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Bow Valley Parkway

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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Nice gentle ride through the forest

The Bow Valley Parkway is a two lane highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Speed is kept to a maximum of 70 kpm. There are some several viewing areas with great views. Expect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The Bow Valley Parkway is a two lane highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Speed is kept to a maximum of 70 kpm. There are some several viewing areas with great views. Expect a hilly, winding drive. This is a popular bicycle route.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This parkway is a great way to see some wildlife right off the roadway. My recommendation is to go during the peak times to spot wildlife (right at sunrise or right before sunset). The roads are far less crowded at this time, and we saw wildlife every time we drove through the area during those times. When we went mid-day... More 

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This alternative to #1 is worth it. It was never crowded and the lovely little places to pull off are wonderful. We traveled with the GyPSy app on our phones (not a plug as there are several apps that do the same, but we loved it), and it told us about many things we would never have seen or appreciated... More 

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a fabulous road and we drove along the stretch between Castle Junction and Lake Louise several times. We didn't get to do the rest of it until the day we flew home because of the Banff Marathon being held along it on one day and my tiredness on other evenings. We didn't get to see any bears or... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A much more scenic way to drive through the Rockies rather than taking the main highway to get from Bannf to Lake Louise. we drove it quite slowly and stopped off at many of the little park area's along the way. I would suggest You can go at your own pace and stop off at many of the little places... More 

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Port Moody, Canada
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A nice alternative to the highway and much better chance of spotting wildlife! Although we did see the Griz and her cub on the main exit from hwy 1. Take it slow and enjoy this pleasant side trip! Don't forget your camera and stop where all the other cars have stopped! They've obviously seen something too! ;)

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Forster, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It was nice to get off the busy highway and get onto the 48km scenic back road known as the Bow Valley Parkway. The scenery is wonderful and there are lots of places to stop and have a look and take a walk. Just be careful of all the push bike riders as there are quite a few.

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New York State
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Loved this roadway.....pretty vistas to stop at and we saw an elk at the side of the road in a clearing.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

... thrashing up the Highway. Through woodland much of the time, the views to the west are a succession of mountains, peak after peak, all glorious in their individuality. If you have time, leave the Highway alone!

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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

If you want to see wildlife and have time and patience to drive slowly, take this scenic parkway but go early! Best animal activity happens in early morning, like before 8am. Keep your camera ready.

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

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