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Bow Valley Parkway

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful drive” (169 reviews)
“black beans” (179 reviews)
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1550
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"beautiful drive"
in 169 reviews
"the main highway"
in 91 reviews
"black beans"
in 179 reviews
"lake louise"
in 393 reviews
"speed limit"
in 79 reviews
"scenic route"
in 54 reviews
"eating berries"
in 18 reviews
"leisurely drive"
in 20 reviews
"great alternative"
in 23 reviews
"the trans canada highway"
in 41 reviews
"great road"
in 19 reviews
"pretty drive"
in 25 reviews
"take your time"
in 61 reviews
"grizzly bear"
in 48 reviews
"bow valley"
in 58 reviews
"spot wildlife"
in 19 reviews
"wildlife viewing"
in 19 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

and then be prepared as all the cars stop to take pictures. I drove from Banff to Johnson Canyon and then to Castle Junction one morning. There were two bears at two different locations, which certainly stopped traffic. Going was slow, even relatively early. However,...More

Thank Steven C
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Reviewed yesterday

Get off the main highway and slow down a bit and enjoy the views. We didn't see much wildlife, only 1 deer, but bears and elk are around. Beautiful drive!

Thank Brett R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Preferred to drive along this more peaceful route than just stick to the Highway. The idea of seeing wildlife attracted but we were not fortunate enough to see any

Thank David G
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Take a slow drive along Bow Valley. We saw Large Elk Sheep Der and Black Bears. Other people saw Grizzlies and Wolves. Just be patient and wait near the clearing viewing points.

Thank Melvyn F
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very good drive in the mountains. The only drawback is the construction taking place now. This made the drive a bit time consuming.

Thank Larry F
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I used to love driving up and down this road and seeing the wildlife now it has been ruined by being made too commercial and busy for traffic and bikes. Also due to the business the wildlife is rarely seen and therefore I believe the...More

1  Thank Philip C
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ok. So maybe not. Was pretty enough. But us along with a parade of traffic clearly missed the tiny sign saying the route to Lake Louise was closed. So drove twenty minutes each way in a gas guzzler Motorhome to be turned back. Was pretty...More

Thank Jotravy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots of wild life if you're lucky enough to catch a glimps. We saw elk, mountain goat and something else not sure what it was lol

Thank Joanne G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had hoped to drive this road on our visit this year, but about half the route is closed at the Lake Louise end because of bridge damage. Nevertheless, the part that we were able to drive is wonderfully scenic with fantastic views of the...More

1  Thank mjc404
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very scenic drive and be sure to stop at Johnson Canyon. We saw deer and a bear along the way. The beginning of June, the Parkway was under construction about 10 km from Johnson Canyon so you could drive to Lake Louise. It is a...More

1  Thank Casey R
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JBRetired
January 3, 2018|
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Response from pdabmo | Reviewed this property |
Not really a loop. You join Highway 1A (aka Bow Valley Parkway at this point) just after Mt Norquay heading west from Banff. It ends at the Lake Louise Ski Resort Road.. it is about 50km- approx. 30 miles. You could make it... More
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lemeister
June 30, 2017|
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Response from Lakotaone | Reviewed this property |
You need to get there either early in the morning...or at dusk. We saw about four when we were there. We had easy access though. Our lodge was nearest the one entrance that was open thruout the day/night.
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kds51
May 29, 2017|
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Response from treetrippers | Reviewed this property |
No restrictions that I saw but beware lots of :obsticles" slow moving cars, fast moving cars and animals on the road. Otherwise enjoy
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