Don't Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies
+1 for Patton and Robinson, not only for price but also comprehensiveness. I don't always agree with the Copeland's assessments on hikes that are a "waste" of time, but it's basically the cost of their guide that puts me off.
Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies
Some places in (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g)document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);)(function()ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-96606311', '');, 'log_autolink_impression');Banff and Jasper National Parks are "better" in terms of hiking because you start out at a higher elevation, and therefore spend less time working your way uphill to get near or above treeline, and the more open subalpine and alpine areas. There are lots of hikes near the Banff and Jasper townsites, but these are low elevation hikes. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake and the southern portion of the Icefields Parkway are the higher elevation trailheads in Banff NP. Lake O'Hara is THE place for Yoho NP - IF you can get seats on the shuttle bus. (Details on the YNP website - the online reservation system opens at 8 am on April 20th, and the season's seats are gone about three minutes later.) YNP also has trail heads to good high elevation hikes at Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls.
Wondering how to plan your trip to the Canadian Rockies? Feeling a bit overwhelmed and don't know where to start from? Planning a low budget backpacking trip, camping, road tripping, or are you looking for a bit more luxurious and comfortable way of travelling through the Canadian Rockies?
If you are planning multi-day backpacking trips in the Rockies, in two weeks you will have time for those as well. Although if you are planning couple of backpacking trips, I would recommend to extend your stay for at least three weeks.
If you don't care much about the budget then Booking.com might will be your resource #1 - here you will find all types of accommodation from hostels to luxurious lodges with outdoor hot tubs and stunning views.
Here is the list of some of my favourite places but be sure there is much much more and you can always do your own research. Or you can buy Canadian Rockies Trail Guide because it's a real gem (I don't have a data plan in my phone so this book is my Google)
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