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What type of car do we need to drive through the Rockies?

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What type of car do we need to drive through the Rockies?

Hi there

Can anybody advise us on what type of car we need to hire to drive through the Rockies?

There are only 2 of us, is it really necessary to hire a small 4x4, or will a normal compact car suffice?

Obviously we want to cut costs, but want to check whether the roads are ok for a normal car.

Would appreciate some local knowledge!

Thanks ver much



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11. Re: What type of car do we need to drive through the Rockies?

Good to hear nothing special is required as I have booked (June/July) the smallest fuel efficient buzz box I could find at the airport with unlimited km's, for three people and enough luggage space.

Check out this site as it will allow you to work out your fuel costs for the car you are going to hire. I love this idea.


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12. Re: What type of car do we need to drive through the Rockies?

We went in both June (2 weeks) & July (3weeks) & both times picked our car up from banff europcar & had something similar to a Chevrolet Aveo (a bit like a ford focus hatchback), it suited our needs fine for the time of year. The only issue we had with the roads (not the car) was when break up was happening in June, the road was clear, however the road had loads of potholes! We complain about the potholes that are appearing on our roads at the moment due to the "cut backs" that the councils keep chirping on about, but these were "proper" pothole. we were nearly swallowed by one that jumped out at us on the road up to Angel Glacier & we'd booked into a Mountain Youth Hostel, which we couldn't access due to too much snow & only passable by snowshoe or skis. Let us know what you want from your trip. We did the usual touristy thing & travelled between Banff & Jasper over the 5 weeks we were there.

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13. Re: What type of car do we need to drive through the Rockies?

Interesting advice about deers. I live in a deer infested area and the general consensus here among locals is that if a deer (or any other animal other than a moose) jumps in front of your car, you brace yourself and hit it. Never try to avoid a deer or most of people who try end up dead hitting a tree. A moose is a different matter.

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14. Re: What type of car do we need to drive through the Rockies?

madm00se, you'll be happy to hear the Cavell Road underwent some serious repairs and re-paving a couple of years ago. The potholes there were not just from spring break-up; they were the accumulation of many years, and because the road is in a federal national park and not in a local council or municipality's area, the major funding to fix the road had to come from the federal government. The road is still narrow, but has lovely, smooth pavement now.

Unfortunately, last summer there was a large icefall from the Ghost Glacier on the face of Mt. Edith Cavell, which caused flooding which washed out some of the Cavell day-use parking lot and the upper road. Now the safety of the area is under review, and whether the repairs will be done and the road opened for this summer remains to be seen.

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