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| p.1 #5 · Need help: Banff/Lake Louise areas to shoot |
That's quite an ambitious itinerary. If it were me, I'd be trying for the golden hour, which, in three days, would limit me to five or six good, possibly great, shots. My advice would be to narrow your plan to two or three must-have locations and do the due diligence at sunrise and sunset. If you're you're just content with snapshooting, however, go ahead and try to get all of what you're planning in three days.
I agree with Geoffrey. I was in Banff for the last two weeks of September and I still did not make it to all of the places on my list (which was/is very similar to yours). And with your daughter, some of the places you will have to hike to the locations such as Johnston Canyon.
I am also recommending the set of Darwin Wiggett e-books that were mentioned. I bought them a few months before I went and they were extremely helpful for planning purposes and locations/time to shoot.
To get you started on your planning, going on the notion that you will be there for 3 days and the weather cooperates the entire time you are there; if you stay at Moraine or Lake Louise you can easily hit those two during the morning at one and the evening at the other since there are with a few kilometers of each other. During the day you can drive out to Peyto Lake and see it during the afternoon. I recommend that whole-heartedly. I had seen the photos of Peyto and its bright green water but it was something completely different to see in person under the sun.
Also, on another day, you could travel the Minnewanka Loop which will take you past the Cascade Ponds, Two Jack Lake, and Minnewanka Lake. The loop takes less than 30 minutes to drive if you don't stop. After that you can head up to Johnston Canyon, hike there for the day, and on the way out stop by Castle Mountain which you can't miss, it's beautiful especially in the evening at sunset.
Hopefully that will get you started, but remember there is a lot of travel involved between most of these places, I stayed in Banff and Canmore while I was there and it was a regular 40 minute drive in the morning from Banff to Moraine/Louise for sunrise/sunset. Peyto from Louise is another 30.