Bow Valley Parkway, Banff

4.6
#1 of 53 in Outdoors in Banff National Park
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. Arrange your visit to Bow Valley Parkway and discover more family-friendly attractions in Banff National Park using our Banff National Park trip itinerary builder.
Create an itinerary including Bow Valley Parkway

(Banff National Park is the nearest city to Bow Valley Parkway)

map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,750 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • August 15, 2017
    We drove through it three times. We loved it. We saw lots of deer. Stopped by the river, the meadows and hiked the small logging roads where the scenery is so serene. Top activity for Banff area.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We did this drive from Lake Louise into Banff. It was relatively quiet compared to the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to LL. Vistas were spectacular but apart from a couple of chipmunks, we didn't see ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We drove the Bow Valley Parkway on our trip around Lake Louise and Banff, and we couldn't stop saying "Wow!" every time a new mountain came into view. It seemed like each mountain wanted to look bette...  more »

Plan your trip to Banff National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Banff National Park

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Banff by other users

4 days in Banff BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Banff & Calgary BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, relaxing, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Banff BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Banff BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Banff & Lake Louise BY A USER FROM CANADA September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Canadian Rockies BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Banff, Jasper & Banff National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Banff, Jasper National Park & Banff National Park BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Banff & Lake Louise BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans