Bow Valley Parkway

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Bow Valley Parkway
The section of Alberta Provincial Highway No. 1A that runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Lake Louise is known as the Bow Valley Parkway. Developed as a scenic drive by Parks Canada, the roadway has a series of marked pullouts along the way with interpretive signage giving points of interest context and meaning; highlights include Johnston Canyon, Moose Meadows, Castle Mountain Cliffs and Morant’s Curve. The 58km drive only takes an hour but stops along the way and a 70km/hr speed limit make it a great day trip from Banff. Avid cyclists can tackle the ride from Banff to Lake Louise in a day and while it is tempting to make a loop of it using the Trans-Canada, the latter is so busy it’s best to stay on the Parkway for both trips there and back.
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