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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

This was our fave drive of the trip! We saw grizzlies, black bear, and elk. Stop at Johnston Creek while you are on the road.

Thank Julie B
Reviewed yesterday

This road is always a good place to spot some wildlife - elk for sure and maybe bear or even moose. But even if the wildlife is hiding, it is a very scenic drive.

Thank Rich B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Get off the highway between Banff & lake Louise. Bears rom wild here and are often spotted along the roadside so drive carefullyand look out. We were fortunate to see 2 young Black bears feeding. Stay in you car and don't get out as they...More

Thank houndogoz
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great parkway... We saw bear and elk and the pace is so much more leisurely than taking the highway. The area is gorgeous.

Thank Sherry H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoy the 60km speed limit and take in the gorgeous roadside that stretches up to mountain forests and rocky snow covered peaks. We sighted some deer and am guessing there would have been more wildlife closer to dusk. A must do just to take in...More

Thank Mariana G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We drove along the Bow Valley Parkway several times and it is a beautiful, scenic drive. We saw a black bear here as well! Definitely take a drive along it to your destination.

Thank kelly b
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was worth taking the time to drive. Saw a couple of black bears on the route. Only would take this route if you have the time to spare and aren't in a hurry.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took this drive back and forth on at least 4 occasions over our long weekend visit. It is beautiful, and drive slow and keep your head on a swivel, let everyone pass you by... the rewards of a keen eye are worth it! We...More

1  Thank Kovalchuk
Reviewed 4 days ago

We made several trips up and down the Bow Valley Parkway and saw 7 bears in two days. The best time to see them is before 9 am and 2-3 hours before sunset. We saw 5 grizzly bears and 2 black bears.

Thank MacGTx
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was hoping to see more wild life - only saw a black bear, but seeing wildlife is hit or miss. Would definitely take the drive again.

Thank timhuset
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Are there any restrictions on Bow Valley Parkway for truck-campers? Width, height or length?
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
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