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Bow Lake, Banff National Park

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#10 of 23 in Nature in Banff National Park
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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. Use our Banff National Park trip builder to visit Bow Lake on your trip to Banff National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen - I didn't want to leave!! If I wasn't with a tour group I would have taken the time to go on a short walk to relax & contemplate life. It is pea...  more »
  • Imagine the perfect view. Here it is! Snow peeked mountains, glaciers, magnificent lake of iridescent blue glass. You only need to turn the steering wheel slightly & pull over. You can walk down to th...  more »
  • This is a gorgeous sight - the water is pretty, the mountains and the whole natural setting is wonderful to see. It seemed less crowded and more relaxing than other sights.  more »

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