: Iíve been wanting to post this for a very long time so I spent no joke, about 2 hrs crafting this post. Iím only a bean counter so do not cast judgement on my terrible typing skills!
: Journey from Minnesota to Banff / Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada)
: September 2018
Distance & Travel Time
: 19 hrs 41 mins, 1,268 miles (2,040 km) to Banff, Jasper to MN was 22 hrs 51 minutes, 1,444 miles (2,324 km)
: Wife & Gizmo (standard poodle)
: We went because our standard poodle (Gizmo) was turning nine this year and wanted to show him some epic mountains and views before he turned too old. The life of a dog is short compared to humans and every day we have him itís a true blessing. In conclusion we drove 2600 miles because of our dog. Interesting tid bit about National Parks when comparing to the USA & Canada. In the US dogs are considered a nuisance while in Canada they see pets as family! They are welcome in all parks, so they got our business.
: 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel All Terrain + 14í fish house (with 3í v)
: Minnesota on the way home, averaged 13.5mpg
: North Dakota, averaged 9-10mpg!
: Felt fully confident driving the rig, it had plenty of power for being a 4 cylinder engine. Wife even drove the truck / trailer combo over many hours and she felt comfortable the entire time. Even though i've gone thru TWO turbo's I still dont think there is another capable truck out there that gets the MPG's that this thing gets!
: 24' in total length, 4200-4500 lbs fully loaded, the trailer sits 10 feet tall. It basically turns it into a beluga whale. The V nose on the trailer helps but wind resistance is a serious thing! Heavy winds did not impact the trailer in any way.
: Twin Cities Minnesota to Alberta, Canada
Information on the two campgrounds that we stayed at
NP - Tunnel Mountain Campground is 2.4 km from Banff. Situated close to Banff on Tunnel Mountain, within walking distance (or trolley distance) of downtown Banff. Services, such as food, laundry and a waterslide are close by.
- Lots of blacktop sites, close quarters but lots of room for RVís etc!
- Services include:
- Services such as food, laundry and a waterslide are close by.
- Private showers that you had to walk or drive to
- 321 full-service sites are available in the Trailer Court, open from May Ė October.
- 188 power-only sites are available in Village II, open year-round.
NP - Wapiti (320 reservable sites): Electricity with fire pit: 86 sites Unserviced with fire pit: 234 sites Washrooms with hot/cold running water, showers and flush toilets. Accessible sites available. No pull through sites and all sites have picnic tables. Communal water taps and a dump station are available.
- Very rustic and hidden in the woods
My wife has visited Banff three times during her teenage years, prior to her fourth visit and this was my very first visit. As mentioned above we decided to go on this grueling yet rewarding journey for our dog Gizmo. How many dogs or even people can say hey I visited one of the most amazing National Parks in the world! *RUFF YAH*
I spent a total of two months, planning every detail, and making sure I had everything in the truck just in case something were to go wrong (thankfully nothing went wrong).
Based on all the historical weather trends that I looked at it was probably the BEST time to go. But let me tell you the weather gods were not happy, and it snowed and was always hovering around freezing most the time there.