I am planning my trip to the Rockie's next July/August and the more I read books and trip advisor accounts the more I realise I will only scratch the surface of this amazing region in my two week trip. I plan to drive from Banff to Jasper for one full day setting off at 8am and finishing as late as possible whilst still driving in daylight. After 2 or 3 days in Jasper I will be driving to back along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise.
Below is a list of stop off points that I have come across when reading. I would be VERY grateful if someone could tell me the approximate time spent stopping at any or all of these destinations (I understand fitness levels and time spent looking and taking pictures is variable person to person but just a ballpark figure if its a 5 minute stop at a lookout or a 2km walk to the particular sight).
1) Set off at 8am (or maybe earlier depending on times)
2) Drive the Bow Valley Parkway in order to visit Johnston Canyon (walk to upper falls and back)
3) Join the Icefields Parkway via Castle Junction
Then my plans are in need of some help.
I would like to see:
Peyto Lake & Bow Summit (go a walk here apparently a 1.9 mile track beyond the viewpoint which is really good)
Columbia Icefields to see Athabasca Glacier (not interested in the Glacier Tour)
I would like to go a walk at any of these spots if it significantly enhances the scenery.
On my way back from Jasper to Lake Louise I plan to hike Wilcox Pass and Parker's Ridge if possible so I will has much less "free time" to stop along the way.
I would love to know if it is feasible to fit all of my intended stops into the one day, and also if there are any "must see" stops I have failed to mention/come across?