At the beginning of September I'll be doing a drive from Calgary to Langley, BC. I've done the drive many many times, but I've always gone the typical: Calgary - Banff - Kelowna or Kamloops - Hope - Langley route.
I will be hauling a heavy horse trailer, and was wondering if the route via Cranbrook along the US border is better or worse. By which I mean, less steep grades, less turns and curves, etc.
With a horse trailer I'm taking turns very slowly (usually 10km below cautionary posted signs) so the more turns the slower the trip. I think Google Maps said it was an extra 4 hours to go this way, but with the construction and ridiculously slow speed limits going through Banff, I've spent a good 2+ hours even getting through the Banff area before. So if the Cranbrook / Creston / Grand Forks / Princeton / Manning Park / Hope route is a straighter shot, I'd be interested in trying that.
Any thoughts or experiences?
Note: I cannot enter the US with the horses, so while Google Maps seems to think that going all the way down in Montana and then back up through Seattle is a good idea, I cannot take any border crossing routes!