Banff Journals

Notes from a Road Trip: The Trans-Canada Highway

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A September 2000 trip to Banff by annekmadison

Pelican Lake - Manitoba Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Highway One, runs for thousands of miles from one end of Canada to the other. It has been called Canada's main street. Canadians will no doubt want to skip this journal, which gives an American’s eye view of the Western stretches of this road.

Notes from a Road Trip: The Trans-Canada Highway

Overview

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Although the objective of our trip was to 'get there' rather than to sightsee, we found many unexpected pleasures along the way. The prevailing memory of this drive will always be the endless stretches of golden wheat under an incomparably blue sky.

Quick Tips:

There's a lot to see on this trip. If we had it to do over again, we'd allow a couple of extra days.

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Days Inn

Hotel | "Day's Inn"

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This is a brand-new Day''s Inn located just off Highway One on the eastern edge of town. We found it superior in many ways to the average ''budget'' accommodation with large, comfortable rooms and a very good ''continental'' breakfast. It''s well worth considering.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Days Inn
3875 Eastgate Drive
Regina, Saskatchewan

Big Horn Motel Alpen

Hotel | "Big Horn Motel"

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Our second ''budget'' outing of the trip was a mixed blessing. Dead Man''s Flats is located just outside Banff National Park. The location made it a perfect stopping place for us to get a night''s rest and do our laundry before setting up our camp the next morning.

Although our room was very close to the highway, and a bit chilly, we found a warm welcome and a good cup of coffee the next morning. And the laundry facilities were much appreciated.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Big Horn Motel Alpen
5022 Highway 93
Banff, Alberta
(250) 347-9522

RCMP Centennial Museum

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Attraction | "RCMP "Centennial" Museum"

RCMP Centennial Museum Photo, Regina, Saskatchewan
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Regina, capital of Saskatchewan, is a parklike city of green, graceful public spaces. It is the home of the "Depot" Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -- the academy where all Mounties receive their rigorous training. We stopped for a tour of the museum before continuing our journey. It was Labor Day in Canada as well as in the United States, so we missed taking a tour of the academy itself. But we did see a graduating class, in their beautiful dress uniforms, attending services in the chapel with their families. The museum uses a large collection of pictures, journals, uniforms, weapons, and objects of every description to relate the 125 year history of this legendary police force...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

RCMP Centennial Museum
Dewdney Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan

Highway One: The Trans-Canada Highway

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Prairie, Alberta Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Americans may find much of Highway One quite different from roads we've become accustomed to. In the West, much of it is not "freeway style" driving at all. Though the road is well engineered and maintained, many parts are two-lane undivided highway. Other segments are four-lane, divided. But for most of its length through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, with the exception of city areas, there are no interchanges, no cloverleaves. We got ourselves on and off by means of stop or yield signs and short merge lanes. Drivers on the highway are advised of upcoming towns and "important intersections ahead." When the "four lane" becomes a "two lane" again, there's always a sign or two reminding t...Read More