Bow Lake, Banff National Park

Hike into the mountains to the picturesque Bow Lake and appreciate memorable views of the Canadian Rockies. Head to the lake early in the day to see the mountain tops in the distance casting a reflection on the water. Hike around the water on the lakeside trail for more views of the mountains and the Bow River, and keep your eyes peeled for Bow's Glacier. Remember to take your own water and snacks, as refreshments are hard to come by in the area. Plan to visit Bow Lake and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Banff National Park attractions using our Banff National Park trip builder site .
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  • October 2, 2017
    It's a beautiful lake, but there are other attractions which deserve more time on the Icefields Parkway (e.g., Peyto Lake and Columbia Icefield),  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We stopped along a pull-off on the highway and was well worth a few minutes of our time to stretch our legs and take in the scenery. Also a great photo spot. It's right on the highway so you can't mis...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    This lake is a stop on the Icefield Parkway. It was snowing the day we drove from jasper to Lake Louise. There was the odd flurry while we were looking at the lake and it was very cold. Even so, it wa...  more »

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