Bow Valley Parkway
Bow Valley Parkway
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  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A better route to/from Jasper.
    If you are planning to go to/from Jasper, please use this road instead of the main road. It's quieter with some stunning scenery and if you are lucky, some local wildlife. It is a far better route than the main trans Canada road. The only issue for us, is that the beginning of the road just iutside Banff did not open until later in June, shame.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Journey4two
    180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Scenary!
    My wife and I rented an e-bike in Banff and rode the Bow Valley Parkway, which was closed to vehicular traffic for the summer. We began our ride at 8 am and practically had the Parkway to ourselves. We saw deer, mountain goats and a bear, which made it memorable. The e-bikes made the 30+ mile ride a breeze (especially during the uphill portions), and it gave us a chance to casually observe the scenic ride. It is truly one of the most beautiful rides in the world! When the road splits, just stay on the right (as the sign indicates) and you'll get to enjoy both sides of the majestic beauty throughout the ride. After exploring the Johnston Canyon, we had lunch at the cafe, which had great food. (Johnson Canyon is just past the end of the closed portion of the Parkway.) This was an awesome experience, so be sure to do it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • AnnBlaine
    Lexington, South Carolina5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the drive
    Very peaceful drive from Johnston Canyon up to Lake Louise/Icefield Parkway entrance. Some scenic overlooks. Nothing compared to the Icefield Parkway, but definitely worth doing, especially since the Trans Canada highway was doing road construction. Unfortunately when we were there, they had the lower part of the parkway closed to vehicle traffic.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is not turn on the road and I did get to see a big-horn sheep.
    I took this road as a more local route throughout some of the attractions in Banff National Park. Johnston Canyon was off of this route, for example. This roadway has a lower speed limit than Highway-1, and it was only one (1) lane in both directions. This road does have some sharp turns and curves. I saw a big-horn sheep, and that was a very cool encounter.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Drive
    We drove along here a few times. Heading to explore Banff from Castle Junction. Then we also stopped to see Silverton Falls .. park by Rock Bound Lake hike. Also went to Johnston Canyon. A must see.. do the full 1 1/2 miles if you can. We did not see any wildlife, but the views were great !!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Martin C
    Thornhill, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful quiet drive
    In November, this was a mostly deserted drive through trees and lakes and mountains. It's not fast and it's not crowded, which was perfect for our purposes. If you have the time, this is a much more relaxed and scenic way to go between Banff and Lake Louise.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 November 2023
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Michelle N
Melbourne, Australia489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Absolutely stunning drive between Banff and Lake Louise. The views are simply breathtaking. One of my favourite places in the world
Written 2 April 2024
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Martin C
Thornhill, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
In November, this was a mostly deserted drive through trees and lakes and mountains. It's not fast and it's not crowded, which was perfect for our purposes. If you have the time, this is a much more relaxed and scenic way to go between Banff and Lake Louise.
Written 29 November 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
This road is pretty nice. There are great views. It doesn’t take a lot of extra time as it runs parallel to the highway. And I saw a bear. Pretty nice.
Written 8 October 2023
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Ryan O
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautiful scenery but not much wildlife. Long slow drive up the parkway was relaxing but a but boring compared to previous reviews
Written 3 September 2023
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Chantel C
Edmonton, Canada124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Absolutely beautiful. The hike to the falls at the lake was gorgeous. We got rained on the in, but it was so worth not turning around.
Written 16 August 2023
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Christina B
Louisiana6,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We drove along here a few times. Heading to explore Banff from Castle Junction. Then we also stopped to see Silverton Falls .. park by Rock Bound Lake hike. Also went to Johnston Canyon. A must see.. do the full 1 1/2 miles if you can. We did not see any wildlife, but the views were great !!
Written 24 July 2023
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TennisStar602
New Jersey656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I took this road as a more local route throughout some of the attractions in Banff National Park. Johnston Canyon was off of this route, for example. This roadway has a lower speed limit than Highway-1, and it was only one (1) lane in both directions. This road does have some sharp turns and curves. I saw a big-horn sheep, and that was a very cool encounter.
Written 13 July 2023
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AnnBlaine
Lexington, SC5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Very peaceful drive from Johnston Canyon up to Lake Louise/Icefield Parkway entrance. Some scenic overlooks. Nothing compared to the Icefield Parkway, but definitely worth doing, especially since the Trans Canada highway was doing road construction. Unfortunately when we were there, they had the lower part of the parkway closed to vehicle traffic.
Written 7 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Journey4two
180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My wife and I rented an e-bike in Banff and rode the Bow Valley Parkway, which was closed to vehicular traffic for the summer. We began our ride at 8 am and practically had the Parkway to ourselves. We saw deer, mountain goats and a bear, which made it memorable. The e-bikes made the 30+ mile ride a breeze (especially during the uphill portions), and it gave us a chance to casually observe the scenic ride. It is truly one of the most beautiful rides in the world! When the road splits, just stay on the right (as the sign indicates) and you'll get to enjoy both sides of the majestic beauty throughout the ride. After exploring the Johnston Canyon, we had lunch at the cafe, which had great food. (Johnson Canyon is just past the end of the closed portion of the Parkway.) This was an awesome experience, so be sure to do it!
Written 26 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MPP2703
Caythorpe, UK1,831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
If you are planning to go to/from Jasper, please use this road instead of the main road. It's quieter with some stunning scenery and if you are lucky, some local wildlife. It is a far better route than the main trans Canada road. The only issue for us, is that the beginning of the road just iutside Banff did not open until later in June, shame.
Written 17 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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