There are three campgrounds on the Bow Valley Parkway; the Johnson Canyon campground, the Castle Mountain Campground and the Protection Mountain Campground. Note: the Johnson Canyon Campground is closed this year for renovations. The very popular Johnson Canyon hiking trail is, however, open and is a busy as ever. Again, an early morning arrival might get you a spot in the parking lot. From what I’ve seen, if you need to park along the roadway the walk to the trail head is a major hike in itself.
There are numerous scenic/picnic areas and informational pullouts along the parkway. One of my favorite geological features in the mountains are the Castle Cliffs. There is a pullout just west of Castle Junction where you can get a great shot of this impressive mountain. Other stops include the Castle Mountain Interment Camp Monument (the monument commemorates immigrant prisoners of Ukrainian, Austrian, Hungarian and German descent that were held in the area during World War I), the Storm Mountain scenic pullout and picnic area and the famous Morant’s Curve. You’ve probably seen at least one incredible photograph of the CP train shot from this location as it winds its way along the Bow River. I have met visitors from all over the world at this spot as they wait, with cameras ready and sometimes for hours, for a train to pass.
There are many other features along the Bow Valley Parkway that make it the preferred route between Banff and Lake Louise.
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