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Driving From Thunderbay to the Okanagan Valley

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Driving with my Aunt across most of the country. We are taking the Yellowhead Highway. We'll be hitting Winnipeg, Edmonton for the major cities, and who knows what in between. I think the destination is Kelowna (she has yet to decide where she is moving too). Recommendations for food stops? Also need rec's for hotels that take pets :) Yes I get to drive across the country with 3 cats. Doesn't that sound like fun?

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  1. I'm not sure why you are driving through Edmonton. Not just because I am from Calgary and think Calgary is better (I am and I do) but it's further that way. Maybe you want to drive the Yellowhead? Or have family in Edmonton?

    There are a few nice threads here about food in Edmonton. Many more about the great food in Calgary but whatever... <wink>

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    1. re: sharonanne

      On this string would recommend the Calgary route, and I am not from Calgary. If you do you are liable to get better views and food. If you do might I reccomend the Truffled Pig in Field.

      Heard about it here on Chow and was not disappointed. And this a food joint in a town of 200. It is the general store, liquor outlet and has very good food. Was the food suprise of our camping trip last year.

      Of note get there early as in summer it packs up quickly, and they don't do reservations.

      1. re: squeegeeboy

        We are going in late April so I don't think it would be a problem. However I think my Aunt has it stuck in her head that we are taking the northern route "the scenic way"
        as she calls it. I however think I have seen enough snow.
        I need places to go in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton.
        Anyone? Anyone at all?

        1. re: starlady

          Either way, the scenery starts once you hit the Rockies, that is west of either Calgary or Edmonton. While the route through Jasper, past Mt Robeson, and down 5 to Kelowna is nice, I think the transCanada through Banff, Yoko, and Glacier National Parks is more scenic. It is also shorter. Or you could enter BC via the Crowsnest, and approach the Okanagan from the southeast.

          paulj

          1. re: paulj

            Regarding Saskatoon, you may want to check out one of the recent posts called "Saskatoon?" for some restaurant recommendations. As for hotels, try and stay downtown (keeping in mind that downtown Saskatoon is easy to get to and easy to get around!). I'm not sure if they take pets but I'd recommend the Sheraton or the Radisson. Both are located along the river and are very "scenic". (Oh yah, contrary to paulj's opinion, the scenery doesn't just start when you hit the Rockies. There is beautiful scenery all along the prairies!) There are several decent places for food close to downtown, many within walking distance from the hotels. The Sheraton has Carver's Steakhouse. The Radisson has Aroma Restobar. St. Tropez is a few blocks away as are many other places such as the Samurai, 2nd Avenue Grill, John's Primerib, Spadina Freehouse and The Barking Fish. The Broadway area of the city, which has Calories, Wezceria, and Pestos, is just across the river and within walking distance (20min) if you're feeling energetic! I'm sure the hotel staff would recommend some very good places if you tell them what type of atmosphere and food you're after.