We are in the early stages of planning a six night trip with our teenage son. We will be flying in/out of Calgary in early August. We are trying to strike a balance between sights and adventure, and also trying to avoid an excess of driving. We want to do some rafting, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and drive a good portion of the Icefields Parkway for sights. Maybe some mountain biking, but that is not a must, since we are not experienced. We would like to do these activities in the most scenic areas so as to get the most bang for our buck/time. Any suggestions on where to do these activities would be very helpful.
My first thoughts were two nights in Banff at the Rimrock (can take the bus to town?), followed by two nights in Jasper somewhere, then two nights in Lake Louise somewhere (Baker Creek?) before driving back to Calgary. But then I started thinking...it seems like we could get alot in without actually staying in Jasper? I don't want to miss the most incredible sights, but from Baker Creek can we drive the parkway up to a point...say, to the Icefield Center for an ice walk...and back in a (non-rushed) day? I think we could also see Peyto Lake, for example, from a base in Lake Louise like Baker Creek?
We may never be back, so I don't want to regret missing Jasper proper, but I mainly don't want to try to fit too much in since we are there such a short time.
Thanks so much for your help!