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Can you suggest a 3 days only Rockies trip?

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Can you suggest a 3 days only Rockies trip?

Hello

We (husband ,wife and 3yrs old ) will arrive at Calgary on Monday noon, then we will get a rental car. We are thinking about visit both Banff and Jasper. Is it possible? I do not want to miss the lake Lousie /banff area nor the icefield Parkway to Jasper, We plan to drive to Jasper and spend a night. I know we want to visit Bow lake on the way back to Calgary. I think we will stay the 3rd night in calgary since we have to fly out at noon. Should I spend my 2nd night somewhere in between Jasper and Banff ?or should I stay at either Jasper or banff? Any route suggestions?

Thank you very much in advance.

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11. Re: Can you suggest a 3 days only Rockies trip?

Hi Mary, and welcome to the TripAdvisor forums!

Unfortunately, I think most escorted coach tour operators are finished for the season - there really is very little demand from now until May. Also, all of the seasonal tourist attractions have now shut down for the season. I'm not sure that even in the busy summer season (Victoria Day to Thanksgiving) that anyone offers a round-trip coach tour from Edmonton. The only short ones I've heard of are the Brewster Tours ones that goes from Vancouver to Calgary in about four days.

However, you could take the Greyhound or the Sundog bus (www.greyhound.ca or www.sundogtours.com ) or the VIA Rail train (www.viarail.ca) from Edmonton to Jasper. The town of Jasper is compact and very walkable and you could book excursions with the local tour companies. (www.jasper.travel for listings of the companies and what type of tours they offer - note that they would be very limited at this time of year)

To tell you the truth, many of the hotel restaurants are not that great (ok but nothing exciting) - there are many good restaurants in town and I would not recommend limiting yourself to just one of the hotels'. The Tonquin Prime Rib village at the Tonquin hotel is good (but expensive), and Papa George's, at the Astoria Hotel is also good. Both of these attract local clientele - most of the other hotel restaurants do not (and I don't think it's a coincidence that both these restaurants are leased out to restauranteurs instead of being run by hotel management).

Edited: 6:31 pm, October 11, 2011
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12. Re: Can you suggest a 3 days only Rockies trip?

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