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Bow Valley Parkway

#3 of 75 things to do in Banff Features Animals
Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife kids & grandkids love the sites of Banff...every day is a whole new experience. Our family frequents Banff Monthly (weekly) from January to April, less frequent from may to August which becomes more monthly on sales business.

Thank Sandy H
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful quiet road with stunning scenery. Parts were closed for marathon. Wanted more wildlfe sightings.Will keep trying!

Thank Jeanine F
Reviewed yesterday

We spent 2 hour each way from Lake Louise to the Japer/Glacier ice wallk. Met bear(s) 4 times and Bighorn once. Each time,it is close up look , 1- 5 minutes of good view of the wild animals just step outside the car wil ldo.....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It takes a lot for me to drive below the speed limit and this drive compelled me to do so. There was so much to see from the imposing Castle Mountain to a small herd of bighorn sheep to a grizzly bear eating the scrub...More

Thank Travis M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved our trip to the Rockies and the Bow Valley is another stunning place in miles of incredible scenery! We were very lucky with the weather. We visited in the best time…before the crowds get too bad. Last week in May, first week in...More

Thank S w
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful trail walks and lots of elk everywhere. A scenic wonderland! Wish we could have stayed longer.

Thank Miriam14
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the BVP to Johnston Canyon. It was a lovely drive in the am. We loved all the Poplar/Aspen trees-The sweet smell lingered in the air! We stopped to see a lake, looking for wildlife, only to return to our car and see a...More

Thank Rhawig
Reviewed 3 days ago

This short drive provides an excellent opportunity to see this Park while not on the Trans-Canadian highway. This is not the road to take if you are in a hurry.

Thank woodmister
Reviewed 3 days ago

Saw about 7 bears total. A 3 bear stand off with a black bear standing on hind feet, she also chased away another black bear because she had a yearling cub.

Thank shelia r
Reviewed 3 days ago

The countryside here is amazing and although some areas were closed due to bear activity it is really worth seeing

Thank nick e
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Are there any restrictions on Bow Valley Parkway for truck-campers? Width, height or length?
29 May 2017|
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Response from treetrippers | Reviewed this property |
No restrictions that I saw but beware lots of :obsticles" slow moving cars, fast moving cars and animals on the road. Otherwise enjoy
Andy M
Travelling from Jasper to Calgary this October 3rd to 5th. Overnight in Lake Louise . Any advice on where to go along the route and especially where might be the best opportunities to see bears would be greatly appreciated . Thanks!!
27 May 2017|
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Response from charbay | Reviewed this property |
Jasper to Calgary the entire drive from Jasper to Lake Louise is an eye boggling sight, lots to see just along the drive, your mind will be tired by the awesome beauty on this drive But must stops include (remember that by... More
Hi All, Going to Banff after a week in the end of April. I would like to see wildlife in Bow Valley Parkway. Which time and spot will you recommend for me? I don't mind to reach there before sunrise if that's the case. Thanks,
16 April 2017|
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Response from julieann704 | Reviewed this property |
There is no time, really it's just have your camera to hand, and sometimes your just in the right place at the right time, the scenery is just so beautiful to. Johnston canyon is just fantastic to walk up and see the... More