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Traveling to banff with stop in hope

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Traveling to banff with stop in hope

We are a couple late 50 and we like scenery history etc we are planning to stay 2 days in hope is it possible to see Frazier canyon and the tuckkwiowhum heritage center. From there or should we stay one night near Frazier any other suggestions would be appreciated

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1. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

Hi. Kitisi ~

It's only an hour's drive to the Heritage Centre, 1.5 to Lytton at the confluence of the Fraser and the Thompson Rivers and 2.5 hours to Lillooet. That should give you some idea of what's possible in a day for the Fraser Canyon.

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2. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

Not a recommended plan.

Rather, drive through to Revelstoke and spend 2 nights there. Lots to see around Revelstoke for the day.

http://seerevelstoke.com/

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I did a trip through the Fraser Canyon a few weeks ago. While it may not be the recommended route to get to Banff, there are some interesting attractions along here, especially for history buffs.

The Yale Museum & Historic Site is very cool - we only had a short time here but I could have spent a lot longer; lots of gold rush history, old photos and interesting displays. For a small, out-of-the-way spot they do a great good job and it's well-worth a stop.

Hell's Gate Airtram - the biggest tourist stop along the Fraser Canyon. The displays are getting quite dated but it's still worth a look, especially the photo galleries of the flood and the slide/salmon story.

Tuckkwiowhum has potential, but....manage your expectations.

If you travel a bit farther up the road, to Cache Creek, make sure to check out Historic Hat Creek Ranch. Some great displays and history including original road house buildings (you can even take a stagecoach ride)....this is another site that is well-worth a visit.

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I can see you coming down from Whistler to Vancouver and out the Fraser Valley with a stop in Hope before heading off for 6 more days toward the Rockies. I would take you about 4-4.5 hours, so I can see your wanting to make the most out of the stop. Are you still planning to overnight in Whistler?

Another option, also leaving Whistler in the morning would be stopping at Manning Park Lodge, about another hour past Hope along Hwy 3. I see they have renamed it "Resort." The surroundings are in full nature.

https://www.manningpark.com/

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It is difficult to advise without some context of what you decided for an itinerary. There may be other suggestions to give you for consideration. Stopping at Hope may be a good use of your time or may be wasting your time. You have only 7 days, you mentioned, to get to Calgary.

There are the Othello Tunnels as well just east of Hope.

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5. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

Yes plans changed we will be in Vancouver for 4 days and then on the :

Day 6&7 hope

8 9 penticton. Wine travel and something else

10, 11,12. Banf

13 jasper

14. Calgary

so it went from 7 to 13. But I figure we will only be here once

Any suggestions in these areas ?

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Fair enough. It will be possible to drive to Hope in about 2-2.5 hours. That is going to leave you quite a bit of flex time to visit around the area and up the Fraser Canyon. Nothing wrong with wanting to explore and enjoy the Fraser Canyon. So I would suggest you consider 1 night in Hope. 2 in Penticton is good. And then you will have a good day's drive to Banff. You might consider taking the now spare day and adding it to Jasper, so that you get one full day there, and possibly moving day 12 in Banff to the last night before driving to Calgary. It is a 5 hour drive from Jasper to Calgary and a 2 hour drive from Banff to Calgary.

What happened to Day 5?

Is Day 14 going to be a night in Calgary? If your flight out is mid afternoon or later, you could leave from Banff the morning of your flight. This would allow you to move the Calgary night to another location. Maybe even Revelstoke which would break up the long drive from Penticton to Banff.

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7. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

We arrive late on day 1 so it's a wasted day so we have 4 days to see Victoria etc

We like your suggestions and will go with that and add a day in jasper we are just going to spend the nighb in Calgary and meet friends who's schedule is also flexible so it will all work

Would it be better to stay in Penticton or

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8. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

Penticton is a smaller city than Kelowna, away from the "junction" of Hwy 97 and 97C, and to a lesser degree Hwy 33. It's just has Hwy 97 to deal with. Population: 33-34,000. Kelowna is a hub for the region, more developed, busier, IMO. Population: 106,000.

However, Kelowna is about 6.5 hours drive from Banff and Penticton will be an hour more than that.

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9. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

and don't forget you will "lose" an hour as you cross into Alberta ( actually just before) so if you plan to arrive in Banff at say 7pm BC time it will be 8pm mountain time.

While Kelowna is larger there are some nice spots on the lake and some excellent wineries nearby.. or look at a B&B in Westbank which would put you very near wineries and in a quieter area. Thee's also a very good wine store with VQA wines ( BC wines produced under particular controls) and a bit of local history about the fruit canning industry

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10. Re: Traveling to banff with stop in hope

Kitisi, sounds like a pretty quick tour of the area, but to see the Fraser Canyon make sure to follow the Trans Canada Highway, Number 1, not the Crows Nest (number 3 ) or the Coq. (the number 5). In Hope is where these splits are. North up the canyon past Lake of the Woods, Dogwood Valley, to Yale, once the largest town north of San Fran. Cal in the 1860's because of a gold rush. A small stopover worth seeing is the Alexandra Bridge, crossing the Fraser, a park now, said to be the 1st suspension bridge in the northern hemisphere 1880's. There are 7 tunnels through the cliffs on the trip up the canyon. I could go on but im getting homesick, post a trip report if you can. Also there is some world class river rafting based in Yale, Fraser River rafting expeditions, See TA reviews, maybe for some other time when you have a little more time

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