Hi all. My wife and I will be arriving in Jasper on the Canadian train from Vancouver on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 28th. I didn't realize there's a festival in town that ends the next day but it seems like a good way to experience the local colo(u)r. Does anyone have first hand experience with the festival? The official website is sort of vague, they list the activities and times but don't give much detail. During the festival is there transportation provided between Jasper and Maligne Canyon or other areas such as the Park Lodge or the Pyramid Riding Stables, for instance?
That brings me to another question. Originally we were returning to Vancouver via rail, but now have decided to make our way down to Banff so we can see the Icefield Parkway and hopefully Lake Louise, and then head to Calgary from Banff for a flight to Vancouver. We don't have a lot of time unfortunately, we'd like to get back to Vancouver on Tuesday the 31st. Would it be recommended to take one of the private shuttles down to Banff from Jasper (missing Lake Louise I suppose) to enjoy the view w/o worrying about driving, and then take an airport shuttle to Calgary on the 31st, or should we consider renting a car in Jasper and dropping it off in Calgary? It looks like the costs may be similar, about $200 for a one way car rental for a few days or that much for the two shuttles we'd need.