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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Helicopter Tour over the Canadian Rockies
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

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Wildlife viewing!!

If you are not in a hurry, you MUST take this drive. It runs parallel from Canmore to Banff, a quick 30 minute drive. Take your time and look around, we saw a mother black bear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
luv2travelMadison_WI
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gentbrugge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a nice alternative for the highway on going from Lake Louise to Banff. Unfortunately we did not see any wildlife which was a bit of a disappointment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are not in a hurry, you MUST take this drive. It runs parallel from Canmore to Banff, a quick 30 minute drive. Take your time and look around, we saw a mother black bear with two cubs, another bear eating berries along the road, a group of Rams and several deer! Cars will pull over for better viewing... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were advised to drive along this road when leaving Banff to head towards Lake Louise rather than using the main highway, what a brilliant piece of advice that was. We left Banff very early (6:00) and were lucky enough to see a Grizzly Bear eating buffalo berries at the side of the road without the usual (and dangerous) 'Bear... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

but does not compete with the Icefields Pkw. Still, and easy drive, may see animals, and there is some good history along the road.

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Charlestown, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A really scenic, slower paced alternative to busy Trans Canada highway from Banff to Lake Louise. Beautiful mountains, rivers, and if you are lucky some wildlife along the way. The road gives you access to Johnston Canyon which is a pleasant hike. Also stop by the memorial to the Castle Mountain Interment Camp used during WWI. A little history with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wildlife finding and watching involves patience and getting up very early or, depending on the time of year, staying awake for the two hours before total darkness. There is an abundance of wildlife on the parkway but it does not appear on demand. We did see a black bear and mule deer one evening. Another evening we saw an enormous... More 

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had been advised to take this alternative route to Lake Louise and we were so glad we did. The traffic was much quite than the main road, but the views were awesome. We kept stopping to take in the views regularly as they where so breath taking.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The drive from Banff to Lake Louise on the Parkway (Hwy 1A) lets you really experience the park and the Rockies. Just relax, take the time and enjoy. Lots of great places to stop along the way. You could easily take a full day if you stop along the way.

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Dartmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In an attempt to find some wildlife we drove the Bow Valley Parkway between Lake Louise and Banff... shortly into the drive we saw a grizzly bear eating berries... it was great to get pictures of the bear... it is absolutely ridiculous, however, to see people leaving their cars to get closer to a wild animal and get a picture...... More 

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Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We drove this parkway twice during our visit. It is rich with wildlife habitat, although we didn't see much despite early morning drive (Not that the wildlife knew we were coming ;-)) There are lots of turn-outs and interesting things to see (including descriptions), as well as numerous hikes of all challenges-something for everyone!

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