Bow Valley Parkway

The Bow Valley Parkway was the original road that passed through the Canadian Rockies prior to the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway, also known as Highway 1. While the speed limit it slower here (you are more likely to come across wildlife attempting to cross the road) it is a beutiful detour and can actually be quicker if traffic is backed up on Highway 1 during an accident or a long weekend rush. One of the most beautiful features of the Bow Valley Parkway is Johnstons Canyon; a narrow canyon cut through 350 million year old limestone. Their are two trails here, each ending at a waterfall. The Lower Falls is a 1 hour long round trip that runs 1.1 km one-way. The Upper Fall hike is a two hour long round trip that runs 2.7 km one-way.

Photos from Parks Canada

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