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PA12DRVR

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Posted: 06/27/19 10:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's a bit (IMNSHO and FWIW) of a conundrum re: Motels. Later in the summer (June onward) there are more options: B&B's open up, more "lodges" or motels open up, etc.....but there are more travelers.

Strictly FWIW, it seems to me that outside of the larger spots (Dawson Creek, Whitehorse to pick a couple) one is likely to find better / nicer accommodations at a B&B / small lodge than at the advertised "motels".

If one is driving a vehicle (i.e. not RV'ng), prior to mid-June, I'd suggest determining where you want to get to for the day by Noon, and pick / call a place by 3:00. Mid-June or after, I'd make the determination and the call the night before. With a vehicle and wanting to motel it, one is a bit more limited (i.e. need to go from town to town) than with an RV. So the location of the "towns" may determine how far you go on any given day and that in turn determines where to look for overnight lodging.


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Posted: 06/27/19 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PA12DRVR wrote:

It's a bit (IMNSHO and FWIW) of a conundrum


Stupid question - what do these acronyms mean?

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cross21114 wrote:

PA12DRVR wrote:

It's a bit (IMNSHO and FWIW) of a conundrum

Stupid question - what do these acronyms mean?

In My Not So Humble Opinion

For What It's Worth

Sometimes you'll also see IMHO, and I trust you can now suss out what that stands for.





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I like IMNTBHO, In my never to be humble opinion.


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Enough of this fun.
Now for those who know Canada?
I want to cross the border on 4th of July weekend, that comes on Thursday.
Would Saturday be a low traffic day?
Do we expect any extra traffic on the 4th in Canada at all?





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The fourth will be just another Thursday in Canada. Expect more traffic by Saturday, as that's weekend time.


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Darryl&Rita wrote:

The fourth will be just another Thursday in Canada. Expect more traffic by Saturday, as that's weekend time.


That's what I was figuring out as well, but I wonder how many US campers will go to BC for long weekend.
When I plan to go against the weekend traffic, I know the road does have good semi trucks traffic as well.
For example going to Vegas from California, I figured out Saturday best day. Weekenders are already there, or going back, while semis usually start Sunday afternoon.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Darryl&Rita wrote:

The fourth will be just another Thursday in Canada. Expect more traffic by Saturday, as that's weekend time.


That's what I was figuring out as well, but I wonder how many US campers will go to BC for long weekend.
When I plan to go against the weekend traffic, I know the road does have good semi trucks traffic as well.
For example going to Vegas from California, I figured out Saturday best day. Weekenders are already there, or going back, while semis usually start Sunday afternoon.


It can depend on which crossing you use. But really..once you are in line...there you are and nothing to be done about it.

Many US folks come into BC..for a variety of reasons..they get a 30%+ uptick on the dollar. Our beer is much better. We Canadians will say sorry for pretty much everything. I mean...what could go wrong? eh..


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Thanks for the replies. I am in position, that staying at brother's 2 hr from the border I can choose day for crossing.
Maybe I am more worried about it, than I should, but last year my son went for European vacations and twice it happen to him to spend over 3 hr at border crossing or freeway accident. That made him cutting the route shorter and missing some destinations.
When I have time for my vacations, I don't enjoy spending it in traffic.

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For what it's worth, while the border crossing can be unexpectedly busy at the strangest times, the best way to avoid traffic while driving L48 to Alaska is to drive at night.

May or may not work for logistics, but having done 20+ round trips, the majority of which were meant to get from L48 to Alaska or back as quick as possible, I've found that driving at night could reduce the duration of that trip by circa 24 hours or more. Obviously, a greater effect if one drives 12 hours per "night" than if one drives 5-6 hours per night, but I've noticed the time savings on my trips regardless of "shift" duration.

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