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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff

(4.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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 using our Banff trip itinerary builder.
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  • It's a very scenic route through the park. Give yourself plenty of time, it's very slow going. Keep your eyes open for critters and people who don't really THINK before the park. 
  • A much more interesting and scenic drive between Banff and Lake Louise then the highway. An opportunity to enjoy a slow drive through beautiful forest, with gorgeous views, and the possibility of spot...  more »
  • 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 summ...  more »