My husband and I are planning an 8-day trip in July flying in and out of Calgary, and requesting your input on how many days to spend in each area, must sees, can't miss, and the like. After reading this site I'm feeling like we did not book enough time but the tickets are purchased and we need to work within the timeframe we have (we have these 8 days while the kids are at camp!) We are late 40's, my husband is an avid hiker and could live in the mountains if I let him. Me, enjoy on a smaller scale. Can't do more than an hour at a time. I put the timeframe below, and the only non-flexible is a commitment in Calgary all day Saturday July 14th, so we must be back in Calgary Friday night (July 13th) and stay Saturday night (I purchased tickets to the Stampede on Saturday).
We will be renting a car at the Calgary airport, and returning it there upon our departure.
Regarding budget, we are mid-range, willing to spend on nice, clean, comfortable hotels, but don't think we can afford the Fairmonts for $400/night. Would rather spend the money on sightseeing.
July 8th (sun) evening - arrive in Calgary - drive to Banff
July 9th (mon) - open - Banff
July 10th (tues) - open - Banff
July 11th (wed)- open - Lake Louise a.m. - drive to Jasper
July 12 (thurs) - open - Jasper
July 13 (fri) Jasper am - drive to Calgary to be there before dark - (is this a reasonable drive?)
July 14th (sat) all day - downtown Calgary (Stampede?)
July 15h (sun) - open
July 16th (mon) - am departure
Any thoughts, suggestions, or recommendations from you would on how to cram it all in, would be greatly appreciated. Suggestions on accommodations are welcome. The only thing booked is the flight tickets.