My family (2 teens) is planning to arrive July 26 2014 for 10-11 nights. We have access to a paid-for accommodation (timeshare) in Canmore for up to 7 nights in the beginning. The most economical way would be to just add 2-3 nights in Jasper and the last night in Calgary. However, after reading on TA, I do not think this is the ideal way to see the Rockies. Would it be worthwhile to give up 2 nights in Canmore and add to Jasper or Lake Louise? We will likely stay at a private home in Jasper (hope to find a nice one with kitchen to cut down cost), and wouldn’t mind splurging a couple of nights in LL(Paradise lodge, Cathedral lodge or Bakers Chalet caught my eye) as long as it’s worthwhile for enhancing the trip. Or would it be better to spend all the extra days in Jasper, as we could go to LL while in Canmore?
We like to do many hikes, but not too strenuous (4-5 hrs max). We have been to Swiss Alps (lived in a private chalet in Wengen) and Alaska (RV) in the recent years. We hope this trip will be at least as exciting as those.