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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Take this instead of the Highway

This Parkway was beautiful and had many places to pull over at lookpoints. People drove slow and it was easy to pull to the side and let those who wanted to go a little faster... read more

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Cindy A
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Parkway was beautiful and had many places to pull over at lookpoints. People drove slow and it was easy to pull to the side and let those who wanted to go a little faster pass you. We did see a magnificent Elk right next to the road. It was thrilling.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We drove this route on our way to Banff and on our way back. We took it mid morning and after dinner. In total we had 6 bear viewings- 5 black bears and 1 grizzly. Two were just outside the "parkway" entrance on the lake Louise side. We had 5 people in our van which helped with spotting the Bears.... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When visiting Banff National Park you have the choice of going quickly by taking the trans-Canada Highway or taking the more serene Bow Valley Parkway which cuts deep into the park. Lakes, forests, and waterfalls are all within easy reach of the Parkway. There are unlimited opportunities to stop and enjoy the majesty of this amazing national park.

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Thank Ken A
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed this quieter route from Lake Louise to Banff and stopped frequently to hike, wander on small trails, watch the wildlife - including bears! Wonderful day.

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Thank Jo R
Peterborough
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Maybe the most exciting part of the Parkway was when the Park Rangers ran everyone through a checkpoint looking for drivers who didn't have the required park passes. I'd say 60% of the vehicles were asked to pull over and ante up. We were rather smug about the whole thing since we had purchased the annual pass. Anyway, the scenery... More 

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Hightstown, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have the time when travelling between Banff and Lake Louise, take the Parkway for breathtaking views of the Bow River, Castle Mountain, alpine meadows and wildlife. We saw a bear on the side of the road. Be sure to stop at some of the overlooks.

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Tugun, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is going the long and slow way between Lake Louise and Banff, the drive is slow usually max of 60km/h and meanders through forests and past meadows. We saw our first alive bear on the roadside, just fossicking around, after a while it wondered of into the bushes

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful scenic drive where you can see all kinds of things--rocks, mountains, wildlife, flowers, etc. Since you go to Banff National Park for the scenery, it would be a shame to miss this scenic drive.

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even if you are only driving north/south, take your time and go this way. We saw two bears! Take the Johnston Canyon Hike - it's well worth a little extra time.

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Scunthorpe, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took this route on our way to Lake Louise (returning via the highway). Hardly any traffic but we didn't see any wildlife either; don't know whether it's more scenic than the main highway but you may be lucky and catch a bear or elk.

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