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7 days Itinerary in May in the Canadian Rockies - Banff & Jasper

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I have planned my Spain and Italy vacations using the forums here and have always got very sound advice making my trips highly successful ... Coming back again for the same reason ... We are off to Banff and Jasper National Parks ... Will be there from Sun, May 24 to Saturday May 30 ... Here is our tentative itinerary so far ... Please provide general critique/ level-setting of the itinerary ...

We are a husband/wife couple traveling with our 3 yr old son

Day 1 Sun, May 24 - Drive from Calgary to Banff; City activities in Banff (Tea at Banff Springs Lodge) ; Drive onto Lake Louise and Stay at Paradise Lodge (1Km from lake Louise)

Day 2 Mon, May 25 - Lake Louise/ Lake Morraine Area; Overnight again at Paradise LOdge

Day 3 Tue, May 26 - Yoho National Park ( Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls); More in lake Louise/ Lake Morraine Area; Overnight again at Paradise Lodge

Day 4 Wed, May 27 - Drive on Icefields Parkway using full day (Peyto Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Weeping Wall, etc) to reach Jasper; Overnight at Patricia Lake Bungalows

Day 5 Thurs, May 28 - Jasper Area, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, Athabasca Falls etc; Overnight again at Patricia lake BUngalows

Day 6 Fri, May 29 – More in Jasper Area; Overnight again at Patricia lake Bungalows

Day 7 Sat, May 30 – Spillover day / Drive back to Calgary with stops on way as needed; Reach Calgary by 8 PM

Specific Questions---

- What else to do around the town of Banff??

- What are the must see sights in both the parks and enroute?

- Any feedback on Paradise Lodge in Banff and Patricial Lake Bungalows in Jasper?

- What are the best outdoor activities, the operator to chose and location? We are interested in ATV, glacier walks, horse treks/ horse rides, zipline, and rafting.. We have one more couple traveling with us so we can take turn at watching each other’s kids… But we would like to limit the number of activities to 2 at the most … So need to chose the 2 activities that have most bang for buck in terms of location, scenery, experience and operator efficiency …

- Which of the lakes are likely to be thawed and have the nice color?!? We were a little bummed to find out after booking our tickets that the classic turquoise color will not come till July :(

More questions to follow later …

Thanks a lot,
Vibhav

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