Bow Valley Parkway, Banff

4.5
#1 of 15 in Wildlife 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. 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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  • We travelled on the Bow Valley Parkway which runs between Banff and Lake Louise several times during our stay. Although this is supposed to be the place to spot wildlife on this trip we were unlucky.....  more »
  • My partner and I did this drive and it was gorgeous. We drive from Canmore to Chateau Lake Louise. Once at the hotel we parked and walked around the front of the lake and checked out the shops in the....  more »

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