Bow Lake
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  • gsgman777
    Columbia, Illinois704 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Icy Awesome - right off the road
    Along the Icefields Parkway drive from Banff to Jasper is this beautiful lake. You can stop right off the road and take it all in. We were there towards the end of May and there was still a lot of ice all over in the lake.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • SimonHutchins
    Reading, United Kingdom200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best lake for photographs in the Candian Rockies
    This was an unexpected highlight. I'd never heard of this lake until we were passing the viewpoint on the way to Jasper. Quite simply, this provided the best photographs of any lake visited. And that includes Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Stunning views an reflections - make sure to stop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom1,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you can, visit on different days at different times with different weather - the view will be different
    Located by the side of the road, this is a large lake which attracts a lot of people. Parking is easy to find as traffic movement is high and frequent. We visited the lake twice – the first visit was on route back from Peyto Lake to Lake Louise at around 11.45am. The weather was sun and cloud. The lake was a lovely turquoise-blue colour. Our second visit was travelling from Lake Louise to Jasper at 9.15am. The weather was full sun and the lake was mirror. If you can visit the lake at different times of the day, you will be greeted with completely different views.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,978 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and worth a stop
    We were on a tour bus that stopped in the parking lot near Bow Lake. We got out and walked a short distance to the lake. It was, of course, beautiful. There is a bright red roofed building near the lake side, which was quite pretty as well – especially surrounded by all the greenery and the amazing views.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Rated poor only because you will see many more scenic or interesting (from a geologic or glacial perspective) sights along the road. Right along the Ice Parkway so easy to see, and the trail from the parking lot is very short. Nothing particularly noteworthy. Restrooms, gift shop and snacks if you want to schedule a break.
Written November 13, 2023
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SimonOnVacation
Toronto, Canada348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautiful scenery and majestic mountains!
The wonderful colour reflected off the sun was beautiful. Come early, tour buses and crowded sometimes.
There's a roadside view that you can pull over and take it all in!
Written October 7, 2023
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Vincent C
464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It is quite a nice lake actually but the sun and weather had to be cooperative to get a wonderful picture.

But the shoreline is a great walk and very beautiful. Can get very busy on a nice day.
Written September 11, 2023
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were on a tour bus that stopped in the parking lot near Bow Lake. We got out and walked a short distance to the lake. It was, of course, beautiful. There is a bright red roofed building near the lake side, which was quite pretty as well – especially surrounded by all the greenery and the amazing views.
Written September 10, 2023
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK3,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Having spent a few nights next to the Bow River it was only right we visited the Bow Lake too on the Icefield Parkway it has like many lakes in the area a wonderful bright blue colour, it is easily accessible from a roadside pull in on the Icefield Parkway.
Written August 19, 2023
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Izak R
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Amazing place to visit the lake is grand and the mountains are beautiful. We also visited emerald lake and lake Louise but Bow lake was much better then other popular lakes in Alberta!
Written August 16, 2023
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Jobylake
Ottery St. Mary, UK1,166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Located by the side of the road, this is a large lake which attracts a lot of people. Parking is easy to find as traffic movement is high and frequent.

We visited the lake twice – the first visit was on route back from Peyto Lake to Lake Louise at around 11.45am. The weather was sun and cloud. The lake was a lovely turquoise-blue colour.

Our second visit was travelling from Lake Louise to Jasper at 9.15am. The weather was full sun and the lake was mirror.

If you can visit the lake at different times of the day, you will be greeted with completely different views.
Written August 9, 2023
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708Robin
West Sussex, UK1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Great for a quick stop on the way from Calgary to Jasper, just pull up on the Icefields Parkway and take in the beautiful view. The water is so blue on a sunny day.
Written July 27, 2023
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SimonHutchins
Reading, UK200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This was an unexpected highlight. I'd never heard of this lake until we were passing the viewpoint on the way to Jasper. Quite simply, this provided the best photographs of any lake visited. And that includes Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Stunning views an reflections - make sure to stop.
Written July 26, 2023
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Kunio Takaki
Ottawa, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This lake is just off the highway and it will take half an hour to a couple of hour, depend on how far you want to walk. It was beautiful relatively easy walk. Path is alongside of the lake and lead up to glacier incoming stream. I had only 3/4 of hour, so I could not walk to the glacier stream, but nevertheless it was beautiful very pleasant walk. Highly recommended. 👍💖
Written June 27, 2023
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