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Address: , Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Scenic Byway

You must take the scenic byway. While we didn't see any wildlife on our journeys, we did enjoy the byway and it is the way to get to many beautiful attractions tucked away in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

You must take the scenic byway. While we didn't see any wildlife on our journeys, we did enjoy the byway and it is the way to get to many beautiful attractions tucked away in the park. No need to use the highway when you can take this relaxing drive. At no time did we have issues with traffic, even though... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was a great road to use and is a must between Lake Louise and Banff. We were all hoping for a view of wildlife but they eluded us again.....starting to think this is some ploy by the tourism industry. Nice route with plenty of walking stops with parking available.

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Took this route from Banff to Lake Louise. Didn't see any animals but that was probably related to time of day. Very scenic drive with multiple pull over spots. It was a very pleasant way to spend the drive.

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horsham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

All the guide books suggest you can see wildlife on the road between Lake Louise and Banff. This seems highly unlikely given the sheer volume of traffic. The most we saw was common ground squirrels. The road itself is reasonably pretty but it is not a must do.

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Stevenage
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The bow valley parkway in winter is just epic. We didn't see much wildlife due to the time of year but the views are just amazing.

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We took this route to get from Lake Louise/Moraine Lake to Johnston's Canyon, well worth the extra 10-15 minutes it added then if we had taken the Trans-Canada. Beautiful drive.

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great views, luscious landscape. We didn't see any wildlife.. but did notice those cool bridges with the 2 holes for the road to go thru. From my understanding that is for animals to cross. Very cool idea.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Most people stick to Highway 1 between Banff and Lake Louise in their rush to "do" both and miss this spectacular drive! Take the extra time and drive at a leisurely pace on Highway 1A and you will likely be rewarded with not only some spectacular views but also a greater likelihood of seeing some wildlife than on Highway 1!... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is by far the best interpretation of "going on the scenic route". The mountains tower above you as you drive from Banff to Lake Louise. However, the brochure they offered claimed you may see animals. Unfortunately I didn't. :(

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Regina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Beautiful,scenic, several attractions like Johnston canyon Hike, several places to stop and cookout. Bring your camera!

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