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post #1 of 12 Old Dec 3rd, 2011, 9:58 am Thread Starter
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Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

Planning this whooper of a trip for myself the first 2 weeks of Sept. 2012
and would appreciate any advice as to routes, rooms, restaurants, etc. that any of you might have.

I'll be leaving here (Boise) the last day of August and going to Seattle.
Next day is a play day in Seattle then off to Victoria the following day. After another play day in Victoria
it's time to chew up the miles. Off to Jasper and stopping midway in Merritt for one night. Taking the Icefields Parkway
to Banff for the night. Next day to Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier for 2 days. Then to Glacier Park Lodge in E. Glacier for a night.
Heading South to Livingston for an enjoyable evening at The Murray Hotel. Through Yellowstone to Jackson for a night.
Rounding out the trip in SLC for 3 days with friends and then home.

I've attached a screen shot of the route planned so far.

I've combed through the threads and see that many of you have traveled these areas.
I also saw that there was a rally in Jasper recently. So, I'm hoping to get some great suggestions.

I'm sure on the Glacier, Jackson route and where to stay - been this way before.
I'm not so sure on the Seattle, Victoria, Jasper, Banff leg of the journey.
And it's the Jasper - Banff area that's got me a little concerned.

After reading a couple of other threads, I'm concerned about the weather up North.
Anyone got some history riding that route in the first part of September?

Again, I would appreciate any input from anyone that's been in these places.
I'll be riding solo and really want to plan this right to avoid any "Ah S##t" surprises.
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post #2 of 12 Old Dec 3rd, 2011, 11:31 am
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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

If you want nice riding,
Victoria to Vancouver Via Nanaimo
Squamish, whistler, Pemberton and then over the duffy lake road to lilloet.
From Lilloet to Cache Creek to Kamploops
North to Jasper
South on the Icefields parkway to Banff = Awesome
From Banff I would go to Radium Hot springs and further south from there,
All great roads.

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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

Nice, thank you.

I'll look into altering that leg of the to include that
Nanaimo ride if time permits.

Have you traveled Highway 14 along the Jaun De Fuca Strait
West of Victoria? That looks interesting.

Any recommendations as to rooms and tourist stuff in Victoria?

My current route planned will take me through Radium Hot Springs thanks.
I didn't notice it till now though. Might be nice to stop for an hour and soak.
I'll have a 7+ hour day that day.

How's that area in September?

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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

Ive done this ride.
next time I'll take the northern ferry off of vancouver island ( i forget the name) it takes f o r e v e r to get through vancover city. Amen to 99 through whistlter to cache creek.
If you haven't already done it, consider going through columbus mt down 78 to red lodge over beartooth pass entering yellowstone at cooke city. Weather should be OK. Probably.. Maybe.. Theres a chance it wont. But worth the risk. (think stanley weather
have fun. thats a top ten ride, easy


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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

The northern ferry is from Nanaimo.

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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

You are entering Yellowstone from the north on US 89.

This September I left Yellowstone and went to Cody then north on Wyoming 296 (Chief Joseph Highway) to US 212 (Beartooth Pass) east. You could continue east on I-90 and come into Yellowstone from the east instead of the north. Both of those roads are must do roads as far as I am concerned. Might add a day to your trip. this website MotorcycleRoads.US was very helpful.

BTW, I came down through Icefields Parkway south from Jasper to Banff... make sure you do Lake Louise it is on your route.

I also came south on 93 however we went to Waterton Lake NP in Canada and crossed back to the US on International Parkway, just north of Glacier and went west over Logan Pass. Waterton Lake is the sister NP to Glacier NP and the lake is pretty impressive. And considering the size of your trip you could be relatively next door.

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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

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You are entering Yellowstone from the north on US 89.

This September I left Yellowstone and went to Cody then north on Wyoming 296 (Chief Joseph Highway) to US 212 (Beartooth Pass) east. You could continue east on I-90 and come into Yellowstone from the east instead of the north. Both of those roads are must do roads as far as I am concerned. Might add a day to your trip. this website MotorcycleRoads.US was very helpful.

BTW, I came down through Icefields Parkway south from Jasper to Banff... make sure you do Lake Louise it is on your route.

I also came south on 93 however we went to Waterton Lake NP in Canada and crossed back to the US on International Parkway, just north of Glacier and went west over Logan Pass. Waterton Lake is the sister NP to Glacier NP and the lake is pretty impressive. And considering the size of your trip you could be relatively next door.
I'm checking it all out now - thank you.

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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

Purchase "Destination Highways" book for BC ( and Washington). These guys have ridden and rated all the best motorcycle roads out there. I used it on a trip two years ago and it led me to many fantastic roads I would not have considered just looking at a map. Like Rt 3A from Creston north on the east side of Kootenay Lake - their #1 and just spectacular.

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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

I've never heard of them before.
I'll check them out.
Thank you for the info..

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I can get you one if you like, They are commonly found around here.

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I can get you one if you like, They are commonly found around here.
I found them online.
Thank you though - I do appreciate the offer
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Re: Boise to Victoria - Jasper - Banff - Glacier - Jackson - SLC and Home. Advice?

Matt, 8 of us from Southern Utah did about the same ride last week of July last yr. I'd suggest at Hope B.C. you take hwy.1 up the Frasier & Thompson rivers to Cache creek then over to Kamloops. the only police we saw on the whole trip were at Valemont. the ride from Jasper to Lake Louise was awesome but cold at the Columbia ice fields. we stayed in Canmore just east of Banff to cut costs. Enjoy!
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