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Hi,
I'm planning a 1-week trip to Banff and Jasper with wife and 4-years old daughter, flying in to Calgary mid Sept.
My main question is about the scenery. I wish I could see snow-capped mountains and beautiful Autumn colors. Is this realistic in September?
Second question is on itinerary, given my main interest is in beautiful mountains, lakes and forests.
Thanks a lot!
R.

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    Welcome!

    In mid-September it's quite possible to have the first snows of the season on the higher peaks and occasionally at lower altitudes.

    Mid-September is also about the time for peak fall colors at the higher elevations like Lake Louise. However, you don't get the same rich fall colors in the Rockies as you would on the east coast of the US or Ontario, for instance. The forests here are mostly coniferous, so there's just not the same dramatic change of color. The prettiest color is the deep yellow of the larch trees, and that occurs over about a week period in mid to late September.

    As to an itinerary, something like this, with a split of 3-4 nights in Banff and 2-3 nights in Jasper:

    Day 1 - arrive in Calgary, drive to Banff, stay in Banff
    Day 2 - Banff townsite/area, stay in Banff
    Day 3 - Yoho or Lake Louise/Moraine Lake, stay in Banff
    Day 4 - drive to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway, stay in Jasper
    Day 5 - Jasper
    Day 6 - (depending on how many days you actually have) either Jasper or drive back to Banff/Canmore
    Day 7 - either drive back to Banff/Canmore or depart Calgary
    Day 8- depart Calgary

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