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Bow Valley Parkway

Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #5 of 54 Activities in Banff
Type: Scenic Drives, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sightseeing Tours

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Katy, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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168 reviews 168 reviews
40 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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Sydney
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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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111 reviews 111 reviews
57 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

Arrived just at dawn and after a slow drive for 20 mins spotted alarge black bear just after Moose meadows. Was able to watch for 20 mins, with no distance at that time from passing cars. This really made our day.

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West Sussex, England.
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Icefields Parkway is spectacular but do not ignore this lovely route between Banff and Lake Louise.

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