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Returning home (one to Toronto and the other to South Florida) from Calgary after a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.

I was in Banff a couple of years ago so I've pretty much got that covered.

If we leave Glacier by 9AM we could be in Banff Townsite by 2PM. That will give us about 2 1/2 days as we've got to be in Calgary to sleep over and catch morning flights. So we could probably leave from the area near the town of Banff by 7PM and allow for some time to have a bite in Calgary and return the rental car. We're staying at the Delta in the airport so no issues there as I've done that before.

The interests are photography: Scenery, waterfalls, wildlife. Relatively short hikes are fine but not enough time for lengthy hikes.

We have reservations for one night in the town of Banff and another in Jasper.

For Banff: Lake Minnewanka (bighorn), Mt Norquay early and late for black bears, Johnston Canyon (hike) for both waterfalls, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake. We'll probably stop by Lake Louise since we're right there but in my opinion doesn't come close to Moraine Lake.

Jasper.
Drive up the Icefields Parkway and make short stops at most/all viewpoints. Some of the viewpoints also have short hikes attached with waterfalls (Sunwapta, more?)

Stop at Bow Summit (see above) for Peyto Lake.

And now the main question. I've read about Maligne Road and Cavell Road. Both seem to be prime areas for wildlife viewing and have short hikes along them.

Since they are both quite close to the town of Jasper where we are staying, we may be able to stop at one on the way north and the other on the way south. I may be too optimistic here but it does get dark late and wildlife viewing at dusk is good.

If we have to make a choice of one or the other, which should we choose and why.

Thanks in advance.

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