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Driving from winnipeg to Calgary!!

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Driving from winnipeg to Calgary!!

Hi, I am planing on driving from Winnipeg to Calgary,with a friend of mine.
I am from a different country ans so I am not sure about thing to see on the way and also in Calgary. We out planing our trip for 5 day.

If someone can help me out, with detail about,: How long should the drive take, place to visit on the way, Thing to do in Calgary, Night life in calgary, Route to take (information beyond maps.google.com - like construction, bad road, etc) and also any personel experiance.

Thanks
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The drive will take about 14 hours - you could do it in one very long, boring day.

I can't think of many alternate routes to following the Trans Canada Highway #1 straight through.

If you want to break the trip up, you can stop in Regina - it is about 6 hours west of Winnipeg (8 hours from Calgary). If you like waterslides, many hotels in Regina seem to have them.
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Moose Jaw, SK is about dead centre between Winnipeg and Calgary on the Trans Canada.

And a much nicer place to visit than Regina, I might add :) .
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Jono wrote:
May 9th, 2008 10:42 am
The drive will take about 14 hours - you could do it in one very long, boring day.
Or you can break it up into 2 short 7 hour boring days :)
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Jul 11, 2006
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Get to calgary as fast as you can. The road from the saskatchewan border to calgary is very good and you can go 120-125 pretty safely without getting a ticket (speed limit is 110km/hr). I'm from Regina and live in Calgary now. I have done that portion of the trip in about 6 hours because it is 775 km.

Their really is nothing to see along the way until you get to Calgary, it is flat and boring. Maybe drumheller if you like dinosaurs, or the tunnels in moosejaw, but forget about finding anything interesting along the way. When you get to calgary their is stuff to do, not really in calgary unless you want to see another city, but their are the mountains which are nice and much better then he boring flat treeless prairs you will drive across for 14 hours to get their.

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Jono wrote:
May 9th, 2008 10:42 am
The drive will take about 14 hours - you could do it in one very long, boring day.
Is there any place to see, even if we take a detour..I dont mind driving extra few hours on the way, especially if there is something to do...becasue i got 4 days in calgary and i doubt there are thing to do for that long!!
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tkertise wrote:
May 9th, 2008 1:01 pm
Get to calgary as fast as you can. The road from the saskatchewan border to calgary is very good and you can hours to get their.

Tyler
I heard there are lot of casions in saskatchewan, does anyone know which are more popular once? Also are all of them in a cluster or is spread apart??

Also thanks for all the replies!!
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You could take in a 2007 Grey Cup Champs Saskatchewan Roughriders game in Regina....
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joetharayil wrote:
May 10th, 2008 12:24 am
I heard there are lot of casions in saskatchewan, does anyone know which are more popular once? Also are all of them in a cluster or is spread apart??

Also thanks for all the replies!!

Along the road there's Casino Regina, and Casino Moose Jaw. Both of them suck, and both of them don't use real money in the slot machines anymore.
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Nov 7, 2003
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Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Fort Walsh National Park are both really nice and not far off the Trans-Canada. If you go to Cypress Hills, you can take a rough road between the SK and AB side and end up at Elkwater, AB. It is actually a beautiful drive if youhave the time.

Unfortunately, the Trans-Canada bypasses all of the interesting parts of SK and southern Albera.
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If you don't like speeding tickets watchout for the following:

Virden, MB
Broadview, SK
Gull Lake, SK
Strathmore, AB

I would say you have a good chance of getting a ticket if speeding within 40-50k of these places.

In alberta you probably should take an extended trip to banff, jasper, lake louise since people come from all over the world to see them. I also really like the drive from calgary to drumheller it like badlands of south dakota.

Moose Jaw has a new spa that is quite popular if you are into that.
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