It is a rainy day in Banff and we would like drive and see wildlife. Obviously, dusk is the best time and the highway being fenced off isn't ideal but what are some suggestions
Will you be able to see some wildlife during the day? Especially since it's rainy.
I mean, you might. There's definitely no guarantees.
Only if they decide to show themselves! Take a drive and see how lucky you are.
The wildlife typically take no notice of rain. But are more apt to move at dusk to feed.
I can't tell you how many times I've been in a park somewhere and said "Oh, look, there's a ....xxx" and the people around me saw nothing until I pointed at it. Seeing wildlife isn't about driving around and trying to improve your luck by being in more places, its about being truly present in the space you are in, paying attention to the ambient sounds and being curious enough to *look* when you hear something - a rustling, a crunch, a bird calling. They are out there, but very very good at being hidden to anyone who is waiting for the Hollywood version to appear.
If you have you time today. Go to Highway 40 in Kananaskis and drive it all the way to the end gate. It is only 2 hours return trip from Banff.
There are also usually a family of sheep up the Mount Norquay road, no guarantee...but I'd say I've seen them 50% of the time I've been up there. Elk are always in the area as well, you just need to keep your eyes peeled for them, especially around the Vermillion Lakes area and local airport.