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Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by ranjeevp


We are planning a visit to the Banff/Jasper National Park area for 10 days in August.

Can you please help us plan our itinerary for must-see locations? We are traveling with 2 kids (6 and 4 yrs. old) and prefer some good easy hikes.


Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by JessieLang

While in Banff, be sure to take the tram up the mountain. It takes off near the big Banff lodge. The kids may be too young to appreciate the view, but they will probably enjoy the ride itself.

If you are lucky, as I was, you may see mountain sheep grazing right by the platform.

Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by gail128

Fly into Calgary.
Drive to Banff (2 days)
Drive to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake (They are next to each other.. Must see) (1 day)
Drive the Icefield Parkway which has many turnoffs for sight seeing (Not much time for hikes. Start off early in Lake Louise. The Icefield Parkway took one full day. Buy food in the Lake Louise area and fill you your tank. Not much in between. There's a big glacier midway. Stop there for facilities and you can ride the big snow bus)
Jasper (One or two days)
Maligne Lake (Near Jasper; can take boat ride)
Drive to Edmonton. (1 or 2 days)
Drive back to Calgary

You add in the hikes.

Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by Tricky_Dicky69

Hi, depends a lot on where you are flying in and out of. If you can let us know that would help.

Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by ranjeevp

We are flying into Calgary.

Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by lizscoular

Several places to hike at Lake Louise - and I believe there are some fairly easy trails there for youngsters.

Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by cva6n8

Here is a website that will give you some more ideas about the area.


Re: Help to plan itinerary for a 10-day trip to Banff/Jasper National Park

by Travelbug2010

The hike from the lake (Lake Louise) up to the Lake Agnes Teahouse is done by people with young children all the time. Or you could take them out on Lake Louise in one of the canoe rentals.

Johnston Canyon on the 1A between Lake Louise and Banff is a very nice family friendly hike as well. Kids are the energized ones that I always see running on many of the hikes around the Rocky Mountains, it's us adults that poop out, lol.

In Jasper head to the Fairmont hotel area and take a nice walk along the lake there. A flat very pretty trail goes around it. You can rent canoes on that lake too or the paddle boats are fun.

When I go to Jasper I like to take the drive out to Maligne Lake. We quite often see wildlife along the way. Medicine lake is a nice stop enroute. A bit pricey, but at Maligne lake there is a boat tour you can do.

Many of the areas along the road between Jasper and Lake Louise (Columbia Icefield Parkway) have sights that you don't have to go to far to see. There are hikes into Maligne Canyon where you can go as far into or as little as you like before turning around.

They might thing the huge buses that go onto the Athabasca Glacier are kind of neat, but again quite expensive. But most everything touristy like that in the Rocky Mountains is.

This site shows all the stuff to do along the Columbia Icefields parkway http://www.icefieldsparkway.ca/

Enjoy the Rocky Mountains:)

Travel Tips for Banff National Park

Go to the Rockies - take a car...

by sandysmith

Go to the Rockies - take a car - and stop where you want at so many beautiful places on the Banff to Jasper highway - see travelogue The view of the Rockies and Calgary from the flight over from Vancouver

Make the most of your time

by chrisbanff

The best thing about Banff is the scenery. I have been all around the Americas and the only thing that comes close is maybe Santa Marta area in Colombia.

The tip I would like to give skiers is to go between Easter and the end of May. Prices drop, the crowds go away and it snows a lot. For locals, April and May are favourite ski months. www.independentbanff.com is a good place to find current information. One time I was walking at night with some friends near whisky creek and a wolf did a full circle around me and my friends. It wasn't at all aggressive (wolves aren't dangerous like hollywood would have you believe)

A brief visit to Banff and Jasper

by oldguy472003

Banff is a year round destination and very family friendly at any time.
Find a hotel in Banff or Canmore for nights one and two. Use that hotel as a base to explore the area. Stop in at the visitors center in Banff, they have lots of great advice. Some things to do: Take the gondala up Sulfur Mtn and do some walking up there, there is a lot to see so you could spend a couple of hours and have a snack at the chalet. Enjoy the hot springs in the evening and check out a informal spot to eat, There are plenty of excellent restaurants in both Banff and Canmore. Drive up to Mount Norquay and take the trail to Stony Squaw mtn from the parking lot (a bit rough in spots). Even if you decide not to walk the trail the drive up is really nice so be sure you do it. Visit Johnson's canyon on hwy 1A for a spectacular family friendly walk, on the way to Lake Louise. Hwy 1A is nicest from Banf to Eisenhower junction, so switch to the main highway from the Junction to Lake Louise.
In lake Louise you can walk up to the little Bee Hive and Lake Agnes (a bit rough) for a great view of the lake or just take the trail around the lake if you don't feel like climbing. Visit moraine lake as well. Have tea at the chateau Lake Louise as well if you get the chance.
Lake Louise would be a good place for you to stay your third night.
Day 4 get an early start and head up the icefields parkway to Jasper for your fourth night. Be prepared to spend all day getting there with visits to Peyto Lake viewpoint and the columbia icefields. After a night in Jasper head back down the parkway to Mount Edith Caval and Athabasca Falls. See the Northern part of the Parkway from a different direction as you make your way south to Saskatchewan river crossing. Turn East and travel through the beautiful David Thompson area to Red Deer for your last night. The following day you have a short jaunt to the airport in Calgary and you are off. Probably one of my favorite memories is taking the gondola in Jasper and hiking with my young son in a kid carrier on the top of the mountain. My wife had our infant daughter in a front mount child carrier and we spent hours at the top of the mountain just rambling and exploring.

Don't expect to spend a week in Banff.

by Quartzy

Banff is a very beautiful city and you have to make a stop there if you're in Alberta. However, it is a very small city and it is obvious that it survives mainly on tourism. So if you're not into ski, which you could do every day and never get tired of it, this town will be too small for you to spend a whole week there. Consequently, if you're in town for more than 3 or 4 days, I suggest you take the Icefields Parkway up to Jasper National Park and then make a stop in Edmonton, which is only about 4 hours away.


by LoriPori

Lake Louise is 1,730 metres (5,680 feet) above sea leved. The world famous Chateau Lake Louise sits at the opposite end of the lake from Mt. Victoria and Victoria Glacier. The nearest surrounding mountains, Mt. LeFroy and Mt. Fairview, are in the background. Melting glacier silt creates the striking turquoise colour of the lake and keeps it at a frigid temperature year round.


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