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My wife and I are planning to spend the first 12 days of July in the Canadian Rockies. Please advise us how many days should be spent in each of the following: Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Yoho national Park. We enjoy hiking, bike riding, golf and some city activities as well. Didn't know if it was worth spending a couple of days in Calgary during this trip? It's a special anniversary and plan on staying at nice hotels. Thanks for helping plan how many days in each place. Dave

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    Welcome!

    If you want to find accommodation in nicer hotels, you need to book ASAP. July 1 is a national holiday in Canada, so accommodation around that time is booked up very far in advance. The Chateau Lake Louise, for instance, is apparently already booked out for some days during that weekend/week, and I'm guessing the other Fairmont properties may have limited availability already as well.

    I'm not much on cities, so I can't help on Calgary, though perhaps a night or two. However you may have a very difficult time finding any accommodation as the Stampede runs the 4-13th and it's near impossible to find a place to stay during that period. If you go, you may want to make it your first two days.

    For the mountains, you probably want to split your time between Jasper and Lake Louise/Banff. Perhaps 3 nights in Jasper and 4-6 in the Banff/LL/YoHo area which could be split between Banff and either Lake Louise or YoHo. Then a couple of days in Calgary?

    LL and Banff are close together, and both close to YoHo, so you can base yourself in one location or opt to stay in more than one place. Options in Lake Louise are a lot more limited, so availability might be tricky by now, but it can be nice to stay there a night or two to see the lake without the hordes of tourists and get an early start on the hiking trails. Emerald Lake Lodge in YoHo is beautiful, but you need to book ASAP and the few options in Field are probably booked up. There are also a couple of nice places between LL and Banff.

    I would get online and book ASAP and be flexible. Jasper Park Lodge is by far the nicest in Jasper, but there are more options around LL and Banff for upscale lodgings. For Calgary, you may have to be farther out or lower quality.

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