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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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SCENIC HIGHWAY!

An alternate route from Banff to Lake Louise instead of the Interstate is the Bow Valley Parkway. We traveled it late early in the morning and late in the afternoon in hopes of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An alternate route from Banff to Lake Louise instead of the Interstate is the Bow Valley Parkway. We traveled it late early in the morning and late in the afternoon in hopes of spotting wildlife. Unfortunately none was spotted but the route is beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Parkway from Banff to Lake Louise and had some great views. Parked along the way, took in the amazing scenery -which you can't do on the freeway (Hwy 1.) which runs more or less parallel to the parkway. We didn't see any animals -bears or wolf, but there were signs informing that wolves were in the area.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Drove the Bow Valley Parkway 5 times in all. 2 trips were at 8am, 3 in the afternoon . We did not see any wildlife, despite driving slowly. It is a more relaxed route to travel between Banff and Lake Louise than the 'motorway'. Guess we were just unlucky not to see any wildlife. However Johnston Canyon along the Parkway... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bow Valley Parkway is Hwy 1A from Lake Louise to the City of Banff. You cannot drive fast (posted speed limit) but the idea is to enjoy the surrounding beauty. Supposedly this is a good place to view wildlife; however, we saw none when we traveled through in late afternoon. I think there is a better chance of seeing wildlife... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the slow, scenic route from Banff to Lake Louise. The views, especially of Castle Mountain, are stunning. There are not many facilities along the route, except at Johnstone Falls. Don't use this route if you are in a hurry because the speed limits along the way are all very low, unnecessarily low in my opinion.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Have travelled the bow valley parkway several times in previous visits and it is a beautiful scenic drive. I did find there to be more traffic and the amount of cars parked on the side of the road by hiking trail to the falls a bit of a hazzard. Did not see any animals this round but have always in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first stop with a camper on the way to the British Columbia Adventure tour. Fire wood fairly expensive but at least we were aloud fire!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove the route 3 times at various times of day and always managed to spot elk or deer. Highlight was on planned day trip to Lake Louise when male grizzly (tag in left ear) was seen beside road eating berries. Soon attracted several cars and one selfish idiot driver got far too close, i.e., same side of road almost on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent scenery, lovely and quiet, but unfortunately we didn't see any wildlife on either time we drove along it. Expect earlier or later in the day would be better though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are in the area, pack a picnic and spend the day to enjoy the scenery and many scenic vistas. We drove it from Lake Louise to Banff. Don't miss Johnston's Canyon.

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