CANADIAN ROCKIES

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Apr 3rd, 2006, 12:48 PM
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CANADIAN ROCKIES

WHICH IS BETTER WITH THE TIME I HAVE IN THIS ORDER:
1 NIGHT AT LAKE LOUISE
2 NIGHTS AT JASPER
1 NIGHT AT BANFF
OR:
1 NIGHT AT LAKE LOUISE
1 NIGHT AT JASPER
2 NIGHTS AT BANFF
WE ARE A FAMILY IN OUR 30'S AND LOVE SCENIC DRIVES AND SHORT HIKES LESS THAN .5 MILE.IS THEIR ENOUGH TO WARRANT 2 DAYS IN JASPER A SOPPOSED TO BANFF? THANKS FOR ANY INFO.

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Apr 3rd, 2006, 01:41 PM
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Hello vgronek,

You don't need to switch between Lake Louise and Banff. They are close enough that one can serve as a base for seeing the other.

I really would not like to have less than 3 nights in either Banff or Lake Louise and 2 nights in Jasper. However, if you are forced to work with a total of only 4 nights, I suggest 2 nights in Jasper and 2 nights in Lake Louise or Banff.

If you have only 4 nights instead of 5 nights, we could help you to prioritize. For example, conventional wisdom says that you should see Johnston Canyon near Banff townsite and Maligne Canyon near Jasper townsite. But if you are short on time and can see only one of them, I recommend Malgine, as I consider it to be the more impressive of the two.

It also helps to know more context. For example, would you be accessing the Rockies by flying in and out of Calgary, or would you be driving through them on your way from, say, Vancouver to, say, Calgary?

Cmcfong gave you a link to my website. It may help you to find your way around it more easily if I point you directly to a suggested 4-night itinerary (an itinerary that assumes that you're flying in and out of Calgary):

http://groups.msn.com/CalgaryandCana...ips/5days.msnw

It would be great if you could turn off your CapsLock key and type in lower case. I find it difficult to read text that's typed in upper case.
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Apr 4th, 2006, 05:07 AM
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thank you for your response-i appreciate the help.
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Apr 4th, 2006, 09:21 AM
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If we knew how and where you were arriving in the area, I think we could advise you better.

In the Lake Louise area, there are many places to visit. The < .5 mile hike limit does put a damper on what you can see.

I am 73 and find that limit to be very short.

You will chew up the half mile just walking from the Lake Louise parking lot to the lakeshore viewpoint and back.

And at Angel Glacier near Jasper, you would be able to view the tongue of the glacier, but you would not be able to walk to the ice itself or the lake without exceeding your limit.

So given that constraint, I don't really think it matters. Even the Peyto Lake view point is out of range.
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Apr 4th, 2006, 09:48 AM
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agree with judy - 2 in banff or lake louise (i would not move) and 2 in jasper
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Apr 4th, 2006, 07:02 PM
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once you visit the Lake, you will fall in love with the place and not want to leave anyways... so you might as well book 2 nights there!
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