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1. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

Traveling the Rockies - i need advice on the areas stated, it will be easyer to understand if you follow my route on google earth!

The perfect route for me would be:

[b]1. Plane from london to calgary

2. I need to go east from Calgary to Rocky Navada Resort (70miles) (B+B on the highway 1) ADVICE ON HOW TO GET THERE, HOW I WILL FEED MYSELF ON THE WAY? DO I BUY A CHEAP BICYCLE, GET A BUS, COACH, PLANE? STOCK UP ON FOOD IN CALGARY AND GET OFF ON FOOT?

3. From the B+B making my way 40 miles EAST to canmore camping on the way, following the highway 1 still

4. Stay in canmore and fill my belly! Stay in canmore for a week or more ADVICE ON HOW LONG, then head off north eastish to BANff

5. Get a job in Banff, maybe meet other travelers, stay in banff for 2 weeks to a month ADVICE, HOW LONG OR JUST UNTIL IM FED UP THERE?

6. Head back to Canmore and stay there for a week or so, head back to calgary and get a plane back to london.

7. Get fish and chips, watch daytime tele and brag about my trip

So thats the trip i would like to persue, the problem is getting from calgary to Canmore in one peice, not starving to death and staying healthy (i really dont care how long it will take me)

It's tough terrain, im looking forward to camping in the mountaisna and forests, im going to prepare myself for the cold!

On a serious note, the above is a rough first guide to what i plan to do, i know it will be tough, and time consuming, i also know the weather can be un predictable and things can go wrong, which is why im seeking help from yourselfs!
FUNDS - how much will i need to take?

Plane Inbound to Calgary - 800 GBP
Plane Outbound to London -900 GBP
Food and Drink - 400 GBP
Accomodation (will be in tent most nights) - 400 GBP
Other (equiptment replacement, maps, souveneirs, travel [bus, coach taxt etc etc] - 300

TOTAL: 2800 GBP (5211 Canadian dollars) (4341 US Dollar)

Im assuming (estimate) the trip will take 4 months, although i will stay how ever long i want to stay.

Again, this is a starting guide, i need help organising what to take, were im traveling and what route.
I will post my final plans later on in the month.

I plan to travel aprox September/October time, what is the weather and everythign like there that time of the year.

Thanks for the advice everyone in advance :)

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

The first thing you have to absorb is that you can't just camp wherever you want in the Rockies, or in Canada for that matter.

While most of what you see is Govt property (known here as Crown Land) camping is only allowed in approved locations be they public or private.

Of course people will camp 'au savage' in remote places but fires for cooking are always problematic-you must have a fire permit or cook on gas.

The area you're headed to is heavily trafficked by visitors hitchhiking should be no problem distances involved are relatively small.

3. Posted by rhysv (Inactive 22 posts) 7y

Ok, I guess I'll do my best to answer your questions

2. I need to go east from Calgary to Rocky Navada Resort (70miles) (B+B on the highway 1) ADVICE ON HOW TO GET THERE, HOW I WILL FEED MYSELF ON THE WAY? DO I BUY A CHEAP BICYCLE, GET A BUS, COACH, PLANE? STOCK UP ON FOOD IN CALGARY AND GET OFF ON FOOT? There are airporter busses from Calgary around to different areas, I'm not 100% sure where Rocky Navada Resort is but I'm there will be a bus in that general direction

4. Stay in canmore and fill my belly! Stay in canmore for a week or more ADVICE ON HOW LONG, then head off north eastish to BANff? Canmore isn't that interesting of a town its pretty small, so you'd have to have some activities planned, I'd recommend a couple of days at most.

5. Get a job in Banff, maybe meet other travelers, stay in banff for 2 weeks to a month ADVICE, HOW LONG OR JUST UNTIL IM FED UP THERE? Banff is great, Stay at the Samesun Hostel to meet felow travelers... there is generally plenty of work for travelers there.

6. Head back to Canmore and stay there for a week or so, head back to calgary and get a plane back to london? Skip staying in Canmore again, Head back to Calgary and check out some of the sites there, you can do them all in a week but its more interesting than being in Canmore again.

Getting to Canmore from Calgary is easy (and vice versa), Greyhound have 4 daily busses to Banff via Canmore from Calgary and they are cheap $30 or so... Might be easier than hiking it... But there is plenty of hiking in and around Banff and Canmore

4. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

thanks for the post RHY, ive posted my final itinerary up somewere in the north america section, including edits from your advice!