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Bow Valley Parkway

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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All reviews beautiful drive the main highway black beans lake louise speed limit scenic route leisurely drive nice alternative the trans canada highway eating berries great road pretty drive take your time pull over grizzly bear wildlife sightings bow valley
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of construction going along the road, unfortunately we didn’t see any wildlife but they may have been scared off by the noise from all the construction! Still a pretty road to drive down though!

Thank L0V3T0TRAV3L97
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Bow Valley Parkway or 1A runs from Banff to Lake Louise and has plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the wonderful pristine scenery. It’s worth the drive either on the way or on the way back from Lake Louise. Be aware that...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Bow Valley Parkway, which runs between Banff and Lake Louise, offers beauty galore and slower pace to enjoy it. This was the original highway between the two popular spots, but nowadays it is a pleasant sojourn alternative to its successor. There are plenty of...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Bow River / Falls is gorgeous. The Banff Springs Hotel (Castle in the Rockies nickname) is just beautiful, perked on the edge of Bow River. Check out the wildlife found along the road. We saw lots of Mule Deer and Elk.

Thank sandramerwin
Reviewed 5 days ago

Take this detour off of TC1. It offers great views of Storm Mountain and the river as well as Castle Mountain.

Thank Jimmy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery and a very good chance for wildlife. There are a number of good places to hike, including Johnston Canyon.

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family holiday visit from the UK. Took the Parkway route bank to Banff one afternoon after some sight seeing at Lake Louise. Disappointed with both the at times restricted scenery and complete lack of wildlife. My passengers all fell asleep !

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drive from Banff to Lake Louise, then on to Jasper, has to be one of the world’s most beautiful and memorable drives. Great road, fairly quiet,and beautiful Rocky Mountains high valleys and lakes. We loved it so much we’ve even bought some professional photography...More

Thank JNS111
Reviewed 1 week ago

My rating is purely based on the fact we only saw white tailed deer and whisky jacks on the parkway. There were signs Wolves had been in the area but we did not see any nor any bears. When we went in September some of...More

Thank nickic310
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove the BVP on our way to Johnson Canyon for a morning hike. During the morning we saw some white tailed deer. However, on the way back in the afternoon we drove slowly and pulled off anytime we spotted something (close or in the...More

Thank Matthew M
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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
1 July 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.
30 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