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Old 05-09-2019, 04:36 PM   #1
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Arrow Midwest to Banff & return

We are looking at a Canada trip from Milwaukee WI summer 2020 and would appreciate some guidance on basic questions.
Is it better to stay in US as long as possible for road or fuel advantages and bypass Canadian views through Saskatchewan and Edmonton? In other words, drive diagonally or go west and turn north in Montana?
In Banff and Jasper, it seems best for the experience to stay in the national parks. Would you agree? As I understand it, we cannot begin to book those for 2020 until about January 1, 2020.
Is a few days each in Banff and Jasper enough to have a good experience?
Last, will our passport cards suffice at customs? Do we need birth certificates too?
That's plenty for now, but thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction.

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Old 05-09-2019, 05:03 PM   #2
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Gas costs more in Canada but if you want to see things in Canada this should not stop you. In the overall cost gas is minimal.

I would book more time than you think you need, you don;t want to be disappointed and if you do a fw hikes that chews up days.

I don't know what a Passport card is. We have US Passports and that is all we need. If you have pets they need a valid rabies. I don't think health certificates are needed any longer.

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Old 05-09-2019, 05:35 PM   #3
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At least 5 days in both Banff and Jasper, so 10 to 12 days. I prefer Jasper over Banff, less crowded, and I only live a few hours away. When in Jasper you can spend a day heading west to see Mount Robson, sight see and come back, just over an hours drive from Jasper. Maligne Canyon, Athabasca Falls half day. Head east and visit Miette Hot Springs, easily another day. Gondola on Whistler mtn, and hike around, another day. And just walking around town.
Banff, it's been awhile, but of course Lake Louise, a day there. Other than that you will have to research. When driving from Banff to Jasper on highway 93 you must stop at Columbia Icefields, can sign up for a tour o to the ice sheet, well with it, but of course probably pricey. Do not buy gas at Saskatchewan crossing, very pricey.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:09 AM   #4
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This is very helpful. Thanks for the input.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:12 AM   #5
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This is very helpful. Thanks for the input.
Oh, very important, when you go to see Lake Louise go as early as possible, it gets extremely crowded during tourist season and parking is a bitch if in anything bigger than a regular vehicle.
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