which is prettier: Banff or Jasper

Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 07:33 AM
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which is prettier: Banff or Jasper

I would like to know if the Rocky Mountaineer trip from Vancouver is prettier on the Banff or Jasper route.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 07:44 AM
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Both routes are pretty, but the Banff route is a bit better than the Jasper route.
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Judy, thanks for your response. Why do you think the Banff route is better?
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The scenery in the vicinity of Rogers Pass, between Revelstoke and Golden, is impressive.

However, if you took the train to Jasper, you hopefully would still travel down the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise and thence to Banff. If that were the case, you still would get to see the beautiful scenery between Lake Louise and Banff.

But it's not as if the route to Jasper is ugly. On that route you see Mount Robson and other beautiful sights.

I've spent almost 30 years looking for the ugly route from Vancouver to the Rockies, and have yet to find it.
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I agree with Judy.

The best route would be a rather winding one.

As a compromise, I suggest driving from Vancouver to Manning Provincial Park in the southern part of BC, somewhat east of Hope.

There is a decent lodge there, with a fair dining room. Not bad, not gourmet.

From there continue to Kelowna and turn east toward the town of Nakusp.

Drive north along the Columbia (mostly lakes at this point) to Revelstoke.

At Revelstoke join the Trans Canada to ascend Rogers Pass. If you have time, stop at Mount Revelstoke and see the sights.

Continue on to Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park and take a look at the jagged peaks of the Selkirks and the Purcells.

From Rogers Pass continue on to Golden and ascend from the Rocky Mountain Trench to the top of Kicking Horse Pass in Yoho National Park.

At this point you are close to Lake Louise and the southern terminus of the Icefields Parkway.

To me the Icefields Parkway is worth the trip. It is highly spectacular for at least 80 to 90 miles of the total journey.

If you drive all the way to Jasper, I think you will be glad you did.

Mt. Robson is near Jasper, a few k over the border back into British Columbia.
It, too, is quite a sight.

If I had to pick just one route out of several, I would drive the one I just suggested as first choice.

There is so much to see out there that I keep going back to see what I missed earlier.

I am not going to make it out there this summer, so I feel deprived already. I sent my son and his wife instead and they came back glowing over the experience. It was NOT their first time out there, either!!
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