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Bow Valley Parkway

Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 38 Activities in Banff
Type: Scenic Drives
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Regina, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We have been to the park for many years and have driven the parkway countless times. Never a guarantee but generally we have seen some wildlife (Elk, Moose, Wolf, Black Bear, Grizzly, Owls) etc. You need to take your time. Stop frequently. Early morning or late evening is best for wildlife viewing. Patience is required but worth the time.

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White Plains, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Rent road bikes and cycle the parkway. You will not be disappointed. Beautiful scenery whichever way you look, wildlife by the side of the road (we saw a bear and a wolf), very smooth road surfaces, few cars, and only a couple of hills. We cycled from Banff to Castle Junction which was a 40 mile round trip. It was... More

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Rochester, NY
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379 reviews 379 reviews
93 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Though we saw no wildlife despite being in the Southern half of the Parkway early in the morning this drive did not disappoint. We hiked to the ink pots, lunched at the Storm Mtn overlook & gawked at all of the other wonders despite the cold gray August day. This is a great road with lots of hikes and scenery.

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Netanya, Israel
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were quiet disappointed we missed wildlife on this road, however, it is a good alternative to the highway and excellent place to absorb the nature - worth your time

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Oshawa, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had no intentions of taking this highway, but so glad we did, we saw elk, and deer on the side of the road. It isn't a very busy highway, so you are able to take your time and look for wildlife which in our case paid off!

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Vancouver, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We drove this a couple times and were lucky enough to spot a nice elk on the second trip. Even without the wildlife, this drive is definitely worth it for the scenic overlooks. We hiked off of here at Silverton Falls and ate at a restaurant (Baker Creek) along the way that was excellent. Make sure you do this as... More

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Puurs, Belgium
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82 reviews 82 reviews
38 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful scenery. We spotted very few wildlife, although we were almost alone on the road...until we saw one black bear on the other side of the road, which was almost surrounded by half a dozen of cars. We slowed down and moved on after getting a quick glance, but sadly the paparazzi people clung on to him. Not surprising that... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I've seen many parts of the Rockies but this has to be one of the best drives anywhere. It is windy and up and down, but really not hard to drive at all if you take your time. We didn't see any animals, but the scenery on the drive made up for it. The mountains and views are really worth... More

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Ottawa, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were hoping to see tons of wildlife but time of day it was limited. We did see an Elk and some mountain goats. Nice drive and lots of places to stop along the way.

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Western Canada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
40 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

When you drive the parkway there are zones where the speed limit may be enforced. This is for a reason. This corridor has abundant wildlife and while they may be along the shoulders, ditches, etcetera they can wander onto the road without warning. I am particularly appalled at the motorcyclists that exceed the speed limits aggressively. You will see the... More

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