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Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

Roanoke, VA
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Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

We are planning to drive down from Canada to Missoula, MT and were wondering if we should go to the Wildlife Refuge in Little Pend Washington. What are your chances of seeing animals like bear, moose, elk, or others? Is it very scenic? Good mountain ranges, etc? We will be driving through in early June. Any information you could provide about Little Pend and the Refuge would be great! This will be our deciding factor when making plans on which route to take back to Missoula.

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Here is a good website that will answer some of your questions.

Would you be more specific as to your route and schedule? We might be better able to reply for the entire route...

I just read your other post destinations. If you are driving south from Jasper/Banff, you should consider Waterton and Glacier National Parks, but would have to keep an eye on the weather and snow conditions. Then, on to Missoula. They also are spectacularly beautiful.

Lastly, which trip have you decided on? Early June, as you have learned, can be tricky re: snow conditions. Or, it could be warm, sunny.

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2. Re: Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

Here is that site:

www.stateparks.com/little_pend_oreille.html

I bet the biggest mistake we make on TA posts is forgetting to paste information in the first time. :)

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Little Pend looks to be quite a bit out of your way. I've never heard of it as a place you should go out of your way to visit.

If you are starting from the Jasper/Banff axis (and I hope you visit Lake Louise - splurge on the expensive canoe rental), I would drive all the way down from Radium Hot Springs to Missoula on highway 93. You'll pass the following sights:

Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont Hot Springs - great places to swim: warm mineral water and great scenery. Totally cured my mosquito bites.

The whole Canadian portion of that drive is gorgeous with mountains on both sides of you.

Lake Columbia - There's a rest stop off the highway here with a fabulous view of the lake and mountain backdrop.

Just north of Lake Columbia: the Great Hoodoo.

Fort Steele - a reconstructed historic fort.

Stay overnight in the Kalispell area and take a day trip up into Glacier National Park. There would be time for a boat ride, visit to the historic lodge, and walk through the high meadows at the top of the Going to the Sun Road. Glacier is a good spot to see wildlife. A big mountain goat walked right through the parking lot, when we visited, at the top of the pass.

We enjoyed the historic Conrad Mansion in Kalispell.

Spend another day driving around Flathead Lake.

Then on to Missoula.

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Thanks for your help... We are driving from Missoula, MT up to Banff and Jasper and then we would like to find a scenic route back down with some interesting places to stop. Its hard to know which places to hit since we have never been there. I'm living in Missoula right now so have been to Glacier many times so we are thinking to bypass it and see something new. Would love suggestions... Again, the time will be early june, maybe even the last couple days in May as well.

Thanks!

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5. Re: Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

Bob...

Thanks for your help! That is all very helpful info, but you've just described our trip up! We will be doing all of those things going up and would like a little change on the way back down.

Thanks!

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OK, here's an interesting and very different route south:

From Jasper head east to Edmonton. Visit the West Edmonton mall (one of largest in the world) with its indoor waterpark, sea lion show, and other attractions. Historic Fort Edmonton is worth a visit. Take a dinner cruise on the Saskatchewan River.

Next stop: Drumheller for the Royal Tyrell Museum. Perhaps the best dinosaur museum in the world.

Calgary: We haven't spent a lot of time here. There's an indoor garden. It's Chinatown is authentic with good restaurants. Calloway is a big amusement park.

Continue south from Calgary, head west on highway 3 for these sights:

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump - very good interpretive center - explains how the Indians hunted buffalo before they had horses and guns.

Frank Slide - Dramatic scene where a huge rockfall buried the town of Frank in 1903, killing 70 people.

...and general mountain scenery. Crowsnest Mountain stands out by itself very beautifully.

Fernie is a ski resort area. Maybe stop for hiking and a chairlift ride.

Return via 93.

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