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Review of Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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Small-Group Glacier Lakes and Lake Louise Hiking With Lunch
Reviewed December 4, 2012

I was expecting to a bigger "WOW" shocking but turned out quite bland. But it might be fair to say it is not that all disappointing. The whole Rockies are stunning and makes this scenic road among the "average".

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We had heard about this drive and chose to drive it around dusk, hoping to see some wildlife that we had heard about. Alas, our luck, we saw nothing other than perhaps a squirell. We enjoyed the drive, but might have chosen another drive if we hadnt been enticed to see the animals. Later a moose actually walked through our hotel parking lot in Banff.

3  Thank elnbryant
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

This scenic drive will take you straight from Banff to Lake Louise - it might take a bit longer than the highway as it has more speed restrictions. You can expect to travel at approx 50k/h. Great place to spot wildlife, including bears and wolves. Remember that speeding fines are doubled in the park so obey the laws and you'll have a good time!

4  Thank Jessica I
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Really attractive drive away from the busy Highway 1. If you are traveling north of Banff then we highly recommend you take the Bow Valley Parkway, it is obviously going to be slow going but the views and wildlife spotting are great.

4  Thank Sara_and_Paul
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Can be hit or miss - only saw a single big horned sheep the first time through but drove through again the next day and saw lots of black bears and elk. Get used to impatient drivers wanting to pass you if you're going too slow trying to spot wildlife.

3  Thank Andy H
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