Hello forum, we just returned from a 2 week trip. We live in Seattle, towed our Sunset Trail 239BH just under 1,800 miles to Glacier, Banff, Jasper and back. I wanted to share some of our itinerary, where we stayed and some recommendations in case anyone is considering one of these destinations in the near future.
Pre-trip, we replaced our stock tires with Goodyear Endurance trailer tires, very happy with the peace of mind on a long haul. Our TT is a 2018 model and the factory tires had about 1,200 miles on them.
Seattle to Glacier we stayed mid-way at Silverwood theme park, in the Idaho panhandle. RV park on site, you walk to the water/theme park from your trailer site, discount tickets when you camp on-site. Great stop for kids, beautiful and spacious site.
Silverwood to Glacier we camped at the East Glacier KOA. Spendy and cramped sites. The best part definitely was their location, 2 miles from the Going-to-the-sun road park entrance and about a 15 minute drive to the Many Glacier entrance road. Most expensive site we stayed at $90 per night, our 4 nights in Glacier cost more money than our combined 8 nights in the Canadian national parks. Glacier highlight trails, there are many to chose from, what we chose:
- Logan Pass 4 mile hike round trip to Hidden Lake
- Many Glacier area--hiked swift current trail to Fishercap Lake/Redrock Lake/Bullhead Lake 7 miles round trip. We saw a moose standing in the lake feeding on submerged grasses. A grizzly was spotted on the same trail earlier that morning. I was ok with missing it
- Many Glacier area--Grinnell Lake, did not hike to Grinnell Glacier, too strenuous for the kids. Saw another moose emerge from the lake shore and stand in the lake and feed.
Glacier to Banff we stayed at Tunnel Mountain Trailer court in the town of Banff. RV park itself was enormous, but spread out enough where you did not feel cramped like sardines. Full hooks ups. Tons to see, what we chose:
- Moraine Lake
- Peyto Lake
- Lake Louise
- Banff Gondola
Banff to Jasper we stayed at Wabasso Campground just south of Jasper. Whistlers campground (the biggest in Jasper) was closed for the entire 2019 year for renovation and updates. Wabasso campground was beautiful, water and electric no sewer, firewood provided for a $5 daily fee, all the wood you want. Site located on the Athabasca River, and you pass Athabasca falls on the road to the campground. Every single day we saw a bear driving on our campground road. What we did:
- Maligne Lake boat tour to Spirit Island
- Columbia Glacier and sky walk
- Icefields parkway drive
- River raft the Athabasca River
- Athabasca Falls
Jasper to Seattle we found a RV park in Kamloops which was the half way point.
Wildlife was amazing, our final counts:
23 Bears, included in count were 2 grizzlies, saw about 8 cubs all black bears
4 moose, one was a calf
1 fox with a baby
Sorry for the long post, any questions or info just ask. Stay safe out there.