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Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

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Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

Hello.

Our family of three (at time of travel ages would be 52, 51, and 16) plans to visit Banff National Park in the summer of 2019. We plan to spend 10 days on the Banff National Park-Icefields Parkway-Jasper trip. What I am wondering is whether or not people would advise adding Glacier National Park to the trip (adding days to the trip to allow for seeing GNP) while we are out there or if people think that would make for too exhausting of a trip. We are all reasonably active people-in decent shape. We plan to fly into Calgary Airport at the moment and then rent a car. Just curious what people would do themselves based on their experience traveling in these parks. Are two parks too much? I will post the question on the Glacier National Park forum too. Thanks for your thoughts!

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11. Re: Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

Thank you for the warnings on the rental car that all of you have made. They are all good points that I’ll look into further. I will not shorten our current itinerary for Banff-Iceland Parkway-Jasper but rather add the days and nights necessary to also do Glacier Park (Montana) justice. I have read about Banff but will need to become more familiar with GNP to form an itinerary for GNP but all of this input will be very helpful. Thank you!

Calgary was the airport I was planning on using if our trip was just to Canada but it doesn’t have to be that airport if it turns out another one makes more sense by adding GNP.

Many thanks!

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12. Re: Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

It would be the same problem with inability to get a one-way car rental whether you flew into Kalispell MT or Calgary.AB.

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13. Re: Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

The Icefields Parkway is half in Banff National Park, and half in Jasper National Park. Many people visiting Banff National Park also visit Yoho National Park and/or Kootenay National Park. These two are adjacent to the western edge of BNP. (JNP is north of BNP.) All of these national parks, along with contiguous provincial parks form the UNESCO "Canadian Rocky Mountain" World Heritage site.

Waterton Lakes National Park is just north of Montana's Glacier National Park, and the two together form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which has also been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are a total of six national parks, not just two.

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14. Re: Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

That is good to know. I’ll have to look up Waterton. I hadn’t heard of that park before.

Thank you!

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15. Re: Combining Banff National Park and Glacier National Park

We did GNP in Montana 2 years ago. It's gorgeous. Staying north in GNP, Many Glacier check out Swiftcurrent Lodge thru Xterra Website. Many wonderful hikes from that point. Going To The Sun road can be accessed south of there and take the shuttle from St Mary"s (very efficient) to Logan's Pass for a bit more hiking. West Glacier/Apgar was not that exciting to us. Ambitious vacation

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