Please help me plan my trip to Banff!
June 6, 2010 3:14 PM Subscribe
I'm planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies in May, and I'd love to hear your suggestions. I've looked at this question
, which was incredibly helpful (especially furtive's comment), but I was hoping for some more specific advice. Sorry for the length... any help would be welcome!
posted by cider to travel & transportation around Banff, AB (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We're flying into Calgary on Friday night, and flying back out of Calgary on Sunday morning, the following week. With that in mind, I was thinking of the following:
Saturday: Head to Banff Springs, walk around town.
Sunday: Spend the day in and around Banff Springs: visit the Hot Springs, the Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain. Maybe ride the gondola?
Sunday: A couple of short hikes: Johnston Canyon? Other?
Monday: Go to Lake Louise; hike up to either Plane of Six Glaciers or Agnes Lake tea house. (Also Takakkaw falls?)
Tuesday: Go to Moraine Lake; hike to Sentinel Pass.
Wednesday: Drive up to Jasper along Columbia Icefields, with a stop at the Icefields. Stay in Jasper.
Thursday: Either Maligne Lake or Mt. Edith Cavell/Angel Glacier?
Friday: Drive back to Banff? Sunwapta Falls, perhaps?
Saturday: Drive back to Calgary
My questions are:
1) Are there any absolute must-see attractions that we'll be missing? Are there things that I've listed here that aren't worth it?
2) Do you have any suggestions of places to stay in the Banff Springs/Lake Louise area or in the Jasper area? There will be three of us, on a budget -- would $100-$150 be possible in July?
3) Will we want to spend a day in Calgary at the end of the trip? If so, what would you suggest we see?
4) Any other suggestions?
5) Bonus question: Any great recommendations for vegan-friendly dining in the area?
Thanks a lot!