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canadafan

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Posted: 08/03/14 10:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A more "doable" route is to take the southern route east, highway 3 to Keremeos then north through the Okanagan valley to Vernon, over the Monashees to Nakusp, Kaslo and south to Creston, rejoin hwy3 to Cranbrook, north to Radium then east through Kootenay NP.

Do Banff and the Bow Valley/Icefields Parkways to Jasper, return to Lake louise then Yoho NP to Golden, hwy1 to Revelstoke then either return via Vernon or Kamloops to Vancouver.
Probably works out with a few side trips to about 4000km.

Plenty of excellent campgrounds along this route.

Don't forget you will need to be camping within a reasonable distance of Vancouver to return your RV on time.

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If you're in BC, you should find the following, if you go with Telus:

1) 3G in all places you get cell service.
2) 4G in most places you get cell service.
3) LTE in most, if not all, major centers.

Not sure about Rogers, but as stated above, Telus has excellent coverage for a mountainous province. The best coverage will be around the major centers, of course, but even many smaller centers and rural areas with have coverage of some sort.

And, if you come out to Tofino/Ucluelet, I recommend you use Telus. Rogers is out here, but they only have a tower on Mt. Ozzard, so their real coverage is Ucluelet and immediate area only. Rogers in Tofino is spotty at best, and that's only if you stand on 1 foot on a rock holding the phone above your head and making a goofy face while reciting the Lord's Prayer.

Enjoy your trip!
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Posted: 08/04/14 03:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

canadafan wrote:

I see your problem, you could have a look at:

www.hellobc.com for lists of visitor centres
www.bclibraries.ca for library locations
www.shaw.ca/wifi/hotspots/ for wifi locations such as McD and Tim Hortons etc.

Stores such as Safeway, Coopers and of course Starbucks also usually have wifi.

Trevor


Thanks for these link which will be very useful when we do have a connection.

Trip to Hyder would only happen if the weather is perfect (and we can get on to the ferry) for a trip up the Inside passage to Prince Rupert and on to Stewart. I am told this is one of the most magnificent drives in Canada - and I know that is saying something.

As our son is in Vancouver we should have other opportunities for this option, or if we do it, others at a later date.

In the mean tine we look forward to whatever we do - with or without WiFi, 3g, etc.

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ve7prt wrote:

If you're in BC, you should find the following, if you go with Telus:

1) 3G in all places you get cell service.
2) 4G in most places you get cell service.
3) LTE in most, if not all, major centers.

Not sure about Rogers, but as stated above, Telus has excellent coverage for a mountainous province. The best coverage will be around the major centers, of course, but even many smaller centers and rural areas with have coverage of some sort.

And, if you come out to Tofino/Ucluelet, I recommend you use Telus. Rogers is out here, but they only have a tower on Mt. Ozzard, so their real coverage is Ucluelet and immediate area only. Rogers in Tofino is spotty at best, and that's only if you stand on 1 foot on a rock holding the phone above your head and making a goofy face while reciting the Lord's Prayer.

Enjoy your trip!
Mike


Thanks, Mike.
Tofino/Ucluelet area is on our list - if you can keep some good weather for us. The last time we were on the island it rained the way it rains in the west of Scotland!

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We were out west a few years ago with a Rogers phone and the service was spotty at best in northern BC, I would avoid using them as others have indicated.





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Hmmmm, I've never thought of the drive to Stewart or Hyder as one of the most magnificent drives in Canada. Not at all. See some images on my site here http://yukonsights.ca/Hwy37A.html

If one has a fascination with glaciers, then there are a few to be seen along Highway 37A. But this is only 30 minutes worth of driving. The drive up Highway 37 to the junction with Highway 37A is rather ordinary compared to driving through the Rockies around Banff and Jasper or the Rockies along the Alaska Highway.

The ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert is interesting but if you ride it on a cloudy rainy foggy day, not so much. Advance reservations usually required too. It takes a day to drive to the north end of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, then a full day on the ferry to arrive in Prince Rupert just before midnight, then another day to drive to Stewart and Hyder, then a day there I assume to look around. Thus, the same amount of time needs to be allocated for the trip.


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S'pose I can only go on what people say, and at the end of the day it is each to their own. But I take your point on distances. We will be going to the north of the island, anyway, weather permitting,and would only get the boat if the weather is amazing and they have space for us, so all I all it is quite unlikely that we would get to Stewart.

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S'pose I can only go on what people say, and at the end of the day it is each to their own. But I take your point on distances. We will be going to the north of the island, anyway, weather permitting,and would only get the boat if the weather is amazing and they have space for us, so all I all it is quite unlikely that we would get to Stewart.

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Posted: 08/04/14 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry for double post. Struggling with data on phone,here in UK. What hope is there for me?

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When we traveled through BC last summer, we didn't want to take the time to find libraries or McDonalds/Tim Hortons (which don't exist in the smaller towns) even thought I had printed out lists ahead of time.

So we used campground wifi. Many private cg's but not all had wifi, but the quality varied and they sometimes struggled to provide the capacity for all the people wanting to us it. Sometimes we could not even connect until late at night. In the smaller towns they used satellite to provide it, so slow (and expensive for them).

But we were able to check our mail every few days which was enough.

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