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Bow Valley Parkway

Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #5 of 57 Activities in Banff
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks

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Witney, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
85 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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Battleford, Canada
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167 reviews 167 reviews
40 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Apart from the beauty of the parkway from Lake Louise to Banff, we were thrilled to have a very large black wolf cross the highway within 100 feet in front of us. Of course no-one can guarantee that one will alway have this thrill but it certainly was a high point in our journey. Leaving aside the wolf, the trip... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is such a lovely scenic drive that we took most of the day to drive from Lake Louise to Banff. There is so much to look at and lots of hiking and picnic areas. Also, there are loads of tourist signs giving plenty of information on the history and geography of the area. It's well worth coming off the... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Beautiful scenery. Saw elk and a wolf. Hiked trails of the Parkway. Would have spent more time investigating trails if I didn't have other plans.

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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

So glad that I had read up about the Bow Valley Parkway. We followed the instructions to be there at dawn, so we had set off from the Delta Banff hotel just before 6am and were about a quarter of the way along when we had the good fortune to see a black bear just leaving the road and entering... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We recently spent some 18 days in the Lake Louise area and started to travel on the Bow Valley Parkway back and forth from Banff -- and other places -- quite early in the piece, and so often that I have lost count! I simply fell in love with this quiet, scenic route. Unfortunately, circumstances mostly prevented us from travelling... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Please do not miss the Bow Valley Parkway; it is a lovely alternative to driving the Icefields Parkway towards Lake Louise. The speed limit is a bit slower, allowing the opportunity to take in and fully enjoy some of the delightful views and passages. Much is accessible by well maintained pathways and turn arounds.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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57 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were on our way back to Banff in the late afternoon and took the Bow Valley Parkway. It's a beautiful wooded drive, with good quiet roads and plenty of photo opportunities. About halfway along, we came upon a BEAR beside the road. It was unperturbed by people stopping their cars to look at it, and we were able to... More 

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