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“Banff Springs”
Review of Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway
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Helicopter Tour over the Canadian Rockies
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“Banff Springs”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Ths highway brings you to the Columbia Ice Fields. The trip is very worhwhie. It is a reat place to go hiking and also ride the gondola to have a fantastic view of Banff. Do not be fraid to venture on a white water ride. It is rated as a small white water and a guide is informative for this area.

Visited September 2012
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“WOW”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Tremendous views and a great days tour made this the highlight of the Rockies trip. The various stopping places and viewing points make for great photos spots

Visited July 2012
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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“back road”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

A nice way to get to some hiking areas that were recommended. With all the snow & ice, it was a charming road.

Visited October 2012
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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“well worth the detour”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

this is the old road and a great drive to see wildlife. go slowly or you will miss it easy road and not much traffic

Visited October 2012
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Seattle
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“Beautiful scenery, frequent animal sightings”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Driving Bow Valley Parkway is a delight. We stayed at an accommodation on the Parkway (Baker Creek Chalets) and saw beautiful aspen groves and wildlife every day: fox, ravens, grizzly bears, black bears, elk.

It's important to stay in your car and observe wildlife from a respectful and safe distance - especially bears. The animals need to remain wild and not get used to humans stalking them with cameras!

Park rangers were frequently managing traffic jams of animal observers, obviously trying to balance the needs of the animals with the interests of the tourists. Credit to them for their efforts to juggle traffic and educate people.

It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to drive between Banff and Lake Louise on the Parkway, compared to 30 quick minutes on the nearby main highway.

The road is slower than the main highway.

Visited August 2012
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