After quite a lot of research and some excellent help from fellow tripadvisor users I have decided on a final itinerary and would love to hear the advice of some experts in the area. In particular I would like to know how feasible my plans are regarding weather (time of year) and the difficulty and length of time taken for hikes. My partner and I are young (23/22) fit individuals who have no problem with long distances - I am more concerned if any of these hikes require extensive scrambling or detailed mapping skills. The hikes I have done in the past have had a clear path.
>Thursday 24 July - Citadel Pass
>Friday 25 July - Drive to Jasper (Upper Falls at Johnston Canyon, Herbert Lake, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake & Bow Summit, Weeping Wall, Columbia Icefields, Tangle Falls, Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls)
>Saturday 26 July - Cavell Meadows & Pyramid Lake
>Sunday 27 July - Opal Hills & Maligne Canyon
>Monday 28 July - Parker Ridge & Wilcox Pass then drive to Lake Louise
>Tuesday 29 July - Bow Peak
>Wednesday 30 July - Valley of Ten Peaks
>Thursday 31 July - Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit & Lake McArthur
>Friday 01 August - Plain of Six Glaciers & Beehives
>Saturday 02 August - Drive to Golden to White water rafting on Kicking Horse River
>Sunday 03 August - Wapta Falls, Emerald Lake & Takkakaw Falls then drive to Banff
>Monday 04 August - Tunnel Mountain, Gondola Ride, Lake Minnewanka
>Tuesday 05 August - Fly home to the UK
With this plan I will be spending 2 nights in Banff, 3 nights in Jasper, 5 nights in Lake Louise, 1 night in Golden and then 2 nights back in Banff. I have accommodation all planned for this trip and will book once I am satisfied my itinerary is satisfactory.
NOTE: I am aware of the Lake O'Hara bus situation and will try to get tickets for any of the days I am at Lake Louise (28/07 - 01/08) to give myself 4 chances of being successful.