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On my way from Calgary airport to Jasper ( our first stop ). Which hikes should I take in ? I will be staying at Becker's Cottages.
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    When is your trip?
    When does your flight arrive?

    Unless your flight arrives really early, I suspect you won't have much time for hikes on that day. We usually suggest allowing at least one hour from the time your flight arrives to when you will actually leave the airport. Then from the airport to Jasper, it's probably going to be at least 5.5 hrs of actual driving time, likely longer given construction and traffic.

    That doesn't include stops for gas, food, photographs, viewpoints, getting your parks pass at the Banff east gates. If the weather is good, you want to use as much of the time as possible in case the weather isn't so good on your return trip (or if you are only doing one shot on the parkway).

    I would probably want to get through to at least the Icefields Parkway without too many stops. Depending on the dates/timing of your trip, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake may be very busy by the time you arrive. So I suggest you get food in Canmore -- Banff can be gridlock during summer days and Lake Louise parking can be tricky at peak times. If you can find parking in Lake Louise, that might be good for a short stop to get lunch/food and re-fuel.

    So, if you have time for short hikes/walks, perhaps a bit around the lakeshore at Bow Lake or do the viewpoint at Bow Summit for Peyto Lake. Perhaps stop at Mistaya Canyon or one of the many falls in Jasper NP.

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    On our second trip to the area we drove Calgary to Jasper the first day and did the Parker Ridge hike on the way up. Short steep hike up to an alpine meadow with great view of the Saskatchewan glacier. Short enough that it doesn’t take a lot of time, but steep enough to get you huffing and puffing a bit. We stayed at Becker 2014 after staying at Patricia Lake previous trips as they were booked. Becker chalet was nice/clean and good location on the river.

    Agree with kgsneds about stopping midday in Banff or even Lake Louise. Banff especially just packed and not easy to get into or out of. Lake Louise or Moraine Lake you have to get to early to even get a parking spot. Order your park pass online ahead of time so you don’t have to wait at the gate.

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