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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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All reviews num ti jah lodge icefields parkway red roof worth a stop nice stop easy stop picnic area blue color off the highway stretch your legs short stop gift shop favorite stops surrounding mountains the ice fields parkway parking area parking lot
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow just when you think this place cant get any more stunning you find this lake. From the colour of the water to the stunning mountain backdrop its just a beautiful place to visit. Don't forget your camera its a photographers dream.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank tootrue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bow Lake, right along Rte 1, is a very pretty and easy viewpoint, and we also drove down to the picnic/beach area. The lake has beautiful hues of blue and green water, as well as magical mountain reflections in the water (at least in the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mary L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bow Lake is easy access off the Ice Fields Parkway main road. An easy walk down to the lake edge from the carpark. A wonderful view looking up the lake to mountains, a large glacier and waterfall. Keep an eye out for wildlife saw and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dave N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful lake to stop at and take a walk around while driving the Ice Field Parkway. There is a lovely historic lodge at this location along with an interesting trading post/gift shop. There are public bathrooms to use along with plenty of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like all the stops on the Icefields Parkway this place is amazing. You will see a fantatic blue like surrounded by glaciers. A must see stop when in the Rockies.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank welshtraveller51
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The blue color of the lakes in this region is gorgeous and is caused by glacier melting, carrying some sediment that reflects blue-green light. The parking lot has potholes and tends to fill so many cars parked along the access road. A waterfalls is seen...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank loves2travelandmore
Reviewed September 9, 2019

Awesome stop to stretch your legs along the Icefields Parkway! You can drive all the way to the end close to the lake or park and walk it. Shallow area for skipping rocks and toddler play.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank queenieduong
Reviewed September 5, 2019

Visited Bow Lake in August 2019 during a family vacation. This is one of the few places where we found peace and quiet during our stay in the Banff area. Bow Lake is located about 95 km from the town of Banff so its definitely...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank kyong29
Reviewed September 3, 2019

This lake was another beautiful lake, it's close to the road so you don't have to go too far out of your way. It is certainly worth a stop and do take time for the short hike.

Date of experience: July 2019
Reviewed August 26, 2019 via mobile

Bow lake is just next to the road, so you can just have a quick pit stop and it’s worth it! Hopefully you’ll have a sunny day and the water will reflect the blue of the sky.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from iancorby | Reviewed this property |
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Response from tzraik | Reviewed this property |
Directly on Icefields Parkway there is a stop with small parking area overlooking Bow Lake. Shortly thereafter on left hand coming from Banff is a road to Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge with Bow Lake Car lot on it. There are... More
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Response from 207elil | Reviewed this property |
Not at all, Bow lake is located along the Icefields Parkway...actually in the main road you'll find a view point! Great stop, walking distance, hassle free :)