A Year Round Scenic Heritage Experience You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

The seasonal travel restriction has ended on one of Banff National Park’s treasured gems. The annual restriction on the parkway helps protect wildlife from disturbance during the critical times when animals are actively looking for food and bearing their young after the long winter.Bow_Valley_Parkway

This spectacular scenic heritage route provides opportunities to visitors of all ages, abilities, and comfort levels to enjoy diverse and safe outdoor experiences in the wilderness of Banff National Park. Whether interest lies in exploring canyons and trails, delving into history, or indulging in fine dining, the Bow Valley Parkway has it all.
The original two-lane road between Banff and Lake Louise, offers outstanding views of the Sawback Range, Castle Mountain, and Mount Temple, and accesses exceptional recreational opportunities like picnicking, hiking, canoeing, and camping.
The best way to experience the parkway is to cycle it or take a leisurely drive: the speed limit is 60 km per hour. Roadside pull-offs with interpretive panels and self-guiding trails add to the experience with stories about the history and natural features of the area. Rustic campgrounds, a hostel, and unique cottage accommodations offer peaceful overnight stays. The eastern section of the parkway traverses a small, but important area of the park for species like grizzly bears and wolves – perhaps an opportunity to spot some along the drive.
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