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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"
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Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday

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 yesterday

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

Thank mjc404
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Reviewed 2 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

Thank Casey R
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a parkway we drove a couple of times while in Canada. There are some great lookouts over the railway with breathtaking views. This is a great road for spotting wildlife. There is a store on the route that sells sandwich’s and has Picnic...More

Thank livininlouisiana
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Bow Valley Parkway runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway and provides some beautiful scenery. It is fun to take this route instead of the Trans-Canada Highway. We were not able to drive the upper part of the parkway because of bridge construction, though we...More

Thank JerrySchwab
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lengthy trip, with opportunities to see the attractions on the road & wildlife, especially Bears, at the roadside. most of the attractions are well worth a visit, especially Johnson Canyon.

Thank RobatWynyard
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Take the Bow Valley Parkway just off the main highway of you are I treated in seeing g some wildlife. The pace is slower and the drive is very scenic. We have taken it a number of times over the two visits to Alberta and...More

Thank Binirob
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My best friend and I drove on the Bow Valley Parkway to get to Johnson's canyon in Banff. It was such a beautiful and scenic drive and we were able to see lots of Elk on the way.we hoped to see a bear but we...More

Thank Aislinn M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We tried to drive this but it was closed so were disappointed. But then looked online and it is closed every year in spring till 25th June from 8am to 8pm to protect the animals which is fair enough. You can drive other times outside...More

Thank Lmira1971
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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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