Bow Pass

Bow Pass, the highest road in Canada’s national parks

Bow Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.088m (6,850ft) above the sea level, located in the Canadian province of Alberta. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Located in the Waputik Range, part of the Canadian Rockies, the road to the summit is the paved Icefields Parkway (also known as Highway 93 north), the highest road in Canada’s national parks. It was completed in 1940. The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. The parkway is busy in July and August with up to 100,000 vehicles a month. A minor paved road, west of the pass, climbs up to Bow Summit and Peyto Lake.

Located within the Banff National Park, the weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. Snow can be expected at any time of year and extreme weather is common in winter. The drive is very scenic and the views cannot be captures in photos. It’s an impressive example of road engineering, producing better and better scenery as you climb higher. The pass is the highest point on the road.

 

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