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Help needed for early June Canadian Rockies trip

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We've had great vacations thanks to the suggestions of Fodorites, so I hope you can help us refine our plans. Our family of 4, including daughters in early 20s, are flying to Calgary for June 1-10 trip. Mostly, we want to hike and sight-see in Banff and Jasper NPs and want to relax by staying places several nights. An exception is that we are considering a side trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park and Spruce Meadows. Our suggested itinerary:

6/1: Arrive Calgary 11 am. Drive to Jasper. Stay 3 nights. I know there's plenty on the forum about hikes and must-do experiences, but I'm not thinking about that yet, and I know we'll have to be flexible depending on weather.
6/4: Drive back to Banff, giving us two chances to see Icefields Parkway in case one way is raining. Stay 4 nights to explore Banff/Lake Louise area.
6/8: Drive to Spruce Meadows and watch the show jumping. Then drive out toward Dinosaur PP for night.
6/9: Do dino hike/bus ride. Drive back to Calgary.
6/10 Flight home.

Any reactions to the above would be MUCH appreciated. Plus...

Where to stay? Esp. in Jasper and Banff, we want places with cooking facilities to keep restaurant expenses down. I saw a lot of recs for places like Patricia Lake Bungalows, Becker's Chalets, and Alpine Village in Jasper. Are those better than staying in one of the home accommodations in town? We've found that sometimes it's nice to be in a town and sometimes the town is nothing great. At least early June shouldn't be too crowded. Banff sounds like more of a destination than Jasper. Anyone have favorite places to stay around Banff?

Have people been to Dinosaur PP. Is it worth the drive? We thought it would be fun to see some different topography (badlands) and do a different kind of hike. Didn't think we'd have time to fit in the Drumheller museum, and this seemed more unusual. Or would it be better to stay longer in the Rockies?

Suggestions of where to stay in Calgary our last evening so we can get a taste of it? Or better to just stay at an airport hotel?

By the way, ideally we don't want to break the bank with lodgings--something in the $200 range max would be ideal, though the places people rave about may be more than that.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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