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Quantum82

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We are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer. How many nights do we need to book in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper to comfortably see the highlights of the Rockies? I'm thinking 3 nights in each area would give us 2 full days to explore. Would that be sufficient?

We are travelling in a 32ft travel trailer, so I'm trying to book Canada Parks with electric.

Any tips for what else to see in Alberta would be appreciated. We're driving from Ontario.


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Every one is different, but that would be plenty of time for us. Be sure to take a slow drive on 1A between Banff and Lake Louise and you just might see these grazing beside the road!

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I assume you know about the border closure no sign of it opening so far. And check for campground closings, I know some major ones were closed up there. Otherwise 3 days at each should be fine.


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agesilaus wrote:

I assume you know about the border closure no sign of it opening so far. And check for campground closings, I know some major ones were closed up there. Otherwise 3 days at each should be fine.


We live in Canada (Ontario), so the border won't be a problem for us.

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For us, Banff is the least interesting of the locations you list. Jasper is the most!
The campgrounds there are heavily used, and show a lot of wear and tear, but that's just what it is.
Wapiti CG in Jasper is okay.
Look at the CGs in Mt Robson Provincial Park, too.

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That's about right. When in Banff, we took the Banff gondola and toured town. We stayed at Two Jack Main. We also drove to a small ghost town past Two Jack Lake. Happened to be scuba divers at the lake. Interesting. In Lake Louise we stayed at the Lake Louise CG by the railroad tracks. Not bad. We like trains so it was ok. We drove out to Lake Louise, the lake, and hiked around it. Beautiful. On the way up to Jasper we stopped at the Ice fields and took the tour onto Athabasca Glacier, viewed the falls, and ate at the visitor center there. Very nice. We also took a tram in Lake Louise and ate at the tram center. We stayed at Whistlers CG in a dry spot because there was a huge line waiting for the hookups and we really enjoyed the spaciousness of the dry sites. Quite a few elk right in Whistler CG. When in Jasper we drove to Jasper Lake for the scenery and a picnic. After leaving there we drove up by Mt. Robson, toured Wells Gray Provincial Park and past Terry Fox Provincial Park and down around Revelstoke, touring the RR museum and a tour up on Mt. Revelstoke.


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BB_TX wrote:

Every one is different, but that would be plenty of time for us. Be sure to take a slow drive on 1A between Banff and Lake Louise and you just might see these grazing beside the road!

Great shot of that big boy there!

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If things are anywhere like they were last summer the mountains of Alberta and BC will be nuts with tourists. Book your sites / campgrounds ASAP.
The regular campgrounds we use around here were full as soon as reservations opened and we didn’t get in to places that we have never had an issue with before.
We were lucky in the fact that we do a lot of bush camping and even out there there were tons of people.
One sick downside of all those people out in the bush was that a lot of them don’t give a “hoot” about the environment and left garbage and **** everywhere. We packed large amount of garbage out of the bush every time we went camping.
There are lots of things to see and do in Alberta to many to list, best to contact the Alberta Tourism people, they have a lot of great info.
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Thanks for the feedback so far. This is very helpful. Please keep the information coming!

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Best view of the Rockies is heading West from Edmonton to Jasper.

On your touring, try to keep the sun out of your eyes. Plan it so the sun is behind you/to one side and on the snow-topped mountains.


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