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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  • Beautiful Turquoise Lake halfway between Jasper and Banff. Depending on the time of year can be frozen. I visited in the spring in may/2017 and was frozen, but still very nice.
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  • Is a very beautiful Lake, like most of the region. Was one of the first that I saw so I was amazed at the beauty. Worth the stop. But the Lakes, like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are more beautiful.
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  • This place is beautiful. Take some time to explore behind the log cabin lodge with the red roof. The steam back there is beautiful for photography. I often take my photography guest there.  more »
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  • Breath taking sceneries. Not as busy as Lake Louise, great alternative without compromising the beauty of nature.
  • Stunning view.. One of my favorite... It will take your breath away.. we went there today and it was really calm. Next time we go there we are going to kayak...
  • Walking around Bow Lake was honestly one of my favorite experiences while in the Banff area. I originally stopped at the turnout on the Icefields Pkwy, but then continued on to the Bow Glacier Falls trailhead parking lot. The views of the lake and surrounding scenery while looking towards the falls were extraordinary. Take the time to explore the area around the lake as much as possible, you will not be disappointed.
  • Good view of bow glacier and bow glacier fall. Convenient to stop by when you drive through ice field parkway
  • One of the most beautiful lakes on the Icefield Parkway. The water is of the purest blue and the lodge coffee shop and nearby beach are a perfect place for a long resting stop.

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