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Bow Valley Parkway

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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Beautful Scenic drive

It was suggested that we take a drive up to Emerald Lake along the Parkway, where we would see lots of wildlife. It was a snowy day and we kept thinking that we should turn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was suggested that we take a drive up to Emerald Lake along the Parkway, where we would see lots of wildlife. It was a snowy day and we kept thinking that we should turn around. It was beautiful and scenic but we did not see any wildlife! We passed the Baker Camp which looked so inviting with it's outdoor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great alternative to highway 1 between Banff and Lake Louise. In the summer, you have much more chance of seeing wildlife and in the winter you can stop to admire and photograph the views. There's a goodly number of well designed interpretive/informative pull-offs, where you can learn about some of the history and other aspects of the geography on... More 

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Thank Riggies
Calgary, Canada
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go here often - the drive in any season is wonderful. Relax, enjoy the fresh air and views and just get your mind off the city. Plase do not stop to feed or go near wildlife - the fines now are very high. Also speeding is a no-no as many of our parks animals are killed by speeders.

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Fairview, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots to do and see along the way, really good winter hikes just minutes from the road. interesting monument to the pow camp and don't forget Johnson canyon

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed taking this route as an alternative to Hwy 1. Best traveled in daylight hours as it's windy and has a few oneway sections.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelled this road 3 or 4 times and thoroughly enjoyed the scenery but unfortunately didn't get to see any wildlife namely bears :( Thoroughly recommend taking this route to Lake Louise and Johnson Canyon.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't get over the beauty of this drive. We did it in the middle of January and had the most stunning snow covered views. I would do this drive when you have a little more time. We went pretty slowly (my partner loves to take photos) from Banff to Lake Louise and stopped to do the walk to the lower... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove along this as part of a tour today and it was so beautiful. The winter landscape is indeed a wonderland. Sadly we saw no animals but the views were breathtaking.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rent a car, then you can stop and start at your leisure. One of the most beautiful drives in the Rockies. A gazillion places to stop between Banff and Jasper. Bring your picnic! Stop at the icefields; at numerous picnic/campgrounds; waterfalls; trails; wilderness beauty beyond compare.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was unfortunate we had to detour part of the Bow Valley Parkway due to the annual Banff Marathon foot race. However, what we did get to travel upon gave us a good opportunity to get off the highway for a better chance of catching wildlife going about their daily business.

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