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Bow Valley Parkway

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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"beautiful drive"
in 164 reviews
"between banff and lake louise"
in 90 reviews
"the main highway"
in 90 reviews
"speed limit"
in 79 reviews
"black bear"
in 107 reviews
"scenic route"
in 54 reviews
"black beans"
in 75 reviews
"eating berries"
in 18 reviews
"leisurely drive"
in 20 reviews
"pull outs"
in 18 reviews
"great alternative"
in 23 reviews
"the trans canada highway"
in 40 reviews
"pretty drive"
in 25 reviews
"take your time"
in 60 reviews
"pull over"
in 17 reviews
"slow drive"
in 17 reviews
"bow valley"
in 58 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This route is not for anybody in a hurry, just for people who want to see nature close up and enjoy a slow ride through it. In the summer, there are a lot of cyclists on the road, and it is very windy. In the...More

Thank BenLar137
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have done this drive many times summer and winter. Beautiful mountain and glacier vistas. Lakes river and streams abound as well. Be sure to pack a lunch and take your time. Go for short or longer hike if u can. Camping available if you like...More

Thank M2249UWdaves
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove this road to lake Louise in driving snow and enjoyed every minute. Incredible views at each turn of the road and hard to keep your eyes on the road. Certainly a road to take your time and enjoy the views.

Thank Larry C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great drive to take the slower way towards Lake Louise and enjoy wildlife along the way. Lots of opportunities to pull over and enjoy the surroundings.

Thank EricC883
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

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

1  Thank Ga B
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

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

Thank Rachel L
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

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

1  Thank Gina M
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

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
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JBRetired
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
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lemeister
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.
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kds51
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
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