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Bow Lake, Banff National Park

(4.9/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We went to Bow Lake in January 2017 on a freezing -35 day. We could only jump out of the bus briefly to take photos but it was well worth it. Stunning place. It would be beautiful at any time of the y...  more »
  • Bow Lake is right off the Columbia Icefield Parkway. It has one lodge you can stay at if you want, but most people park the car and go visit for a while. The best thing about the lake is that you're g...  more »
  • Lesser only by comparison to the embarrassment of even more spectacular lakes in Banff National Park. Bow Lake would be at the top of the list for most nations. It was fun to see the lake at last, hav...  more »