Bow Valley Parkway
Bow Valley Parkway
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david n
Manchester, UK4,226 contributions
Jan. 2023
A quieter way to drive through this beautiful area. So, its winter and very few animas but the scenery is itself awesome.
Written January 19, 2023
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2TravelersMn
Stillwater, MN545 contributions
Jul. 2022
The Bow Valley Parkway is a 30-mile scenic road between Banff and Lake Louise. Castle Mountain Lookout and Storm Mountain Viewpoint are two of the great stops.
Written January 5, 2023
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Tarrans
Great Yarmouth, UK38 contributions
Sep. 2022
Such an amazing drive, beautiful scenery! Entire 3 weeks never saw a bear though so gutted ha ha . Roads and pull over view points are all fantastic
Written October 30, 2022
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada817 contributions
Oct. 2022
This parkway offers you the opportunity to get off the 4-lane highway and take a quieter, slower trip through the countryside. Lots of scenery to admire, with a few look-offs to stop at. Some hikes too, such as the Johnson Canyon trail which is highly recommended. We went in October, so there wasn't much traffic and there were few tourists. Hoped to see wildlife, but we were traveling in mid-day, when the sightings are less likely. It's a good alternative route, if you have the extra time.
Written October 20, 2022
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Geraldine M
Woking, UK5 contributions
Sep. 2022
We drove and cycled up the Bow Valley Parkway at least 4 times in each direction, and saw a solitary deer (twice). The scenery is beautiful but unless you visit earlier in the season wildlife may well be few and far between!
Written October 19, 2022
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Catherine W
Chippenham, UK251 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
We drove this route from lake Louise to Banff.it follows the river and has beautiful views all the way. We managed to photograph a train at Morants curve and stopped at other viewpoints though we failed to see any wildlife. We drove on to where the road is blocked at Johnston canyon. Walked here but were disappointed to find the upper falls trail was closed for maintenance. It is good that the road is closed at times which must help the wildlife and be wonderful for cyclists. It is a much quieter more pleasant drive than the trans Canada highway.
Written October 7, 2022
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,272 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
We rode our bikes from Banff to Johnston Canyon on the closed section. While I can sympathize with those who are upset that it is closed all month, as a cyclist, I can say there is nothing better than being able to ride through such a beautiful area without having to constantly watch for traffic.

As we rode, there were amazing views of different mountains around every corner. Also enjoyed the many pull offs with signs discussing different animals, rivers, history, and wild fires.

At Johnston Canyon you can ride into the closed campground for a quiet picnic stop.
Written September 26, 2022
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Dia Lau
Mirabel, Canada3 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Closed in September (except for biking). Very unfortunate and discriminating for mobility reduced people. We went from Ontario and couldn't access it. The person at Park Canada who decided this is really dumb! Could have been closed one day a week, instead of the whole month. A good exemple of "WOKE" from the federal government. 👎🤡
Written September 26, 2022
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premierman
County Tipperary, Ireland567 contributions
Sep. 2022
Southern part of the parkway is closed to motorised traffic until the end of September. Drove the part that is open 3 times, early morning and evening but saw no wildlife on any visit, don't think it is worth it until next month as there are more scenic drives in Banff NP.
Written September 21, 2022
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Lori V
Barrie, Canada2 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Family
Very sad the Bow River Parkway is closed to vehicles. When had planned to take it for our last day of vacation on our way to Calgary.

“The section of the Bow Valley Parkway east of Johnston Canyon to Banff will remain open to public vehicles EXCEPT from May 1 to June 25 and from September 1 to 30 in 2022, 2023 and 2024 where public vehicles will not be allowed (as part of the 3 year cycling pilot on the Highway 1A).”
Written September 18, 2022
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