Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway, Banff: Address, Phone Number, Bow Valley Parkway Reviews: 4.5/5

Bow Valley Parkway
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4.5
2,393 reviews
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655
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167
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Shai & Huvi
Thornhill, Canada257 contributions
Jul. 2021
We saw 2 bears and lots of deer along the road. You can really experience the Rockies via this road. It itself is the destination.
Written November 8, 2021
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4,072 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Friends
We decided to get off the highway and take Bow Valley Parkway to take in the beautiful scenery. We are so glad we did because we were able to get some really nice photos of such a gorgeous area. I would suggest everyone take this scenic route.
Written October 29, 2021
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Trekbud
Loughborough, UK1,006 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
This route provides a nice entrance to the Rocky Mountains. There’s an interesting contrast between flat cattle plain and the start of the mountains. As with everything mountain related, it is very weather dependent.
Written October 8, 2021
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PaulaDDuck
Toronto, Canada191 contributions
Sep. 2021
We were late enough in the season to be able to drive the entire length of the Bow Valley Parkway. It certainly gives you a different perspective compared with the faster route between Banff and Lake Louise. We did not have time to do any of the hikes along the way.
Written September 22, 2021
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Ruth K
Flat Rock, NC122 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Beautiful hiking available. Unable to go to Johnston Canyon as it was closed but did some other trails and saw a wolf and moose
Written September 11, 2021
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4*60
6 contributions
Jul. 2021
Most interesting section closed on the east end. Not sure why in July. I would recommend drive to Minnewanka instead, unless doing Johnson Canyon
Written July 18, 2021
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Hansi
Gold Canyon, AZ1,420 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Couples
It’s a great way to travel to Lake Louise and Johnston Canyon however, it is closed to passenger cars this Sommer. You can however walk or ride a bike if you don’t want to use a bus. Busses are scheduled to run this summer from Banff along the Bow Parkway, Johnston Canyon and Lake Louise. Not the same as by your own car but, hey, at least one is able to see it.
Written June 30, 2021
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Mama60
Nova Scotia32 contributions
Oct. 2020
The scenery is just spectacular, everywhere you look there is something that just takes your breath away.
Written October 26, 2020
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buttercup1211
Winnipeg, Canada1,593 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
We drove between Lake Louise and Castle Junction and what an absolutely scenic and peaceful ride. If you’re not in a rush, you definitely want to get off Highway 1 and take this route instead. Do a quick stop at Morant’s Curve for a quick photo op, or maybe you will be lucky and spot a train. We didn’t really see any wildlife other than chonky crows, but the leaves were starting to turn mid-September so it wa very pretty. There was hardly anyone on this route and the slower speed was a nice change. After Castle Junction, the road is closed, but if you want to drive up to Johnston Canyon, you can make a reservation to have a meal at Blackswift Bistro and the Parks Canada people will open the barricade for you. You can’t get past Johnston Canyon though so you still have to drive back to Castle Junction to get back on Highway 1.
Written October 6, 2020
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ian A
5 contributions
Sep. 2020
Beautiful scenery. The leaves are beginning to change color. The trail is easily accessible from the townsite. And no traffic!
Written September 24, 2020
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