Canada Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Canada activity »
  1. 1 BUY fake/real passports VISA US-GREEN-CARD IDS etc..billymark314@gmail.com
  2. 2 Toronto Family Trip with Teens, kids, and Babies
  3. 3 lodging in whistler
  4. 4 Onoir - eating in complete darkness
  5. 5 BC or Alberta drives
  6. 6 Torino in february
  7. 7 Vancouver to Vancouver island
  8. 8 Fall road trip with a dog Toronto to East Coast
  9. 9 Trip Report My Family Travle Vlog
  10. 10 Skiing in Whistler
  11. 11 Banff - best route to visit these highlights
  12. 12 Oct driving conditions in the Canadian Rockies
  13. 13 Nova Scotia: Fort Louisbourg?
  14. 14 Neighbourhoods recommendation in Vancouver, BC
  15. 15 What is famous in canada?
  16. 16 Looking for fellow travellers
  17. 17 Banff conference- 2 days to sightsee
  18. 18 Pacific Central Rail Station Vancouver--Taxi?
  19. 19 Boston to Cabot Trail for foliage
  20. 20 Happy Canada Day
  21. 21 Calgary plus Canada Rockies- Advice
  22. 22 Trip Report Across Canada by Train
  23. 23 Montreal & Quebec City
  24. 24 Ottawa in December
  25. 25 Recommended car hire
View next 25 » Back to the top

Banff 3-day itinerary questions

Jump to last reply

My wife, son (2 years old at the time of the trip), and I are heading to Banff next July. We will land in Calgary a little after noon on a Saturday and fly out the following Wednesday, so that gives us a 3 full days to enjoy the area.

We are looking to take in the scenery and do some light/moderate hiking (no major hikes with the toddler onboard). After some early research it seems like most of the stuff that looks most interesting to me is up nearer to Lake Louise than Banff, so I was planning on staying there even though it has less to do at night and is a bit more expensive. We also want to limit the driving as much as possible with a toddler in the car.

Other than the gondola and the nightlife/shopping, what will we be missing by not staying in Banff? Also, how big of an attraction is the gondola compared to the rest of the scenery we'll be seeing? We live in northern Utah within an hour of 7 different ski resorts so we've done a fair amount of summer gondola rides before.

Our rough itinerary right now is:

Day 1) Explore Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. Maybe rent a canoe/kayak and do some light hiking. Check out Johnston Canyon.

Day 2) Drive about half way up Icefields Parkway with stops at Emerald Lake, Peyto Lake, and a bus out onto the glacier, as well as anywhere else that catches our eye along the way. Again, maybe a short hike if there is a good one around.

Day 3) Plan to make the meat of the day a nice moderate hike (suggestions)?

I am also a photographer so I will be either up early or out late some of the days for sunrise/sunset photos.

Do those days seem reasonable? Any of them over/under booked? Is there anything major that we're missing and should try to fit in? I haven't really looked at Yoho which I think is right nearby Lake Louise, should we try to work some of the highlights from there in?

3 days just doesn't seem like enough time but it's better than nothing!

1 Reply |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement