Bow Lake, Banff National Park

#8 of 29 in Nature in Banff National Park
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / 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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  • If you’re in the Lake Louise area or driving through to Jasper, you have to make some time to stop here. It’s a big beautiful lake surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers and it’s just...  more »
  • Nice view right by the Ice field hwy between Jasper and Banff . Is closer to banff. The lake is not settled most of the time. However we stroked luck. The reflections are breath taking. This photo I.....  more »
  • Beautiful lake my skin felt amazing after a good long swim just plan to be cold
  • This Icefield Parkway is literally the best drive in Canada and this Bow lake is just awesome with one of the best panoramic views.
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