 16th, 2011, 10:30 PM
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Also, dogs are not allowed on the bus to Lake O'Hara. The only other way in is to walk - 11 km each way.
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Apr 18th, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Thanks so much for your info on traveling with pets. As now, we are considering leaving the puppy at home, may be it's better for the puppy too. Luckily, we have familis on the street I will check into the climate via your links. We're planning to bring layers of clothing and raincoats so to prepare for cold and warm weather. We have booked/confirmed most of our stays except one night still open. I am sure we will have a fantastic vacation to Rockies.

One more question. I booked one night @ Delta Sun Peaks the first night, is it a convienent place for a stopover? or should I try the Kamloops (Hampton Inn, 4 Pts etc)? I did not book the stopover on the way back from Banff to Vancouver because I don't know the best route to take in more sceneris along the way or just drive straight without stopping.

Currently, we have 4 nights @ Patricia Lake lodge, 5 nights @ Rimrock Resort. I am considering doing ONE night @ the L
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Apr 18th, 2011, 04:07 PM
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continue....

@ Lake Louise Chalets, since it's soooo beautiful, I'm getting mix reviews and just have to make our own decision.

Thanks so much for everyon's help. Fodors.com is great!
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Apr 19th, 2011, 06:38 PM
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Since you are staying at Patricia Lake, look up the WWII Project Habakkuk. The British government was planning on making a huge aircraft carrier out of ice. The pilot project of Sir Geoffrey Pyke was at Patricia Lake.
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Apr 19th, 2011, 07:17 PM
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Hi Blade,

I have been following this thread with great interest as we'll be driving from Vancouver (leaving 15th June) and travelling via Whistler, Lillooet, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff and Canmore to Calgary (arriving 24th June). We are staying at Patricia Lake on 19th, and it seems that you'll be also there on that night.

From Calgary we are off to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and the eastern provinces (NB, PEI & NS) before heading off home to Oz.

First time to Canada and looking forward to an amazing trip.

Brian in Australia.
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Apr 20th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Hi Brian,

Thanks for your note. Actually, we have changed our itinerary, leaving a few days later. Sounds like you got a very nice trip planned for your Canada's vacation. Have fun!
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Apr 25th, 2011, 10:02 AM
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I've never been to Sun Peaks but I hear it's nice. It's a bit of a detour off the main highway (1/2 hour?) but would be scenic, I think. Kamloops itself is nothing to get excited about - a convenient place for a stop-over, the usual shops and services etc.
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Apr 25th, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Again thank you krp329.

I'm a bit confused about Columbia Icefields/Icefields Parkway. I read something about one can only take the bus(Ice Explorer) to The Columbia Icefields or do the guided ice walks. Do we have to book the bus ride ahead? Or we can explore the Columbia Icefields on our own?

Is the route from Jasper to Banff named Icefields Parkway where we can drive and stop at many scenic lookout points(Peyto Lake, Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls..etc)? Is it same as HYW #93?
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Apr 28th, 2011, 08:27 PM
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I looked at the map and got answers myself

However, I have another question. There is a Glacier Vew Inn located at the South entrance of the Jasper Park, I think it's on the upper levels of the Icefield Centre or across from the Columbia Icefield, is this a good place for a one night stop from Jasper to Banff and do the Icewalk for that day? How far is this from the town of Jasper? or from the Patricia Lake Lodge?

Thank you.
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Apr 29th, 2011, 05:25 PM
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You can do the Icewalk on your drive from Jasper to Lake Louise. You won't need to overnight. We took a 3 hour hike, had a picnic and made several other stops.

I think if you drive the Icefields Parkway without stopping, it is about a 3 hour drive. It always takes us most of the day

I have never heard of the Lake Louise Chalets--do you mean Baker Creek Chalets? We have stayed there and they are very nice. I liked our cabin at Paradise Lodge better.
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Apr 30th, 2011, 07:31 AM
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Just to clarify--our hike was not on the glacier. We have never done a glacier walk. We have enjoyed hiking Wilcox Pass and Parker Ridge--I love the view from Parker Ridge--but you do have to hike switchback trail to get there.

I really think you need to try out hiking on this trip--You say you are not hikers but maybe you have just not had such a spectacular place to hike. The Canadian Rockies are a hiker's paradise.
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