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“Beautiful drive and great wildlife”
Review of Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway
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Duluth, Georgia
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful drive and great wildlife”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We saw deer, elk, black bears and countless birds. It is a great little drive as well. Go to Johnson Canyon Falls for a nice hike. Take a picnic and enjoy a sunny day.

Visited June 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Drive the Parkway”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great way to get off the highway and enjoy the views close up between Banff and Lake Louise. Be ready to slow down, stop along the way for photography and if you get lucky wildlife encounters. Also very popular with cyclists. Several great places to stop for a picnic lunch with great views - Castle Mountain was a favorite stop.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice drive”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This drive runs parallel to the highway. We drove it in the afternoon from Lake Louise to Banff. There are several points of interest where you can pull over and read signs. We did not see wildlife on our trip but can see where it is very likely to happen in mornings and evenings. There is a sign posted that they do not want you driving this road after 6pm and I assume its because of the wildlife on and around the road. This road is much prettier than the highway!

Visited August 2013
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Please ... don't be in a hurry!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We drove this road in both directions. It is a beautiful drive through the woods and definitely a great place to spot wildlife. However, if you are in a hurry stay off this road! There is a perfectly good highway if you have no interest in enjoying the drive. Not only do speeders ruin the drive for others, but it could be quite dangerous. There are several blind curves and you never know when several cars might be stopped to watch a large elk on the side of the road. Drive this road to enjoy the "drive" ... and slow down!

Visited July 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“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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