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“A nice drive, but didnt see any wildlife.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway
Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Birmingham, Alabama
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A nice drive, but didnt see any wildlife.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We had heard about this drive and chose to drive it around dusk, hoping to see some wildlife that we had heard about. Alas, our luck, we saw nothing other than perhaps a squirell. We enjoyed the drive, but might have chosen another drive if we hadnt been enticed to see the animals. Later a moose actually walked through our hotel parking lot in Banff.

Visited July 2012
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Banff National Park, Canada
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Great alternative to the highway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This scenic drive will take you straight from Banff to Lake Louise - it might take a bit longer than the highway as it has more speed restrictions. You can expect to travel at approx 50k/h. Great place to spot wildlife, including bears and wolves. Remember that speeding fines are doubled in the park so obey the laws and you'll have a good time!

Visited November 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
“Attractive drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Really attractive drive away from the busy Highway 1. If you are traveling north of Banff then we highly recommend you take the Bow Valley Parkway, it is obviously going to be slow going but the views and wildlife spotting are great.

Visited July 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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“Don't be dissapointed if you don't see much at first”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Can be hit or miss - only saw a single big horned sheep the first time through but drove through again the next day and saw lots of black bears and elk. Get used to impatient drivers wanting to pass you if you're going too slow trying to spot wildlife.

Visited August 2012
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Oxnard, California
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“The Scenic Route”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We took the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise. It takes longer than the highway, but it is the more scenic route. Take it if you are interested in wildlife, want to take a nice drive. We saw a black bear and a deer while driving it. I think a lot of the nature tours take that road, so if you don't want to pay for the tour you could just drive yourself to a lot of the areas where wildlife is spotting and look on your own.

Visited August 2012
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