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Old 12-03-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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We're planning to head to Osoyoos, B.C. in March. any suggestions on the best route to take crossing from Alberta into B.C. ?
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Depends where in Alberta you start. I always take the Crowsnest #3, but you will get other advice, and no route is bad, unless you hit a nasty snowfall.
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I use the 3 as well but it has lots of fairly high passes.
I live just out of Creston BC and between here and Osoyoos
there are at least 4 passes above 4000 feet. The first one just west of me is the highest pavement in BC, something like 5400ft.
The weather can be BEAUTIFUL on this side of the pass but a blizzard on the other side. Maybe allow a day for weather.
But in march it can be like summer here!
I came from Saskatoon SK. in march of 2006 to look at a house to buy.
When I left home there was about 4 feet of snow on the lawn and -28C.
I got here they were raking leaves off the green grass, as I drove through Creston there was a rain shower with a stunning rainbow against the Skimmerhorn Mountians, Ya couldda sold me a dead tree standing on a rock!!!
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IMHO Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful spots in Canada and if you haven't seen it you must at some point. That would be Hwy 1.
Either 3 or 1 would be easy with your trailer-tow vehicle combo.


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I use the 3 as well but it has lots of fairly high passes.
I live just out of Creston BC and between here and Osoyoos
there are at least 4 passes above 4000 feet. The first one just west of me is the highest pavement in BC, something like 5400ft.
The weather can be BEAUTIFUL on this side of the pass but a blizzard on the other side. Maybe allow a day for weather.
But in march it can be like summer here!
I came from Saskatoon SK. in march of 2006 to look at a house to buy.
When I left home there was about 4 feet of snow on the lawn and -28C.
I got here they were raking leaves off the green grass, as I drove through Creston there was a rain shower with a stunning rainbow against the Skimmerhorn Mountians, Ya couldda sold me a dead tree standing on a rock!!!
ABOUT WHAT I BOUGHT!!!
Happy Trails!
Fred
Small world!, I am from Saskatoon too. And had a former work mate who retired to Creston.
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We're planning to head to Osoyoos, B.C. in March. any suggestions on the best route to take crossing from Alberta into B.C. ?
Had to look up Osoyoos. I see it is on the USA border. So, to stay in Canada you would take route 3 west of Medicine Hat.
Or, you can drop down to US route 2 across ND, MT, ID, & WA
Fuel prices may be cheaper, but your exchange rate on the dollar is at a big disadvantage now.
Do you use Google or Mapquest to plot a route?
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If you go through the US #20 is a beauty drive too
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Wayne, you anywbere near Brooklyn Iowa,, know a circle track racer there.
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Coming through Banff, Jasper area is mostly 4 lane, where as the beautiful 3 is two lane with lots of passing lanes. All depends on what you like to drive on. There will be truck traffic either route, but possible a bit less on the 3. Watch out for those prairie winds.
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Wayne yesterday I paid $2.09.9 gallon in Ferndale, WA

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Had to look up Osoyoos. I see it is on the USA border. So, to stay in Canada you would take route 3 west of Medicine Hat.
Or, you can drop down to US route 2 across ND, MT, ID, & WA
Fuel prices may be cheaper, but your exchange rate on the dollar is at a big disadvantage now.
Do you use Google or Mapquest to plot a route?
: at the 262 & I5 Pilot as Good Sam gives me 6cents off a gallon.
Personally I would go route 3 see the real good RCMP Museum, Heads Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Fort McLeod, AB, then drop into Waterton National Park on the Canuck side the US side is Glacier State Park and they have a length deal going through there but if you are towing trailer should be no problem as u would articulate your self.
Then there is Fort Steele another out of sight visit, that is where I learned how to make wood look old.
All through the Kootenay's is out of sight especially Nelson area but u will not be sorry if you go that way, then on way home head for Kamloops over the Coke, up Hwy 16 and across that way into Edmonton and that famous shopping center though not as big as the new one they just built in China.
Pays to buy a Map of Alberta and BC. There only a few ways to go as only 3 passes though that I know of though might be some side roads a lot of us do not know about.
How many of u know about the rum runners route called Night Hawk?
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Depends on what your looking for, if you want the most traveled and direct route then take the #1. But you want a longer and more scenic route then take #3. Just mapquest your route and zero in on things you would like to see along the way. That time of year you will really want to watch the weather too and choose the safest route.

And don't forget to come back by August for the Manitoba Fiberglass and Vintage Camper Rally the 3rd weekend of August at St. Malo Provincial Park.

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Old 12-05-2015, 07:54 AM   #12
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Thanks for the input everyone!!!! I love this site. we will be able to take our time and plan to see everything we can. will most likely take #3 on the way there, and probably the northern route on the way back to facilitate a visit with our son in Edmonton. I will be adding to my blog along the way, so be sure to bookmark www.TinyLivingInRetirement.ca.
Thanks again
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And Rick .... of course St. Malo is on the itinerary.
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LOL I was hoping you did not forget about us. What's happening with the 13' Boler now that you have 'big b'?

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