Bow Pass is 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.

Bow Pass

How long is Bow Pass in Alberta?

The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Icefields Parkway (also known as Highway 93 north), the highest road in Canada’s national parks. The pass is 75.8 km (47.09 miles) long, running south-north from Lake Louise to Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Is Bow Pass in Alberta open?

Set high in the Waputik Range, part of the Canadian Rockies, the pass is the highest point on the road. It is typically open all year round but snow can be expected at any time of year and extreme weather is common in winter. A minor paved road, west of the pass, climbs up to Bow Summit and Peyto Lake.

Is Bow Pass in Alberta worth it?

Located within the Banff National Park, on the western part of Alberta, 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 road was completed in 1940. It 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.