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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

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A different way back

We had taken the main highway to Lake Louise and decided as we had time to go a different way back which was via the Bow Valley Parkway. We only saw a couple of deer so would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Karalee, Australia
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Karalee, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had taken the main highway to Lake Louise and decided as we had time to go a different way back which was via the Bow Valley Parkway. We only saw a couple of deer so would like to do it in the summer when the chances of seeing good wildlife increase exponentially.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In November, it is more of an iceroad. Combine this with the low speedlimit and the high traffic during busier tourist seasons means that this is not a road for driving enthusiasts. But to drive this road quickly is to entirely miss the point. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world. The scale and... More 

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Lancashire England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We travelled the parkway on the day of the first snows back in October so the road was very quiet and we didn't see much traffic at all. Unfortunately we saw no wildlife either. After leaving Banff we didn't see any mountain tops and the cloud was very low. I image it is very beautiful when the weather is good.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are two ways to drive between Banff and Lake Louise (and, perhaps, points slightly beyond) - you can take the highway, which is no slouch itself, and would be rather impressive in most circles, at least when talking about highways. It is certainly scenic, with views of mountains and trees and such, at least as long as the skies... More 

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Itai, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

expect to see animals here. I saw a moose eating calmly near the road. really lovely places surrounding this. I´ve been there in 2007

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spotted our first bear in the wild here! I've driven it a number of times now, never disappoints. Biking it is also popular. Don't know how busy it is in peak season..

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice alternative to the main highway. Because of the snow and the cold, we stayed in the car. We were delighted to see elk, two wolves and deer. Absolutely loved it.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are from Australia and were dying to see a bear in real life...but from the safety of our car. We saw many reviews that this was the place to go. Unfortunately we didn't see any bears but we saw a lot of animals such as deer and elk, plus it was a lovely drive. Just be safe as it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice slow paced rive through some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Instead of taking the Icefields Parkway take this scenic drive and enjoy the leisure of this little journey. There are lots of places to pull over and snap a picture or take a short hike.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our accommodation was on Bow Valley Parkway so we used this road constantly travelling to and from Banff and Lake Louise. It is stunning. I will never get sick of the beautiful scenery and highly recommend you take the time out to travel along it rather than the Trans-Canada Highway if you have the time.

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