My husband, daughter and I are hoping to fly into Calgary on June 30th, 2012. Ultimately we want to spend several days in the area of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. We have about 8 days of sightseeing.
1st Question, Is there a central location to encompass Banff & Jasper that we should focus on staying? Or is it better to split the stay between the two locations, ie two days in Banff, two days in Jasper?
We were also thinking of going to Waterton Park & Glacier National Park during those eight days. My itinerary would be something like:
2 days in Waterton/Glacier National Park
2 days in Banff
2 days in Jasper
1 day along the Icefield
Would we be spreading ourselves too thin by including Waterton & Glacier in these eight days?
I'm interested too in the safety of hiking and the bears. Must we be in a party of 4 for safety? Or is it just certain areas that we have to be cautious?