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Old 12-02-12, 08:40 PM
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Icefields Parkway area CC tour itinerary?

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Machka mentioned that a CC tour of the Icefields Parkway was doable. She gave a few suggestions.

I really did not want to steal the OPs thread so I decided to make my own.

Can someone provide a 10 day CC tour itinerary suggestion of the area? I'd like to keep my daily mileage sub 50 miles a day with the possibility of no more tha 60 miles a day later in the tour.

It would be nice if there were a few cheaper places to stay but I am guessing that is a tall order for the region.

How soon in advance do I need to make reservations?
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CC? Cross-country? Cyclo-cross? Credit-card?

When would you like to go? If you're thinking July ... you'd better be on the phone making reservations now. But if you're thinking June or late-August, you might have some time to play with.

By cheaper accommodations, you're looking at hostels. The hostels are often small and full during the peak of the summer. Here's all the information you need about the hostels: http://www.hihostels.ca/ As far as I know, all the hostels along the Icefield Parkway are Hostelling International, so that list should be comprehensive. Outside of hostels, you'll probably be lucky to get a room for less than $150.

As for distances, they come in kilometres in Canada .. the signs will all be in kilometres, and if you can start thinking kilometres early it may help with some of your travel calculations. 50 miles = 80 km. 60 miles = 100 km. (approximately).

As for a route, let me call up a map and have a quick look ...
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Time of year would be the warmest so maybe July or August?

Yeah I was thinking the sooner the better on reservations.


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So less then 80km at the start of the tour and less then 60lm later on.

I looked at hostels. The ones in the park are pretty rustic which would not be an issue for a night or two I guess. But not sure if you need to bring your own sleeping bag. If so it might not be worth it just for a night or two.

Thanks for the help!
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Jasper to Banff is 290 km, and back is 580 km. Divide that by 80 km/day = about 7 days. And then, on the way by, you could ride out Hwy 11 and back for 2-3 days.

If you look at the list of hostels in combination with a map, you'll get an idea of where they are located and how you might want to divide your day to correspond with the hostels.
http://www.hihostels.ca/1084/Home/Ca...ex.hostel?p=ab

You can also go to Google Maps and type "Accommodations near Jasper" in the top search box. As you scroll down the Icefield Parkway route, you'll see accommodations. Some will also list prices and reviews.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Time of year would be the warmest so maybe July or August?

I looked at hostels. The ones in the park are pretty rustic which would not be an issue for a night or two I guess. But not sure if you need to bring your own sleeping bag. If so it might not be worth it just for a night or two.

Thanks for the help!
July might be the warmest, but it is also the busiest month. The highway will be thick with RVs, the lookouts will be clogged with tourists, and the accommodations will be booked ... and expensive. Banff will be a zoo. I've been there in July, and could hardly move (walking, cycling, or driving) for all the people.

By contrast, I've also been there in late August (Rowan and I did a short tour of Hwy 11 from Red Deer to Saskatchewan River Crossing and then down to Banff), and the place was almost deserted. Our choice of campsites, and we could have acquired a room at the Saskatchewan River Crossing resort if we had wanted it when we rolled up.


You would have to contact the hostels to find out what you'd need to provide. I haven't stayed in the really rustic ones, but all the rest I've stayed in don't want you to provide your own bedding ... they provide everything.

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Thanks for the help!
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The crowds in Banff all go home on Monday of the labour day weekend.
Early September is very nice there but the evenings get cool.
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Machka - How are the highway shoulders along the B->J route? Do you have to mix it up with the RVs much?
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Seeker - they are like this:
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I is a loop possible or is it recommended to just stay on the Parkway? Given the time constraints?
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
Seeker - they are like this:
Thanks.

I spent 6 days in B/LL/Jasper and drove the Icefield Parkway twice over a decade ago, but couldn't remember the shoulders. I saw all the normal (motor vehicle) tourist sights, but didn't manage to work in the side-trip to see Mt Robson, my only regret of the trip.
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Machka - How are the highway shoulders along the B->J route? Do you have to mix it up with the RVs much?
They vary. Valygrl has posted a photo of a good-looking shoulder, but they aren't all quite as nice as that. In places they get a bit lumpy and it can be like riding on a railway track ... bumpity, bumpity, bumpity ... and in places they can be a bit narrower. But generally, they aren't bad. However, the shoulders outside the park, on Hwy 11 are much nicer.


And between the beginning of July and middle of August, you will have to keep your eyes wide open for the RVs. Every time you see a lookout place or rest area, watch out. The RV drivers make bee-lines for those and won't care if you're in the way. Outside of that time period, it's much better.


You would probably want longer than 10 days if you want to do a loop.
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Photos of the Bow Valley Parkway road ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7606010786530/

Photos of the Icefield Parkway road, in the vicinity of Saskatchewan River Crossing ...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7606151284624/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7606660549120/


Bumpy bit of shoulder ... but not too bad. I've been on worse.
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