We are leaving next week for Calgary and will be in Banff (5 nights), Jasper (3 nights), Lake Louise (3 nights), and Calgary for the last night. We have a tentative itinerary but it has too many choices so we need help narrowing them down. Complicating the plan is that a recent flare-up of foot and knee pain means I probably won't be able to do more than a few short and easy hikes (maximum 60-90 minutes roundtrip). We will have a car so I'm hoping we can see a lot of beautiful sights by driving to viewpoints as well as taking boat and gondola rides. Here are the possibilities for each location (not including Calgary)--please let me know what you think.
Banff: Sulphur Mountain gondola; Lake Minnewanka driving loop (if open) and boat cruise; Stoney Squaw hike, drive along Bow River Parkway and Johnston Canyon with hike to upper falls; sunset drive along Vermilion Lakes; walk through Banff Springs Hotel, go to "Surprise Corner" view of hotel
Drive to Jasper via Icefields Parkway--if we stop at viewpoints for photos but do not take any hikes, how long should the drive take?
Jasper: This is where we have too many possibilities, including Athabasca Falls, Mt. Edith Cavell (not sure if Cavell is beyond my hiking ability), Maligne Canyon (beginning from lower end--not sure if this is too difficult), Medicine Lake, Patricia Lake, Pyramid Lake, Lake Trail (Mary Schaffer Loop), Valley of the Five Lakes Trail, Lake Annette, Old Fort Point, Lac Beauvert, Jasper Discovery Trail, Jasper Tramway, Mount Robson Provincial Park. Since we only have 2 full days in Jasper, which of these should get priority (given my physical limitations)?
Drive to Lake Louise via Icefields Parkway--may do Parker's Ridge trail if conditions are OK
Lake Louise: gondola, Lake Moraine, Yoho National Park (Spiral Tunnel viewing point, Takakkaw Falls, natural bridge over Kicking Horse River, Emerald Lake Loop). I figured we would spend one day doing the gondola and Lake Moraine and the other day at Yoho--does this work?