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Rally driving etiquette in Canada

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  1. slm

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    I am participating in a vintage Porsche rally in about 2 weeks in the Canadian Rockies - Lake Louise, Jesaper, etc. What might I expect as far as police presence, “reasonable “ rally speeds without getting into too much trouble, etc.

    Thanks in advance for any input.
     
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  3. samsaprunoff

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    Good day Steve,

    Lake Louis, Jasper, etc are all within the Province of Alberta (AB) where the highways are policed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP tend to be very strict with speed limits and so on average 10 to 15 km/h (6 - 9 mph) over the posted speed limit is OK, but beyond that it is highly dependent upon the RCMP patrolling, the amount of highway traffic, and how close they are to meeting their monthly ticket "quota" :(. Also, many of the highways are smaller secondary highways and so speed limits can be variable and lower than the main highways, so watch the posted speed limits signs often. If you cross into the next Province over (BC) (which shares the Rockies with AB), their laws allow the RCMP to impound or confiscate your vehicle if the RCMP consider your speeding excessive and/or driving without care... which is all based upon the discretion of the RCMP officer. Consequently, spirited driving is a gamble and if anything it should not be sustained, otherwise you could have an unpleasant day. Lastly, road conditions can also be variable as you enter the Rockies and it is not uncommon to encounter snow or mixed rain/snow at this time of year, or freezing/almost freezing temps at night or morning, and so do not assume that your tires will grip as you would normally expect.

    Enjoy your drive and time in the Rockies, as it is very beautiful with lots to see. Have a great and safe trip!

    Cheers,

    Sam
     
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  4. slm

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    Sam, thanks so much. Just the kind of info I was looking for. I have pretty spoiled here in the Ozark mountains - very sparsely patrolled and very remote. You comments are what I have heard from local law enforcement - eight you’re great, nine you’re mine.
     
  5. tstuli

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    Careful, even in Alberta 50 over gets you a automatic court date.


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  6. nismodrifter

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    Also note, you will be travelling through wild life areas/National Parks where speed is 90km/h and highly enforced. Your drive will take you through a very beautiful part of the world (I am biased as I am born and raised in nearby Calgary, Alberta). Enjoy!
     
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  8. slm

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    Yep. I am so looking forward to this rally!!!
     
  9. samsaprunoff

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    Good day Steve,

    You are very welcome! I am sure you will have a great experience!

    As nismodrifter said, there is a lot of wildlife around (bears, deer, mountain goats, etc) that are at times right next to the highway and so you have to be highly attentive and slow down, as these animals can become easily spooked and run across your path and so drive very, very cautiously if you see any close by. Secondly, under no circumstances should you approach the wildlife. For some reason there are some that think bears are cute... well... they are at a distance, but up close they will literally tear you to shreds.
    Ensure you take and post up some pics.
    Cheers,
    Sam
     
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  10. slm

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    Sam, points well taken. Wildlife wonderful to look at, but it’s not a petting zoo!!! We will be crossing up into Canada next Saturday morning - considered yourselves warned!!! Will post some pics along the way.
     
  11. UpNorth

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    Slm,
    I live on the other side of the Great White North but I can tell you that you’re in for a great time!
    This area is beautiful!
    Enjoy to the fullest!
     
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