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Please plan our Saturday-Sunday Canadian Rockies trip!

Please plan our Saturday-Sunday Canadian Rockies trip!

Jan 14th, 2017, 09:31 AM
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Please plan our Saturday-Sunday Canadian Rockies trip!

Hi all...

Pls come to the rescue!

Traveling with my 9 year old and husband flying into Calgary on august 19. After about 2-3 hours my son gets nuts in the car. He loves to travel but 5 hour stretches aren't fun, and my husband commutes 2 hours to work everyday and would prefer not to either. That's said we've committed to seeing the Rockies this summer.

After Banff - we'd like to travel up to jasper with the faint hope we'll see the northern lights. The drive back to Calgary is 5 hours. Question is - should we stay a few nights near lake Louise and just drive to jasper the 3 hours there and back in a day? How would you break up the trip?

Have august 19-27th. Could also fly out on 18th.

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Jan 14th, 2017, 11:10 AM
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Google Maps estimates the drive from Banff to Jasper at about three and a half hours. It is mountain driving, of course. So you might want to spend a night in Jasper, although you realize seeing the northern lights is a long shot. The shortest return to Calgary is through Banff anyhow, according to Google, estimating about 90 minutes to get through the foothills. Maybe the car-phobic members of the group should be making the decisions so they can't complain during the ride.
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Jan 16th, 2017, 04:12 AM
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Banff to Jasper has usually taken up about 2/3 of a day for us. This is one of the most beautiful roads in the world, and so you'll want to pull off here and there to take in the view. If you indulge in any short hikes, plan on a full day. Not stopping at all is a shame; but if you do, plan on about 1/2 day to make the drive.

Don't plan on seeing the northern lights in Jasper in August.
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Jan 16th, 2017, 07:44 AM
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Oh - to clarify, 1/2 day would be one way, not round trip.
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Jan 16th, 2017, 05:21 PM
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The chances of seeing the Northern Lights in August are close to nil - days are quite long, so there's not just enough nighttime. Best chances are November-March. And just as much chance to see them in Banff as in Jasper.

If you have a week, we generally suggest 1 day in Banff/Lake Louise/Canmore, 2-3 nights in Jasper, then 3-4 more nights back in Banff/Lake Louise. Or do the long stay in Banff area first.

As mentioned, the parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper is one of the most scenic drives in the world, and it is the crown jewel of the Rockies. It is what you're coming to see!! We generally suggest driving it twice -i.e. to and from Jasper. It's about 3.5 hrs flat out, but people generally take a full day to the drive. You can make lots of stops and have a great picnic lunch - so no need to have your son in the car for even an hour at a time. He can get out, run, explore etc.

It is not, under any conditions, a day trip to Jasper and back. Spend at least two nights in Jasper so you can see Maligne Lake, Maligne Canyon etc.

Whatever you decide, book ASAP. August is going to be extremely busy, and especially in Jasper, some hotels are already booked up for the summer. In Jasper Private Home Accommodations (PHAs) are cheaper, offer more space and more flexibility in set up than hotels. www.stayinjasper.com If Banff and Lake Louise are booked or out of you budget range, Canmore also works very well
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