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Whistler to Banff - Which route

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Whistler to Banff - Which route

Ok so we will be heading into Whistler towards end of may. First time out here, after we stay a few nights we want to road trip to Banff.

Which route should we take? Go back down to Vancouver and up to Kamloops or go straight up on 99 towards kamloops.

We would like a nice scenic view with must stops and sees.

We think Kamloops should be halfway point to stay the night, if there is any other places you guys reccomend(revelstoke) etc let me know

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1. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

"straight up on 99 towards kamloops"

Keep looking in the rear view mirror for some absolutely stunnng views of the Coast Mountain Range-watch for pullouts on the side of the road.

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2. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

So travelling the 1 or 5 Highway from Vancouver isnt as good as the 99 from whistler?

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3. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

if you're already in Whistler then 99 is the best route..the views are stunning and you come out into a wonderful part of the Fraser Canyon near Lillooet.. some of the best scenery... and much less travelled. It saves backtracking all the way down to Vancouver and then up to Kamloops.. and imo I'd push on to Revelstoke instead of stopping in Kamloops..The drive from Whistler to Revelstoke is 6 hours via 99 to Cache Creek and then hwy 1..and in end of May it'll be daylight well until 9 pm so you have lots of time to stop along the way. Revelstoke will put you into mountains and parks.

Hwy 1 east into the Rockies is the most spectacular approach.

Hwy 5 to Kamloops is the "quick route" It has some nice scenery but is really a 4 -6 lane highway designed to move people/goods quickly from the coast to the interior.

I can't emphasize enough the wonderful stopping points on hwy 99 along the river..as Sam says watch for pullouts ( and be bear aware at those river stops)

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4. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

The drive north out of Whistler through to Kamloops is my favorite drive in BC. Stunning!

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5. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

between the 99 and the 1, which has a better scenery to kamloops.

Also any stopover must dos in between these routes?

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6. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

Thinking overnight either, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke.

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7. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

3 people have already advised taking hwy 99 . stay in Revelstoke much better imo than Kamloops..stop at Joffre Lakes Provincial park.

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8. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

Another vote for highway 99 and further on highway 1

Whistler - Revelstoke is very doable, 6 hours, stop at Joffre Lake and Lillioet.

Stay overnight ar Revelstoke.

Next day drive up Mnt Revelstoke NP, do some short trails, enjoy the view; stop at the Rogers Pass Visitor Centre, stop in Yoho NP for Emerald Lake and Takkawak Falls and the Spiral Tunnels, then drive on to Banff.

Visit Lake Louis from Banff (45 minutes away), drive along the scenic Bow Valley Road.

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9. Re: Whistler to Banff - Which route

Ok i have took in your ideas guys and will follow the 99 and now booked a night at the sweet chalet in revelstoke. Cant wait!

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