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    Default driving to vancouver from edmonton

    Hi,

    What is the easiest/safest route to take to go to vancouver? Via Calgary or via Jasper?
    We are planning on driving tomorrow 5 hours and the remainder on tuesday....
    we have an suv with good winter tires, any advice or tips....thank you.

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    Via Jasper is probably best.

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    good luck, I drove in the summer and it was not fun...
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    Coquihalla to kamloops and then up to Jasper. And arrive in Edmonton just as the cold snap leaves. Better hwy than the southern route.
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    ^ Psst, it's to Vancouver from Edmonton. Other way around. =)
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    Don't take the Rogers Pass route - it's subject to frequent closures due to weather.
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    Basically this:

    Van-Kam = ~4-5hrs
    Kam-Jasper = ~ 5-6hrs
    Jasper-Edm = ~4hrs

    It is quite scenic and although the temps we have seen are not that fun to deal with if you have winters on you will be fine. Be sure to stock up on a good road-side kit and extra warmth just in case though.
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    EDM-VAN is much easier on Hwy 16 - Hwy 5 - Hwy 1.
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    Van via Jasper is certainly quicker and you avoid Roger's Pass which sometimes has closures due to snow. But we always go via Calgary as we have family to stay with. We drive down to Calgary Friday night. Then Calgary - Van in a straight shot on Saturday, or overnight in Kamloops if kids complain!

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    I tend to take the Yellowhead, however there do tend to be LOT of deer at night along Highway 5 from the Tete Jaune corner to close to Barriere. Yellowhead pass tend to close less than Kickinghorse or Rogers. Coquihalla pass can be a nightmare during winter, but still a better option then the Fraser Canyon highway.

    You might want to check these before you go
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    http://www.ama.ab.ca/road_report/cam...ation_main.htm

    BC
    http://www.drivebc.ca/

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    Do you have any option of flying over there and say getting a rental car? A 1.5 hour relaxing flight can sure beat 12-15 hours of unpredictable mountain winter driving.

    But if you must then take the Jasper Kamloops route. I believe it is the quicker and better route.

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    I will also be traveling to Vancouver for holidays. I have a new SUV (4x4) and all season tires, and I'm not experienced in winter driving. Do I need winter tires/chains?

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    ^likely not but i would recommend winter tires.
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