From the bloggers at Rolling in a RV.
Kootenay, Yoho, Banff and Jasper, sharing borders, form a contiguous park of mountains, valleys, glaciers, lakes and outstanding scenery. It’s such a unique place and in some ways very different from US parks so I decided more information would be helpful to other visitors.
You must have a park pass if you’re stopping at any overlook, picnic ground or campground in the parks. You also need one to drive the Icefields Parkway and the Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic secondary road between Banff and Lake Louise. Fees are per person and per day so if you’re visiting for at least seven days or will be visiting other parks in Canada it’s economical to buy an annual Discovery Pass.
The two west to east routes, Hwy 1 and Hwy 16, follow the train routes through the mountains and are two lane, high speed roads. Since these routes are also the best ways to get from the west coast to Alberta there’s a lot of truck traffic. The 55 mph speed limit makes it hard to sightsee.
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