Our flight into Calgary arrives late morning in early September. We have a great deal on an SUV from Enterprise.
We drive directly to Banff (we already have our park pass for the week) seeing as much of the town as possible. We are spending 2 nights at Hidden Ridge Resort (all of our accommodations have been booked). On our 1st full day regrettably we must back-track to Canmore to take a morning tour at Snowy Owl Dog Kennel (4 dog lovers). We return to Banff seeing as much of the falls, Tunnel Mountain and a drive by Lake Minnanka as possible.
On our 2nd full day we view Sunrise Corner and Vermilion Lake before taking Bow Valley Parkway via Johnson Canyon towards Lake Louise. Serious hiking on the trip is limited by a bum leg.
We spend 3 nights at Paradise Lodge & Bungalows. One full day will be a trip to Lake O'Hara. To satisfy the zip-liners we run by Golden, and on the way back take in Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls at Yoho National Park. We will have a nice dinner at The Chateau and drive by Morraine Lake as time permits.
On our 5th full day we take the Icefield Parkway to Jasper, stopping at Peyto Lake, Bow Mountain Summit and Sunwapta Falls. We spend 2 nights at Patricia Lake Bungalows (wish we had a 3rd night but not possible). I realize that Mt. Edith Cavell may or may not be accessible. Sights to see in Jasper include Maligne Canyon, a boat ride on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, and perhaps drives around Pyramid and Patricia Lakes.
On our 7th full day we leave Jasper and stop at Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Ice Field for a ride/walk onto the glacier, before continuing on to Calgary and the Courtyard Airport Hotel. If we can catch our breath and have a nice day we may try to work in a cable car ride or two.
The next morning we fly home. Any comments and how did I do? I cannot thank the regulars on this forum enough for all I have learned from them. See you in the Canadian Rockies in September.Edited: 2:17 am, January 19, 2013