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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Fishing, Watching sunrise/sunset

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Stunning in the Snow but Watch Dogs on the lake

We came here after two days of snow. It was stunningly beautiful and allowed our dog off the leash to enjoy the freedom in relative isolation as no one else was around. In trying... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Wollongong, Australia
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We came here after two days of snow. It was stunningly beautiful and allowed our dog off the leash to enjoy the freedom in relative isolation as no one else was around. In trying to retrieve him my daughter stepped into water which must have been the edge of the lake and covered by recent snow. It was a sunny... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Just along the icefields parkway. Good place to stop and take a couple of pictures. You can also have a picnic and take a stroll along the lake.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I was short on time, but Bow Lake was one of the places I got to see. I was the only one really around. Had to turn off the car and step outside. Really just an amazing place and a great view of the mountains and the overall park. Peaceful. Definitely a place to stop and take a few shots.

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Bow Lake is about a 30 minute drive from the Lake Louise turn-off on Highway 93. The lake is fed by the Bow Glacier, and the minerals in the lake are what give it its colour. Due to its proximity to the Icefields Parkway it’s a good place for a picnic and short hikes, or just to stop for a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Make sure you drive out of the highway toward the Num Ti-Jah resort and then you can walk a short distance to the lake. We went there twice on the same trip. One in the early morning when it rained and another day late morning with bright sunlight. We think it's more beautiful in the early morning hours, just after... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This beautiful lake with stunning reflections off the glacial coloured water is right beside the Icefields Parkway road so you can just pull off the road and jump out for a look and a photo or three and be back on the road for more sightseeing on this most stunning road within minutes. Of course if you've got time available... More 

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

There is a very long pull in section as the lake runs parallel to the Icefields Parkway but make the effort to get out and enjoy a little of this natural beauty. There is also a road that off shoots to the Num Ti-Jah resort and there are paths that go from the roadside parking to the resort car park.... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This lake is right along the edge of the parkway and one of the most beautiful sights! Stop and enjoy it!

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Wayne, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If you're driving the Icefield parkway, it's worth pulling over for a few minutes to admire this lake. It is absolutely stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Having been through both Jasper and Banff I though that this lake provided the best lake viewing. Definitely worth stopping for so don't skip this one!

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