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Bow Valley Parkway

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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Excellent drive

Perfect .. Nice picturesque drive. As long as you are driving down 1 you just as well slow down and go down 1A for the views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Googong NSW
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166 reviews 166 reviews
56 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Our local contacts suggested that taking the Bow Valley Parkway was a more pleasant way of getting to Banff from Lake Louise than zooming down the freeway (#1). We drove in May, and it was snowing. Much of the road is between pine forests so close to the road that any distant view is impossible. We did stop to look... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Perfect .. Nice picturesque drive. As long as you are driving down 1 you just as well slow down and go down 1A for the views.

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Burlington, Canada
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This drive takes one off the busier # 1 Highway. The speed limit is reduced so one has lots of opportunity to look for wildlife. There are many places to stop and view the mountains or just watch the world go by. A relaxing and beautiful drive.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Drove this on a cloudy day in February; the first half of the Parkway was closed for bad weather. What we did drive was pretty slippery and even with snow tires we ended up in a ditch. But then we saw Canada at its best - within 15 minutes a whole crowd of passers by was digging us out, attaching... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Gorgeous Scenery, as with all of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Definitely a must to put on the Bucket List!

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Bow Valley Parkway was our first drive in the Banff National Park. We went late Sept. Great tiime to go. Not too busy on the various scenic drives. Though we didnt see much wildlife, the scenery w/ the changing trees was amazing.

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Wilmington NC
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is a beautiful drive along the old highway (1920's) between Banff and Lake Louise. We liked it so much we drove this road (instead of the big highway) 2 or 3 times. Keep on the lookout and you might also get lucky and see a "bear jam" - cars slowed/stopped all along the road to photo a grizzly sauntering... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The main routes through this area are not only good roads, but they are great for seeing scenery unlike anything back home. The size of the area means that outside of the towns the roads are not normally congested, and you can enjoy the forests and, if you're lucky, some wildlife as well. There are plenty of opportunities to stop... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Gorgeous scenic drive between Banff and Lake Louise, this is an excellent drive to take if hoping to encounter wildlife and for a more leisurely paced opportunity to take picture of the spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Overall - I have done plenty of scenic drives and this is right up there among my favorite and most memorable drives. Although I will not recommend it if you are a novice winter driver and/or have a car that cannot handle winter conditions. Good - Best driving experience and I have to say that Banff Highway 1A aka Bow... More 

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