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Banff Jasper Itinerary Help - Need ASAP Married Couple 9 days

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Hello. I know there are lots of topics and I've read through all of them. Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of options. I have air tickets, need to decide on itinerary. We are 35/40 married couple looking to relax and be in nature. We like to get away from the parking lot, yet we are more along the lines of a flat easy walking path vs. long strenuous hikes. Just checked out a couple of books and starting to do research.

Typically what we like to do is rent a home on VRBO with a hot tub and make that one place our home base. Not an option in Banff/Jasper so trying to decide if we want to hop around to various motels/cabins or just pick a couple for a home base. Usually don't like packing up from hotel to hotel; however I also want to make sure we stay in areas that we're interested in and also I'm not really sure about true travel times (based on how many vista pull overs there are).

I have only contacted a couple of cabin - Patricia Lake (they have availability but checking out on July 12th which won't work due to my flight leaving at 6 AM) and Aurum Lodge (also has availability). I realize there may be limited availability, but I'm not too worried.

As far as budget goes, cheaper but decent is always better! I wouldn't really want to spend more than 200 Canadian per night and would feel more comfortable around the 150-175 Canadian. I'm open to cabins or cute ma and pop motels- as long as they are clean and decent reviews.

So, at the beginning of research would love some advice - mainly:
1. Multiple hotels 3+ or just pick a couple of home-bases (2-3) and where - towns for which nights?
2. Must see walking paths or activities (I have to go walk on a glacier and would love to go up in a gondola and/or take a lake cruise)
3. Itinerary

Mon July 4 Day 1 - arrive Calgary 3pm - want to get right out of town, not sure if we make Banff our destination or try and go further north.
Tues July 5 Day 2 - ?
Wed July 6 Day 3 - ?
Thurs July 7 Day 4 - ?
Fri July 8 Day 5 - ?
Sat July 9 Day 6 - ?
Sun July 10 Day 7 - ?
Mon July 11 Day 8 - drive to Calgary, overnight near the airport due to early flight - explore quaint neighborhood in Calgary or do something with Stampede Days?
Tues July 12 Day 9 - 6 AM flight out of Calgary

What do you all think? AND THANK YOU in advance to anyone that replies, especially quickly since I better get making some reservations!

Also, car rental- $350 US Dollars per week??!! is what I've been seeing. That seems ridiculously high. Is that the norm for high season?

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