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Banff, Calgary, Jasper in 4 -5 days ..in May 2010..is it doable?

Banff, Calgary, Jasper in 4 -5 days ..in May 2010..is it doable?

May 7th, 2010, 10:31 PM
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Banff, Calgary, Jasper in 4 -5 days ..in May 2010..is it doable?

I am planning to make a 4-5 day trip to Calgary, Banff and Jasper..flying out of Washington DC to Calgary and back for the May 31 long weekend. Is this doable or i need more days.
Please clarify.
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May 8th, 2010, 01:06 AM
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I would forget Jasper but you could have a nice trip to Banff in that time...you would need more time for Jasper as well.
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May 8th, 2010, 12:22 PM
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O agree. it's not really possible. It takes 2 days to drive from Banff to Jasper if you want to enjoy the Icefield Parkway at all.. so that's 2 days up and 2 days back, with no time at all in Banff or Jasper.
I'd visit Banff, and enjoy all there is to do in this area. Visit Lake Louise and other beautiful sites in the Banff area.
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May 9th, 2010, 09:40 AM
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If you take 2 days to go between Banff and Jasper, where do you stay on night 1 (we were headed from Banff to Jasper in November but got turned back by weather -- we'd love to return in summer)?
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May 9th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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Banff to Jasper is a comfortable one-day trip, but one could stay overnight at the Glacier View Hotel at the Icefield Centre.
There's also the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake, but it's fairly close to Lake Louise, so not very far along the Icefields Parkway.

However, with 4-5 days from Calgary, I'd concentrate on Banff and Lake Louise and perhaps Yoho Park. There's plenty there to fill the time.
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May 11th, 2010, 05:55 AM
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If you really wanted to see the ice fields Brewster does offer a tour from Banff and then you wouldn't have to do any driving. You could sleep on the way back to Banff. You could rubber neck instead of driving. Just a thought. But if you can take more time then do it there is way more to see than just Banff or Lake Louise. Hwy 93 south to Radium has lots of different sites.
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May 11th, 2010, 09:36 PM
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Banff to Jasper is not quite 180 miles, or 280 km - a 3.5 hour drive. It usually takes people a day to drive it, because there are so many scenic places to stop - look-outs, glacial lakes, waterfalls etc. The highway between Lake Louise and Jasper is called the Icefields Parkway and has been rated by National Geographic as one of the "Drives of a Lifetime". www.icefieldsparkway.ca

You could go from Calgary to Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper and return in five days - it would be an "overview" kind of trip. If that doesn't interest you, I would suggest focussing on Banff and Lake Louise.

May 24 is the end of a long weekend in Canada - but it sounds like you are going to miss it.
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