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Bow Valley Parkway

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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.

Thank Ian K
Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I drove the Bow Valley Parkway right after they had received about 3 inches of snow and it was magical. The parkway isn’t open all the way to Lake Louise in winter, but there is still a substantial amount of the roadway that is open....More

Thank Will M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Bow Valley Parkway is fantastic. We drove it to get to Johnston Canyon. It provides great views of the mountains and an off-the-interstate scenic drive.

Thank Kelley H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take this rather than the TransCanada when you can. We drove it between Banff and Lake Louise, but only about halfway because the other half was closed. While the Transcanada highway is scenic in this area, the Boww Valley Pkwy is more fun and scenic...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The water views were beautiful the color of the water was ice blue. Nice drive through the mountains and park. A lot of campers though I guess that is what this area is for.

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were advised to take the Bow Valley Parkway route when driving to Lake Louise as it is the route where you are most likely to see black bears. We set off and kept our eyes peeled. Half way into this rather long road cars...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best way to see Canmore/Banff area is definitely to take the Bow Valley Parkway. The views are amazing and you will be stopping every 10 minutes for pictures.

Thank James V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are up to a nice scenic drive, I suggest to Drive through the Bow Valley parkway. You will see Deer, Elk and maybe a Black or Grizzly Bear if you are lucky. It will be more driving time to Lake Louisebut definitely worth...More

Thank Neil K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was suggested that we take this parkway between Lake Louise and Banff and we are so glad we did. It is even more picturesque than the main highway, plenty of places to stop and look out at mountains and valleys and rivers - it...More

1  Thank Maggie_May305
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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
Andy M
27 May 2017|
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Response from tonyfishercymru | Reviewed this property |
Bears can be seen most places along this route,October maybe a little lateen the season though. Even so, this is still a beautiful drive.