You can do all three mountain towns in five days, if you're lucky enough to have that long.
Begin in Canmore, just west of Calgary. One of the most noteworthy parts of Canmore is the Nordic Centre where you can go cross-country skiing in the winter and moutain biking in the summer. Another noteworthy place in Canmore is the Crazyweed Kitchen - this restaurant comes highly recommended.read more
For day 2, drive the short distance to Banff. A good place to start is on Banff Ave. where you'll find the Visitor Information centre, where you'll be able to find out about all the seasonal activities available and hiking conditions. There's also lots to see just walking up and down Banff Ave. One of the most popular hikes in the area is Johnston Canyon - it's not too strenuous and it's beautiful.
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This trail is one of the more popular trails, as it's very beautiful and not too strenuous. The entire hike, if you go all the way to the Ink Pots, is 3.6 miles (5.8km). Beware if you come in the winter, the trail can get very icy. You can rent proper footwear from any hiking company.
This self-guided hiking trail 20 km west of Banff is one of the more famous hikes in the area for a reason. The trail is a good choice for any level of outdoorsman, from the energetic hiker to those looking for a casual walk through the woods. Johnston Canyon's views are breathtaking, with a creek, a series of waterfalls and beautiful rock formations. If you have more energy, continue on to the end of the 5.5 km trail where you'll find the Ink Pots, natural springs that appear to be coloured by glacial sediment.
One more day in Banff. The tour agencies in this town really know what they're doing, and most tours are educational, so it's always a good idea to book at least one. One activity that is especially popular in the mountains is white water rafting and there are multiple rafting companies to choose from. Another point of interest for eating is the Grizzly House. Located right on Banff Ave., it really offers something different than anywhere else in town.
Day 4 - head to Jasper! A good place to start your trip is at the Information Centre, where you'll find information and help to plan your two days here.
If you're gonna come all the way to the Canadian Rockies, you might as well go see a glacier! The area around Jasper is especially unique and not something you get the chance to see every day. Book a guided tour as you'll learn much more.