In planning the last few days of our 17 day trip this August to Calgary, Waterton, Glacier, Fernie, Radium Hot springs; we find ourselves with only 3 days and 2 nights left for Banff. My wife and I are traveling w/ our 3 boys ages 20, 19 & 14. We'll be camping in tents these 2 nights and we'll be coming from Radium Hot Springs (staying at Chalet Europe 2 nights), so the commute won't take much of our travel day to the Banff area. I thought about camping at the Park Service campgrounds just north of Lake Louise area, or closer to town of Banff. Would like to hear pros / cons of each option...or other opinions as to where to spend these 2 nights.
Our overall itinerary starts and ends in Calgary (flights from and to Pittsburgh). We are staying in a Holiday Inn near the airport our 1st and last nights. Night #2 will be spent in 1 of the campgrounds in Waterton Lakes. Nights 3 & 4 will be spent in the Many Glacier area of GNP. We then head back to Canada for 8 days and 7 nights in a Chalet in the Fernie area. Will use this as "base camp" for activities in the Waterton / Fernie / Kootenay / Elk River areas. After that we'll head to the Chalet in Radium Hot Springs.
Will welcome any and all feedback on the Banff questions and the trip overall. Suggestions on "what not to miss" and where to rent canoes in either Fernie area or Radium area.