Started putting together an itinerary . At this stage it is sparse on detail but before I spent too much time I thought I'd see what others might say.
I included Waterton as it doesn't seem to detract too much from seeing the Banff\Jasper area.
Day 1: Arrive Calgary around noon, pick up car and drive to Waterton Park via AB2
Day 2: Waterton shoreline cruise; short hike(s)
Day3: Waterton Red Rock; short hike(s)
Day 4: Drive to Canmore\Banff via Cowboy Trail and Highwood Pass(?)
Day 5: Icefields Parkway to Jasper; Columbia icefields (visitor center; tour)
Day 6: Jasper Maligne canyon
Day 7: Jasper
Day 8: Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise; Peyto Lake
Day 9: Lake Louise; Moraine lake;
Day 10: Banff; Gondola;
Day 11: Banff; Johnston Canyon
Day 12: Banff;
Day 13: Drive to Calgary
Day 14: Calgary
Day15: Return home
I enjoy driving and looking at scenery. Enjoy hiking but they must be limited from easy to moderate.
Once I am on a trip I am fairly flexible as to where I am on any given day. I generally have a few "must see" and then ideas for other things to do.
I am not sure if that will work for this trip. It seems that the area can be pretty busy but maybe not the time I will be there. Just wondering if I need to reserve places to stay in advance?
I will continue to do research on TA as well as other places but would appreciate any comments or suggestions.