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Bow Valley Parkway

Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 35 activities in Banff
Type: Scenic Drives
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Moose Jaw, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is the perfect thing to on a cloudy or rest day. We went on a weekday in early April and we only saw a few cars which was really nice. We did the whole route up to Lake Louise and then came back the other way. The only complaint is that the TripAdvisor app takes you to the wrong... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

There are few drives on Earth as amazing as this. Great for a rainy day. Expect RV traffic in summer and there is a store part way to load up on refreshments and take a break. I recommend doing a loop using the main highway to not return the way you came. Takes 1-2 hours or less in the off... More

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Athabasca, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The drive from Jasper to Banff is absolutely amazing. The scenery is stunning and at one point there is an amazing waterfall where you can park and take pictures of. This is one for the bucket list.

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Stevenage
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Wonderful drive during winter from Banff to jasper. Tricky conditions during winter but really worth the effort. The view at Morants Corner is stunning.

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Oegstgeest
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Nice and easy hike through the Canyon. The hike gives a nice view in the Canyon and several waterfall can be seen. It is a safe walk with no difficulties for the hiker.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

This is our favourite drive in the whole Banff area. Best place to spot wildlife and visit waterfalls. Great pullouts and lots of history

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Eaton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

During mid September was when we were up in Banff. The drive was breathtaking with much to see.....wildlife, glaciers, lakes and hiking trails galour (doesnt matter if you want a beginner level or advance or time wise... a five minute walk or 5 hr to whatever hike, there is something for everyone on this road. We hiked the Johnston Canyon... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We never visit Banff and take Hwy 1 to and from other places when we can travel the Bow Valley Parkway. Your chances of seeing wildlife is greater here than the highway above because they are fenced in there and on the BVP they can be right on the road or just alongside for perfect photography. I've seen the most... More

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Priddis, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

It is definitely worth it to take your time and wander down this lovely, quiet road with spectacular scenery and, usually, animal sightings. I have driven this route many times and seen elk, bears, sheep, coyotes and even a wolf! We, again, veered off the TransCanada on our way to Jasper last week to experience the leisurely drive with the... More

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Kontich, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

When driving from Banff to Lake Louise, make sure to use Bow Valley Parkway instead of TC-1. Very scenic route, and high chances to view wildlife along the road. Possibilities to walk some trails along the route (e.g. Johnston Canyon) and to stop at several locations for some splendid views (e.g. Castle Mountain). Take your time for this drive, and... More

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