Originally Posted by DougFelts
We’re leaving in 4 days for our first trip to Banff! Can’t wait! What one thing should we be sure to do while we’re there?
Hopefully you booked your camping spots already as they are VERY busy this time of year. Jasper in particular is hard to get a spot for due to the various campground closures as they update/upgrade them.
The ONE thing to be sure to do when visiting that area is take your time to drive the Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper, and stop at all the little pullouts to see stunning glaciers and aqua blue lakes. If there's a sign for a campground and hiking, stop in and go for a walk. It's so pretty up there! Also always have your camera at the ready. You never know when you're going to see a bear, moose, elk, deer, or mountain goat!
Oh....and one thing NOT to do: I would avoid Lake Louise like it was the plague. Too many people! The overflow parking 2km away fills up by 10am, and even driving a smaller coach through town is not recommended. Spend your time at the little pullouts along the way and you'll be much happier.
Have a great trip!