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Bow Valley Parkway

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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“beautiful drive” (163 reviews)
“speed limit” (79 reviews)
Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very, very scenic driveway! We loved it, spectacular in both directions. Don' miss Morants Curve. Take a break and wait for the next train!

Thank Ga B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a gorgeous road that parallels the main highway to Lake Louise. Many opportunities for wildlife sightings!

Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth travelling this road as the views are astonishing in winter. Plenty of places to park up for pics too. Whilst we didn't see any significant animals, many do see these.

Thank david n
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a male and female eagle in the trees on the side of the parkway. Don't miss out on just driving around for a little bit in hopes of seeing wildlife!

Thank lulrey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Canada, you don't have to pay a tour guide to see wildlife. Just drive the Bow Valley Parkway. We saw bears and caribou galore! The drive is easy and scenery will not disappoint. It is "in your face" beautiful with granite...More

Thank Gina M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pretty, scenic way back to drive from Banff to the Lodge. This road is well maintained and offers beautiful views of the valley.

Thank yolandakavita
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Straight tall clumps of Larch or Lodgepole, used by Indians for tipi and lodges, lined this spectacular highway. Aspens added a deciduous texture. We were told the aspens have a sap that can be used as an SPF 15 sunscreen. Very helpful as we were...More

Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Beautiful Drive, Beautiful scenery, all in a beautiful Country. The Bow valley is unmissable if you are visiting Canda

Thank emzmac
Reviewed 8 December 2017

It has been many years since I have driven the Bow Valley Parkway. I did again this past summer. It is such a beautiful drive. A must do, for Albertans and visitors.

1  Thank Ian K
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The parkway is a beautiful and scenic drive. We have been lucky enough to do it regularly as we drop a kid off at university. The mountains and nature are truly Canadiana. Be sure to keep to the speed limit.

Thank SunnyWestKelowna
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3 January 2018|
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Response from pdabmo | Reviewed this property |
Not really a loop. You join Highway 1A (aka Bow Valley Parkway at this point) just after Mt Norquay heading west from Banff. It ends at the Lake Louise Ski Resort Road.. it is about 50km- approx. 30 miles. You could make it... More
30 June 2017|
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Response from Lakotaone | Reviewed this property |
You need to get there either early in the morning...or at dusk. We saw about four when we were there. We had easy access though. Our lodge was nearest the one entrance that was open thruout the day/night.
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