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Lodging: Lake Louise vs Banff

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Lodging: Lake Louise vs Banff

My husband and I are planning our first trip to Canada - we have 10 days to visit the Jasper-to-Banff corridor and, after flying into Calgary, we're not sure how to divide our time. It seems that most of the interesting hikes, outlooks, etc are from Lake Louise up to Jasper, but I don't want to overlook Banff. If we wanted to stay in 2 places before heading back to Calgary from Jasper, could we get by staying in Lake Louise for the greater Banff experience, and then staying in Jasper? Or would you suggest staying in Banff proper first? Or have a completely different idea? We'll be doing some hiking, but nothing terribly difficult. Thanks to all.

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1. Re: Lodging: Lake Louise vs Banff

Welcome to the TripAdvisor forums! Since this is a very popular question, forum members have worked together to write a TripAdvisor Traveller Article about Banff vs Lake Louise, Jasper, etc. You will find it here:


The article also includes a few other options you may not have thought of yet, such as Canmore. Once you've had a look at the information, please feel free to post more questions here :)

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2. Re: Lodging: Lake Louise vs Banff

Personally I would choose options that mean you can 'settle' in one place so I'd split between Banff and Jasper and avoid packing / unpacking / learning new routine and focus on getting out and doing stuff


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