Bow Valley Parkway, Banff

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Drive on Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic section of the Trans-Canada Highway that takes travelers from Lake Louise to Banff. Cycle or drive on the narrow, winding path, and you might spot coyotes, elks, wolves, grizzlies, and bighorn sheep. Numerous viewpoints and interpretive spots offer picturesque vistas of the wildlife-rich Bow Valley, rocky cliffs, and evergreen forests. This road provides access to many hiking trails and scenic spots, such as Johnston Canyon and Moraine Lake. To visit Bow Valley Parkway and get the most from your holiday in Banff National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Banff National Park trip builder app .
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  • Incredible - people just pull over when they spy a bear and stop and watch. Note that parkway is washed out closer to Lake Louise and you don't know where you're supposed to get off until you've hit t...  more »
  • We have only the stretch between Banff and Castle Junction. Hence to Lake Louise was closed. Alternative to Highway 1. We have no wild. The road winds mainly by forest, which gives you on the highway more views.
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  • Oldest road and serpeginosa that ships with the Trans-Canada Highway. It passes between the pines and not about that separates the track from the forest, which provides contact with wildlife, if you're lucky. The highlight is the Johnston Canyon, with a wonderful track, which is a must. The view from the Trans-Canada Highway, however, is more beautiful because if you view the mountains on both sides of the track, as well as the beautiful Bow River presents the traveler for most of the route.
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