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This 48 km / 30 mi route between Banff and Lake Louise is more leisurely than the Trans-Canada Hwy. To protect wildlife, the speed limit is mostly 60 kph / 40 mph; watch for elk, sheep, deer and bears. From Banff go 5.5 km / 3.4 mi west on the Trans-Canada to the Bow Valley Parkway exit. Muleshoe Picnic Area, 11 km / 7 mi, features a wetlands bird habitat. At Johnston Canyon, 25 km / 15 mi, walk the easy 2.7 km / 1.7 mi interpretive trail along catwalks anchored to cliffs to two lovely waterfalls; a café is at the trailhead. Moose Meadows, 27 km / 17 mi, was once Silver City, a town with five mines, six hotels and 2000 residents from 1880 to 1887. No silver was found; the claim was ‘salted’ to attract investors. Down the road, Castle Mountain’s steep, crenelated cliffs were formed when older rock was thrust up and over younger rock. The parkway climbs to Castle Mountain Viewpoint, 36 km / 22 mi, with nice valley views. The Cabin Cafe patio, 52 km / 33 mi, is an inviting stop. Farther along, Morant’s Curve is a lookout with Bow River and railway views named for CP Railway photographer Nicholas Morant. The Bow Valley Parkway rejoins Hwy 1 near the village of Lake Louise.