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Old 12-21-2018, 06:50 AM   #1
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We will pick up our new Escape 19 in British Columbia in June. Then we'd like to continue on into BC and spend at least a month there.

But the options are so many that it's bewildering. There are hundreds of parks and we have no idea which ones we would want to camp at.

Can anyone give us some guidance? We have already found websites like bcparks and parkscanada.

We don't even know where to start.

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Old 12-21-2018, 07:12 AM   #2
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Good chance to head up the Cassiar Highway. Loop up to Watson Lake and then back down the main Alcan.

I've gotten across borders with no delays. I tend to pick crossings that are less popular. My last trip I crossed at Osoyoos, BC (above Omak, WA) one direction and crossed at Portal, ND the other direction.

A few years ago I crossed at Sumas, WA, very long delays, awful.

Coming back into the US this summer from Canada, they ran all the RVs through a crane mounted Xray machine. Looked temporary, something seemed to be going on. It was not the place to ask questions.....

I would definitely ask Escape for recommendations on camping close to the factory. Spending several nights there to thoroughly check out all the systems is prudent with any new trailer.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:12 AM   #3
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I wonder if you're new to rv-ing. The fact that you're asking this question seems to suggest you are. My suggestion is that you spend a moment researching what you can bring across the border each way. Border crossing horror stories are rare but not unheard of. My personal mobility is somewhat hindered and I just don't want to risk it since most of the stories I've heard are related to customs emptying the trailer for inspection and putting it all back together would be a nightmare for me.

I don't have any advice wrt Canadian camping sites. Although the 2019 Calgary Stampede is in early-ish July (7/5-14/2019). Campsites near there probably go fast.

Consequently I have no interest in dealing with border crossings, plus there are still plenty of places in the U.S. that I want to visit. But that's all on you.

Process-wise, on long trips I do a lot of planning before I leave. As contrasted to the "go where the spirit moves you" philosophy. I drive a day then stay a day. I pick a spot about 300-400 miles away (about my limit for a day's travel, being a solo traveller), search for points of interest (for the rest day) then find a convenient campground in the area and make a reservation. I repeat the cycle as required. Sometimes I toss in an extra rest day for whatever reason. Usually to put some slack into the schedule. I'm just not comfortable leaving the overnight stay up in the air. It just ramps up the stress for me. YMMV as they say.

Otherwise, I think you're on the right track asking for ideas from the group.
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:31 AM   #4
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Well for a start you could pull into our driveway and camp.
Keep in mind the Okanagan Valley is very hot in the summer.
The Kootnays offer wonderful camping.
Bug can be a problem in the north.
Remember, Do not bring any Firearms.
Gas price is high but your Dollar goes a long way.
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:42 AM   #5
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A few years ago I crossed at Sumas, WA, very long delays, awful.

Since the trailer is delivered to Sumas, and the OP will have just crossed after orientation, I think they can just turn around and head back into BC.
The question isn't border crossing, it's where to camp and what to see.


If you haven't already, I'd check out: https://www.hellobc.com/
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:43 AM   #6
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I did the great northern loop last year in early June. By the time I finished the bugs(mosquitos, horseflies, and no seeums)were so bad I stayed in a motel my last night! The first ten days were very pleasant but then the heat hit and the bugs came alive. It was awful.
I think the Rocky Mountain area at high altitude may not have the bugs.
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:03 PM   #7
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So, what kind of country do you like? Mountains, Oceans, Prairies?

In central BC is an restored old mining town/provincial park called Barkerville.
Very interesting.
When you stop it's an all day walking tour be sure to disconnect the trailer umbilical from the TV, to avoid running down your battery. OR, switch the fridge to LP. We didn't and had to get a jump to get going again.
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Since the trailer is delivered to Sumas, and the OP will have just crossed after orientation, I think they can just turn around and head back into BC.
The question isn't border crossing, it's where to camp and what to see.


If you haven't already, I'd check out: https://www.hellobc.com/
Yes, my response in more in regards to Steve's comment about avoiding border hassles.
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Old 12-21-2018, 05:38 PM   #9
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I would suggest maybe going onto campgroundreviews.com and reading peoples posts on the website about the campgrounds. They will have post about most all of the campgrounds you might want to stay at. I would not consider any that have not had any reviews for the current year or two and read with a grain of salt. Not all people are looking for the same things. We stayed at one on the Alcan that we love and and stayed a few times on our Alaska travels but I assure you it was not because of the bathroom or showers i would not have showed a dog there but the rest of the campground and location on the lake was outstanding. Slim pickens in some areas but the travel is breath taking so enjoy the time and be safe. Thanks Gary
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:12 PM   #10
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We will pick up our new Escape 19 in British Columbia in June. Then we'd like to continue on into BC and spend at least a month there.

But the options are so many that it's bewildering. There are hundreds of parks and we have no idea which ones we would want to camp at.

Can anyone give us some guidance? We have already found websites like bcparks and parkscanada.

We don't even know where to start.

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Any campground in BC is beautiful. The provincial parks are very nice but have no hookups. Liard Hot Springs is a fun and relaxing place. The campground is very large. The campgrounds in the Okanagan Valley are pretty. The town of Kelowna is not my choice of cities. It is congested, lots of liquor establishments and just a large busy expensive city. There are a few places to go and see stuff if you want to fight the above. If you go up to the ice fields you can stay at the campground in the parking lot. Not a nice campground but a very fun and beautiful place. I'd recommend Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper National Parks and campgrounds. The no hookup parks have dumps, water, nice bathrooms with showers, etc. There is enough to do in those places to keep you busy for many days. There are hookups in some of the parks but they cost a lot more. No matter what you like you can find it in BC. Crossing the border keep all meds in their original bottles, don't take drugs, guns, stun guns, large knives, bear spray, etc. Check out what foods are not allowed like raw pork and eggs. When you cross the border have your passports ready and follow all instructions such as red or green lights at the booths. Don't try to chat. Only answer questions respectfully. If you have a pet take their info with current proof of rabies and other vaccinations. Following these things will make your trip a completely fun and special vacation.
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:22 PM   #11
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I would make a trip to Liard Hot Springs park as well, spend a couple of nights. I would make advance reservations, it was full when we were there in July 2018.
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We will pick up our new Escape 19 in British Columbia in June. Then we'd like to continue on into BC and spend at least a month there.

But the options are so many that it's bewildering. There are hundreds of parks and we have no idea which ones we would want to camp at.

Can anyone give us some guidance? We have already found websites like bcparks and parkscanada.

We don't even know where to start.

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There re a lot of beauty spots here but everyone has their own take on beauty. what type of camping are you interested in, IE-ful hookup, boondock, close to cities or far from.
what do you want to see? how many miles? Do you like to drive?
Hard to give you ideas without some more input.
BUT!! IMO the Kootenays are the place to be, but I'm just a LITTLE prejudice.
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:47 AM   #13
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So may great places to camp. I've camped in all 10 provinces including Labrador but hardly ever in a campground.
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:11 AM   #14
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I did the great northern loop last year in early June. By the time I finished the bugs(mosquitos, horseflies, and no seeums)were so bad I stayed in a motel my last night! The first ten days were very pleasant but then the heat hit and the bugs came alive. It was awful.
I think the Rocky Mountain area at high altitude may not have the bugs.
What is The Great Northern Loop?
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