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Bow Lake

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Fishing
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Excellent view of the lake right from the road. Not much else to do there that I saw, but worth stoping along the ice field parkway for a few photos.

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Nelson, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Pull off the Parkway, just off the Parkway and enter a large parking lot. Park here and walk the rest of the road (very short distance) as the small parking area past the main parking lot is for guests of the lovely little inn on the lake. The view of Bow Lake is stunning especially with Bow Glacier glimmering in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Incredible colour in the lake, beautiful mountain backdrop. Also right by the side of the road, theres a fairly big car park as well. Highly recommend having a picnic here on the grass, can get some super photos! A MUST stop on the Icefields Parkway..the most beautiful scenic drive you're ever likely to do in your life!

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Lincolnshire
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99 reviews 99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is literally on the side of the road, make sure you pull over and take a look, you can see the glacier and the lake is absolutely gorgeous

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love this lake, actually I have been the lake twice this year, one was in the early July, the trail to the falls was washed out. But Aug 29, 2014, we did went to the fall. The lake is exellent and the falls was great. Nice hiking along the river. This is one of the best trail i did... More

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Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This lake is definitely the most beautiful and underrated lake in Banff. We hadn't even heard of it prior to coming to the park, but passed it while driving Columbia Icefields Parkway. Easy access, right next to the road, with a ten foot optional walk right down to the water. It's not as crowded as the other popular lakes, which... More

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London, ON
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was an unplanned excursion, while driving the Columbia Ice fields Parkway catching a brief glimpse of it with plans to return. What was cool about it was the fact that in the first week of June it was still full of ice which is one reason why we stopped. It is a beautiful area surrounded by glaciers, and mountains... More

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Farmington, UT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We are still trying to define the color of this lake, was it aquamarine, turquoise, celadon, chalky aqua? Whatever the color, don't miss stopping by this one, it is close to the road and easy to get to. Great photo ops here.

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North Bay, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I had never heard of this lake until I did some research. I stated in a previous review that this is better than Peyto Lake (close to one another). It is right along the side of the road so you don't need to hike there. You just pull over, jump out and enjoy. There weren't many people here either compared... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you like mountains, trees and turquoise water, What more could you want? Water is cold, but nice on a very hot day in the mountains.

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