Sister-in-law in Millwoods. Wifes family is from Red Deer I left sunny California in '79 and have been Canadianized ever since. We always talked about retiring up there but it is pricey!Yikes, I just caught this. There's a few of us in the local (Edmonton) area that can sure try and hook up with you while you're here. We're liable to be on the way back from somewhere or just home from wherever that is, but keep us posted. We'll do our best to make you welcome. Have you got family in Edmonton?
If you went through Crater then you were probably on 97 up to Biggs on the Columbia. I was sort of thinking of just gong to Spokane then up to Kingsgate as I know this route. However, I like your idea of staying on 97 up to BC and then across, with all the good stops in between. I just want to make sure we get to Vancouver on the way back so i don't want to backtrack too much.If you think retirement up here loks pricey, you should live here full time...Waaaaaaaah:sad: Hah, just kidding, it's not that bad really.
My trip home from California all those years ago we went right up I-5 from Redding and then into Oregon (did Crater Lake and area), and then over the southern route on Hwy 3 from Osoyoos to Banff and on up #2 to home. You could do the Parkway to Jasper too if you need more mountain scenery.
I've been thinking about this leg of the trip. Sorta like the idea of going through the Okanagan but we will go sort of the opposite way you mentioned. Thinking about Osoyoos up to Vernon. Any idea how far from Vernon to the ferry at Fauquier. Then the leg up to Revelstoke? Will there be fuel/lodging? Is it really worth it versus Vernon to thr #1?Damn, now I wanna go riding...:thumb:
Actually, I lived in Alberta for 11 years so I pretty much know where we are going-just never done it on a bike. Right now the Canadian dollar will buy .97 US; almost par. In fact, many business' often will simply take US money, especially along the border. Exchange wise, I've found it is wiser to exchange your money in Canada. It used to be that you could walk into any Canadian bank and get an up to date exchange rate. If you find a bank here in the states that will exchange, their rates are usually a week old. A lot can happen in a week. In reference to "lots of friendly people across the border" - I know, been married to one for 30 years! Looking forward to the trip. I just want to make some time the first day so we can get close to where we want to be. I keep telling the guys to remember that our goal is to tour W. Canada. They can go see some of these areas closer to home anytime.Hey Calcliff, Have you considered how the money exchange rates will be calculated ? You might check with the banks on the difference in changing your money on each side of the boarder before leaving. A while back I had found that it worked out best to simply use a Major U.S. Credit Card that was accepted in Canada and let the Credit Card company handle the exchange rate.
There are lots of friendly people across the boarder and some of the most beautiful back roads you will find anywhere.
Have a nice trip....