if we have a day pass for Banff N P, is that valid for Glacier on the same day as well
Are you planning to stop in the park? If you drive through without stopping, there is no need to have a pass.
In your shoes, I would arrange things so that a stop in Glacier probably wouldn't be necessary. However, if you had a valid park pass for Banff, I think there is a decent chance that it would also be good for Glacier. Unfortunately, the Parks Canada website doesn't address that point explicitly, so I can't say for sure that is the case.
It might be worthwhile to stop into the Banff tourist info centre (right on Banff Avenue) and ask the Parks Canada staff there for an answer. They're also a great source of info on current wildlife sightings etc., so the info centre is worth a visit in any case.
You do not need a pass to drive through the national parks. The TransCanada Highway - #1 - passes right through and thousands of people drive through every day. Stopping at a scenic lookout, restaurant, or toilet stop is not considered staying in the park. In regards to your Banff day pass, if you are actually going into the town of Banff and spending several hours looking around, then, yes, you need a pass. If you are just driving by on the highway, you do not need one. Your Banff National Park daypass would also cover you for a stop at Lake Louise. If this will be your one and only trip to Canada, then you should spend at least an hour or so to see it also. Just to make sure there is no confusion, Glacier National Park in Canada is different from the one in the United States. You will drive through a very small part of the Canadian one on Hwy.#1.
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