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Bow Valley Parkway

Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 37 activities in Banff
Type: Scenic Drives
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Edmonton, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We love to use the Bow Valley Parkway to travel between Banff and Lake Louise. It is a quieter less busy route with plenty of hiking trails and vista stops where you can take great pictures of the mountains. We usually stop at Johnston's Canyon and hike up the canyon for some spectacular views. Some nice cabins to stay at... More

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Guelph, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Route 1A from Lake Louise to Banff is the Bow Valley Parkway. There is a much lower speed limit here than the Trans Canada highway. It is primarily meant to see animals and wildlife. We took it from both directions on a recent trip. It was worth it. If you drive slow and look around there is quite a bit... More

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is Route 1A from Lake Louise to Banff. If you travel along this road then you will most certainly see plenty of wildlife. We actually saw our first bear along this route. There are a number of stopping places with interest boards with some information about the area, fauna, history etc and well worth stopping and reading each one.

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West Milford, New Jersey, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed at Baker Creek Mountain Resort during our stay which is located on Bow Valley Parkway so we enjoyed a lot of time driving up and down it. On our first day on it, we spotted elk and on the next morning black bear. During our trip, we saw bighorn sheep, deer, and finally on our last day a... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We chose the Bow Valley Parkway as part of our drive from Calgary to Lake Louise and again from Lake Louise to Banff - testament to how much we enjoyed it. Give yourself time to go along this quieter and more scenic route if you can - we spotted more wildlife than on the highway and we were able to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Give yourself time to enjoy this part of the park. And don't miss the Johnston Canyon hike. Its worth doing both the lower and upper falls.

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Fairfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We drove north on the Bow Valley Parkway leading into the Icefields Parkway. What a great day. Plenty of places to pull off the BVP for beautiful sights and wildlife. Highlight was seeing a grizzly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We drove through as we were leaving Lake Louise, but apparently were too late at 8:30 a.m. since the only wildlife we saw were two deer. It still was a lovely drive and only took about a half-hour longer than if we had taken Hwy. 1.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a gorgeous and serene drive if you are up the Banff area. It's nice to get off the main highway and take a scenic drive through the area.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Saw so much wild life!!! Bear, elk, moose, buffalo, big horn sheep, mountain goats...did I say, herds of elk!!!! So many glaciers and waterfalls! Wonderful 2 days...went both directions!

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