I'm looking for routing between Saskatoon, SK and Vernon, BC.
When I go to Google Maps, the 'car' route goes via Banff and the Trans-Canada (Highway 1).
When I switch to 'walking' it changes to preferring the Crowsnest highway (3A mostly), with an alternate going through Jasper and taking the Yellowhead.
It's not clear why it suggests the latter as an alternate where it is so much further. The Crowsnest route and #1 seem the two better choices. But I'm not finding much more by way of details.
At one time in the past when I asked Google Maps, it sent me via the northern US. I think I was asking about Saskatoon to Vancouver, but I'm wondering whether that might be a better alternative as well (turning north into the Okanagan valley).
The key criteria are:
- Paved only (or nearly so);
- Less steep climbs, going east to west [tandem];
- Availability of camping, services, etc.
Less critical, but nice to have/know
- road conditions (surface, shoulder),
- traffic level,
- avoid steep, tightly winding descents when going eastbound.
Any reason(s) to choose the Crowsnest over #1? It's about 130 km further.