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Bow Valley Parkway

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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Terrific scenic highway

Terrific highway, not too crowded, though there is the occasional tailgater/speeder. Many scenic turnouts. Posted speed limit 90 km per hour, though it seems some want to go 120... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Terrific highway, not too crowded, though there is the occasional tailgater/speeder. Many scenic turnouts. Posted speed limit 90 km per hour, though it seems some want to go 120 km per hour or more.

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Bramley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Used the parkway rather than main parkway amd stuck to 60 all the way rather than brave the big tractor trailers racing along the A1. We were rewarded and saw 3 black bears real close up, lovely views and a nice coffee stop!

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Newnan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The mountains are gorgeous, but they are almost anywhere in Banff and Yoho. This is the slower paced ride back to Banff from the British Columbia area. We did see a large eagles' nest with a parent feeding small rodents to their young! A grizzly near the railroad tracks was also a wonderful surprise. As advised, we glanced at the... More 

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Dalry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Drove up and down it several times. Bears bears, more bears! Look out for the poo on the road and the bears wont be away!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We saw an elk while driving on the parkway early in the morning to Lake Louise. We drove it on the way back in the afternoon but did not see any animals

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

It's such a pretty drive, peaceful, clean and serene. And a bear within a few minutes. Lovely. So overawed to see a bear too. Great drive.

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This parkway was ok, but nothing spectacular. I think i'd take the main highway in the future. If you just want to get off the main hwy, take it.

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charleston, sc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This was a great ride and we had unbelievable views of wildlife. It was so amazing to wind around a curve and see 15-20 bighorn sheep relaxing. We were there in April so were one of a handful of cars - it was fantastic!

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Enfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We traveled this road to get to Lake Louise. What a beautiful early morning drive. There wasn't much for wildlife viewing, but the scenery was stunning.

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Eumundi, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Highlight of our trip as we finally saw black bears and Elk ! Beautiful drive, make sure you stop at Johnstone Canyon.

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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff

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