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“Love this quiet Parkway and recommend it to everyone” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway
Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 24 Tours & Activities in Banff
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Vernon, Canada
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“Love this quiet Parkway and recommend it to everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is the old highway through the Rockies and I am so glad they left it open to the public. It is a nice quiet drive where you will most likely come across some wildlife of some sort. On top of that, there are about a dozen stops of interest along the way, that explain things about the rockies to you. As well there is Johnston Canyon, a wonderful little hike into a canyon where they actually put gantry's onto the side of the canyon and you walk along them above the river.
This is THE best way to travel from Lake Loise to Banff, it is much better than flying along the Trans Canada Highway and trying to take in all the beauty.

Visited August 2012
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“great alternative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Bow Valley Pky is a great alternative to Hwy 1 between Banff and Lake Louise. Great places to stop and sight see, hike and do almost anything you want, at dusk the elk are quite active and usually closer to the road, the big horn sheep come down onto the road occasionally. If you have the time this parkway is worth the trip.

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is an excellent road if you want to get away from the Trans Canada Highway for a while. Even though we didn't get to see any animals this time around, normally its a pretty good place to spot some.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Just what you might have imagined.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great views winding through the mountains and alongside the river. Cuts half an hour off the old route.

Visited August 2012
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Key West
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“Don't miss this, if you have a car.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Absolutely beautiful. Drive slowly and stop frequently to enjoy. Although the parkway is across the river from the Trans-Can, you are in a completely different world.

Visited January 2013
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