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Bow Valley Parkway

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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All reviews beautiful drive the main highway between banff and lake louise black beans speed limit scenic route leisurely drive great road the trans canada highway nice alternative pretty drive take your time slow drive pull over wildlife sightings grizzly bear bow valley
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bow Valley Parkway was a silent, peaceful and gorgeous ride. We were in Alberta last week and took the opportunity to drive our rental car through the snow in the Bow Valley Parkway. Views are breathtaking and it is a peaceful experience. I highly...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Phoenix_AZShredder
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise after our Johnston Valley Icewalk instead of the highway. It was gorgeous as it had just snowed the night before. There was about 2 feet of snow but the main roads were plowed so it wasn’t terrible...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ddilo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bow Valley Parkway is a scenic and beautiful drive through Banff connecting with Lake Louise that runs parallel to the much busier Trans-Canada Highway. The well-maintained paved road is narrow and winding as it meanders through the thick pine-tree forest with gorgeous mountain views...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BrittanyAdventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a pretty drive you do NOT want to miss it. Easy to get to and well worth it. Make sure you have your Park Pass (for everything) and have your cameras ready. The views are breathtaking and keep your eyes peeled for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Scott K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful. Morants curve is an excellent place to take pictures of CP trains if you are into that. Pictures at least my pictures do not do this area justice.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kim C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great idea to get off the main highway through Banff and do a tour along the parkway . Minutes after the turn , we encountered a herd of mountain sheep on the road . They were in no hurry to move . The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank grantkc88
Reviewed December 14, 2018

I didn't realize there was a scenic drive between Lake Louise and Banff until about an hour before we left. We were bowled over by the scenery... kept having to pull over to make pictures. The road is perfectly maintained. So glad we didn't miss...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AixTex
Reviewed November 22, 2018

We travelled the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Lake Louise. The views are absolutely beautiful with lots of places to stop and take photos. The roads are in great condition and a pleasure to drive on.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sarahpWiltshire
Reviewed November 21, 2018

We enjoyed being able to drive along here as there are plenty of places to pull over and stop. The only wildlife we saw were a pair of coyote crossing the road and a mule deer. Too many cars speed along here which it less...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank E2684TNpickyfromuk
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We had friends here from England and did a road trip that included this scenic drive. It is not far from the Trans-Canada highway, and well worth it as there is very little vehicular traffic. You can pretty well guarantee that you will see some...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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
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.
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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Eureka, California
Thanks and a question. (3 Replies)
Hi Everybody I have been lurking and searching for over a month now and wanted to thank the travelers and locals for sharing all their knowledge. I can not believe your patience with the repeated questions. Anyway here goes. From Banff and return to, we will drive to Yoho one day and Moraine lake another. Is there a better direction to drive the Bow Valley Parkway? I understand that you have to be off the road at 6pm. Our return time might allow us the time us to drive south as well as...More
May 28, 2011|
Response frombanff|
For views, I would drive it going back toward Banff, I think the views are better that way. But for wildlife viewing, morning would be better than mid-afternoon, so you might want to consider that as well. Thanks for your kind comments!
Melbourne, Australia
Banff itinerary (4 Replies)
Hi Thank you to all that contribute to these forums We have found it an invaluable help to ensure a great holiday. Could you please have a quick look at our intended itinerary and let us know if we could twig it a little to make sure it flows smoothly. Although we are flying from Aus we will be spending a few days in Seattle so shouldnt have jet lag. sat Fly to Calgary hire a car drive to Banff. Sun Athabasca Icefileds 5/6 hour hike Mon Weather permitting Banff gondola tunnel...More
September 02, 2011|
Response fromCountry_Wife|
I notice from an earlier posting that you were planning to visit in August 2012. Is that still the case? "Sun Athabasca Icefileds 5/6 hour hike" -- I assume this is a guided Ice Walk? I mention it because unguided walks on the icefields are not safe, and other people reading this thread might get the wrong impression. "are we better off doing the rafting in the Argo" Sorry, I'm not sure I know what you mean by this. Generally you get pretty wet when rafting, so it can be nicer to do...More
Bow Valley Parkway - when? (5 Replies)
Hi, My wife and I will be spending a week in the CR next month. Our itinerary takes us from Calgary Airport-->Lake Louise-->Jasper-->Banff-->Calgary. Since our flight arrives in Calgary at 2:00pm, would it make sense to just take the Trans-Canada Hwy to Lake Louise and save the Bow Valley Parkway for the drive back from Jasper to Banff when we have more time? Or is there a reason to do the Bow Valley Pkwy from Banff to Lake Louise instead? Thanks!
August 31, 2014|
Response fromFrommy|
Banff to LL is the best bit.