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Mar 18th, 2015, 09:45 AM
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Calgary Banff LL Edmonton

Hello Friends, I am in need of help in planning our trip to the Rockies. We are going to be 2 adults and 3 children traveling from Jul 25 - Aug 3.

1 Should i fly into Calgary and out of Edmonton?..or Vice Versa? Reason being with the short time we have , we want to explore as much of that part of Canada as we can.
2. Once we land in Calgary, we have a car we will rent. So sample itinery wil be helpful. Should we just base ourselves in banff?..so therefore i am assuming 3 nights in Banff, 2 nights in LL, 2 nights in Jasper and 2 in Edmonton?...

Any help and input is much appreciated
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Mar 18th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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I would fly in and out of Calgary. The drive from Edmonton to Jasper is long and mostly very boring. You're looking at 4+ hours as opposed to 1.5 hrs from Calgary. Edmonton is nice place to live, but I'd never suggest it as a tourist destination unless you have family or a meeting/conference here. Best to spend your time in the Rockies!

I'd stick with a loop from Calgary. Note that Aug 1-3 is a long weekend here,and usually the busiest weekend of the summer, so you need to book your accommodations and car ASAP. I'd anticipate that roads and airports will be quite busy on the 30/31st of July and August 3rd, so leave extra time to get to the airport/check for your departure.

If you have 7 nights:

Day 1 - arrive, drive to Banff, stay in Banff
Day 2 - spend the day driving to Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, stay in Jasper
Day 3 - Jasper, stay in Jasper
Day 4 - back to Banff/Lake Louise
Day 5 - Banff/Lake Louise area
Day 6 - Banff/Lake Louise area
Day 7 - as above, or Kananaskis Country and stay in Canmore to be a bit closer to the airport

You could also do another night in Jasper and one fewer night back in the Banff/Lake Louise area.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 01:47 PM
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Great..thank you. That certainly helps in the trip planning. Also could you help with where to find info on the icefield truck booking, going to the lookout>
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Mar 20th, 2015, 10:49 PM
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depending what time your flights are, you might need to spend a night in calgary. if you are into significant hiking, lake louise is a good location. the accommodations there are pricey. the hostel has a family room.
i'd fly in and out of calgary. 3 nights banff, 3 nights jasper, 2 nights banff (or lake louise). this allows you to take the icefield parkway twice which is great because (a) it's beautiful and (b) in case you get bad weather one day, hopefully it will be clear skis the next time. pack a picnic and make sure your gas tank is full.
if any of your kids are really into dinosaurs, you might try to fit in a night in drumheller. it's a very unique place.
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Mar 21st, 2015, 10:39 AM
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Well, I was about to write in and out of Calgary but they wrote first.

What you haven't written is how old the children are, whether or not you'll want to do some hiking, if so how long either in time, distance or how strenuous, what other interests such as photography, are you hoping to see some wildlife, etc.

I've been to Banff and Jasper a few times over the past several years. I'm interested in photography, wildlife, scenery, etc. I'll do moderate hikes.

If you're interested you can see some of my trip photos at: www.travelwalks.com
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Mar 22nd, 2015, 11:49 AM
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Absolutely fly in/out of Calgary, kgsneds explains it well. =) You can twiddle the number of days spent where, as Myer points out it's much more helpful if you indicate what kind of things your family likes to do, which will depend on how old your kids are. Younger ones are generally more interested in watching the fly on the car window than looking out that window at scenery!
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Mar 22nd, 2015, 07:45 PM
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Lol, i know the kids are into moderate hikng. i like nature and photography. I have since then booked by tickets in/out of Calgary and now just trying to book the in between. The kids are 12, 13 and 3, I apreciate all the help i am getting. I have gotten a suite at the Paradise resot club. Is it good?
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Mar 23rd, 2015, 01:56 AM
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i know nothing about that resort but just want to make sure you know that it is in canmore, not in banff. many people stay there as accommodations can be less expensive but it just adds on a bit more time driving back and forth if most of what you are doing is in banff / lake louise.
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Mar 23rd, 2015, 06:02 AM
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Which Paradise resort? Is it in Canmore or on the Lake Louise Road.

I suspect it's the one in Canmore.

I'm a believer that if you go somewhere you should try to stay there and do the driving you have to.

It's about 40 minutes between the town of Banff and Lake Louise. So you are adding more driving.

Are you planning on staying there for the whole time and driving from there?

If so, then Jasper and the Icefields Parkway are really not in the picture.

You way want to rethink the lodging and then I've got a list of moderate hikes that are perfect for the group.
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Mar 23rd, 2015, 12:01 PM
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The Paradise Resort Club appears to be in Canmore. Not familiar with property from first hand experience, but it looks like most of the standard rental condo/hotel complexes in Canmore. Despite the name, it's really more of a time share/rental condo complex with additional perks. It's on the main drag and right beside the TransCanada, so probably not the quietest or tranquil location. But you can walk downtown in 10-115 minutes and are close to other restaurants.

I agree that if you are going to be focused on attractions in the Banff/Lake Louise area, it's going to be a hassle. With a 3 year old, I'd probably want to be closer to my accommodations to allow for naps, tantrums, clothing changes etc. I personally strongly prefer Canmore, but I am also focused on outdoor activities (rather than tourist attractions). Canmore is a better base for climbing, and doing hiking/scrambling in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country.
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Mar 23rd, 2015, 02:38 PM
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Per kgsneds' first post, your first night could easily be in Canmore vs Banff; if you stay longer in Canmore, check out Grassi Lakes, it's an interesting hike for kids and adults alike, and probably fits their level. We've also done it with a 3 yo - with a bit of encouragement and a few shoulder rides, it went well. Last July, we spent some great beach time on Quarry Lake, en route to Grassi. (It's not white sand beach, you must understand.)
Any more ideas re your route, now that you have Calgary booked?
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