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Bow Valley Parkway Mandatory Seasonal Travel Restriction

 Bow Valley Parkway
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Image: Andrew Johnson 

The Bow Valley Parkway, a 48-kilometre, scenic, secondary highway paralleling the Trans-Canada Highway between the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise, is a naturally and historically rich area of Banff National Park, and a year-round scenic heritage experience. Its eastern portion travels through a small but vital part of the park, called the montane, that provides critical habitat for large carnivores, including wolves, cougars and bears.

Starting March 1, 2015, Parks Canada will begin a mandatory seasonal overnight travel restriction on the Bow Valley Parkway. To ensure the area remains a high quality home for wildlife, from March 1st to June 25th, travel by vehicle, bicycle, or foot is not permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on the 17 kilometre section of the parkway between the Trans-Canada Highway/Bow Valley Parkway interchange and Johnston Canyon Campground.

All businesses and commercial accommodations remain open during this mandatory travel restriction and are easily accessible by driving the Trans-Canada Highway and exiting at Castle Junction.

Protecting wildlife is the foundation of a great visitor experience and sustainable future for Banff National Park. This mandatory travel restriction will allow sensitive wildlife to move unimpeded across the landscape, use high-quality habitat, and engage in normal behaviour. It is part of a larger action plan to ensure the ecologically and culturally rich Bow Valley Parkway area continues as a world-class setting for visitors to learn about and experience the park, and as a safe and secure environment for wildlife.