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“Drove it twice but didn't see anything - still nice”
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
Durham, North Carolina
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48 reviews
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“Drove it twice but didn't see anything - still nice”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

It's a nice alternative to highway 1. If you are going from Banff north and back you can take it in one direction and get a different scenery. We drove slowly, twice, at dusk, and didn't see any animals unfortunately, but it is still a pretty drive. Just don't get your hopes up too much.

Visited August 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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240 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“After all you are on vacation, right? Please take this route to go to Lake Louise, not the freeway!”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

This route has far more to see & experience than the freeway.
Try to take this route early in the morning to go to Lake Louise from Banff, if you want to see wildlife! We were able to see a lot of different species on our back as well, around sunset.
Just drive slowly and keep an eye for the cars parked and lined up, if you can't find them on your own!!
If you aren't lucky and don't see any, still it is worh it.

Visited July 2013
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Houston
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32 reviews
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“Could I just live there ?”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

In 2-1/2 years of living in Calgary, we scampered west and hour at every opportunity and would cruise the Bow Valley parkway over and over. A favorite spot is the Mule Shoe picnic area where we once saw a grizzly stroll past the picnic table en route downhill through the woods to swim across a small pond. Have seen several other black bears in the area across the parkway as well as a wolf on the pond's railroad tracks and always ground squirrels posing for a Kodak moment.
Be sure to take time to read all the information posted regarding the area wildlife and prescribed burns, historical points. Amazing to find so much natural beauty running parallel to the TransCanada. You can take it all the way to Lake Louise and enjoy a hike through Johnston Canyon and its waterfalls, elk, deer and Castle Mtn and the fun convenience store with the neatest souvenirs, clean washrooms, treats to munch on and a nice wine selection - cute cabins and even gasoline !

Visited August 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
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“Go for the view!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Definitely a must do when visiting Banff- lots of animal sightings and beautiful mountain views. Also, stop at Johnston Canyon and do the hike if you have time!

Visited June 2013
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Banff
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“Enjoy the wildlife”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

At one time, this was the Transcanada highway. Take your time and follow the speed limit. In the summer the road can be busy with vehicles and road bikes. Ihere was a voluntary travel restriction until June 25 from 6 pm - 9 pm for the protection of wildlife. Next year, 2014, it will be become mandatory. This is prime time for activity along this roadway. I sometimes see sheep, the occasional bear, deer, elk and one time, a moose!

A section of the road becomes divided before you get to Johnston Canyon. Take a lunch as there some picnic areas OR stop at the restaurant at ohnston Canyon. The view along the highway is not so great but sometimes, you luck out, and get the solitude. There are also a few hiking trailhead accesses along this highway.

Visited July 2013
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