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Jasper and Banff with 9 year old and Husband who hates crowds!

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Hi All,

Our family will soon be spending approximately 2 weeks in the Jasper/Banff/Yoho area starting August 7th. We are pulling our pop-up camper with us from Michigan and on Monday August 7 will head up from Calgary area to our first camp spot at Whistlers Campground. We are staying there thru Saturday morning the 12th 5 nights) and hoping to high-tail it to Cochrane to see a rodeo (Police Rodeo?) and then stay in Calgary one night then Banff one night until we are camping at Tunnel Mtn Village II (4 nights) or Yoho Kicking Horse Campground if we can get in. Monday the 14th we thought we would head over to Yoho and see about camping, but at least hike something over that way...

My advice request is the following: My 9 year old is a fairly good hiker but only good for maybe around a 6 to 8 mile rt hike - not all day for sure. My husband also despises crowds and I have heard alot of rumblings about how crazy crowded this area will be this August.

So with all that in mind, what hikes/attractions/etc... would you recommend that me and my traveling companions should see and do and would most enjoy?

Also, my son loves to kayak - any (lesser crowded) lakes we could rent something from?

We are into off the beaten path stuff, local establishments (not chain restaurants), and local art and foods... Any advice would be most appreciated!

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