Now that the kids are both old enough to travel long distances and keep their cool on an airplane, we'd like to start doing some international travel. I have had my eye on the Alberta/Banff/Lake Louise/Canadian Rockies area for quite some time. We would be going in July or August. I am looking at homeaway.com for vacation rentals and according to Travelocity.com roundtrip flights are $684/person (flying into Calgary).
There appear to be a lot of affordable rentals in Canmore. Is there any reason we wouldn't want to stay there? Would there be grocery stores and restaurants in the area? It seems to be quite convenient to Banff National Park and Glacier National Park. Would we be able to drive into the parks? We visited Rocky Mountain National Park a few years ago and there was NO WAY we would drive through those mountains by ourselves (we took a charter bus).
Trip advice please? I am so excited to be planning this trip now that we have gotten Orlando, FL out of the way. It was fun but I want a vacation with beautiful sightseeing, hiking, and relaxing!