My partner and I are going to be in Banff for five nights from the end of next week. Neither of us drive (ie have never learned) and as we're doing a fairly long trip (Jasper, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria) we're trying to go for the cheap option where possible.
We've got a whitewater tour booked (alas not cheap). I have in mind to do a bike ride of the Legacy Trail (we're not mountain bikers but love cycling on scenic routes). Is this the best option or is there another trail we should look at? We'd like to do some hikes from Banff and would appreciate recommendations (particularly of ones which are busy since presumably this makes bears slightly less likely? And don't require a car.). I am also planning a day trip to Lake Louise by bus (there seem to be shuttles and there's always the Greyhound) though I am struggling to find prices. Are they easy to book from Banff or should I be pursuing with vigour now?
What other things should we consider? We're getting a bus to Jasper and so figure we'll see the glaciers from the bus... (Is it a horrible error not to pay for the all-day trip that stops in the ice fields?)