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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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Ottawa, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

There is a little lodge here that is literally booked almost a year in advance and I can totally see why. Bow lake was incredibly beautiful, especially with the blue skies and sunshine we had the day we visited. I even took 10 minutes to just lay on the rock beach and soak in the sights and sounds the lake... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When we arrived at Bow Lake, there were hardly any people around. There were lots of trails and little bridges to moodle around on, plus we enjoyed the gift shop too. Lots of interesting stuff.

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Merthyr Tydfil
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291 reviews 291 reviews
226 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had the chance for a photo opportunity whilst on a bus tour. Very pretty lake still frozen, lovely scenery and well worth a stop.

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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stopped for a quick photo opportunity whilst driving up to the Columbia ice field. We're glad we did as the views were amazing. Some of the lake was still frozen even in June which added to the dramatic view. Worth a quick stop on the roadside!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Not bad and worth a stop we went down to the lake side . Just a standard lake was half frozen for us. May be better when thawed

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Sachse, Texas
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183 reviews 183 reviews
135 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It was beautiful even through it was frozen in May. It was cloudy and rained. We waited until the sun comes out. The views were amazing.

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158 reviews 158 reviews
90 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Twenty years ago, this lake just beside the Icefields Parkway made the biggest impression of all. Last autumn seeing it again, I felt the same.The little beach, the tundra - like terrain, the sweep of the mountains, the aquamarine water.....more open than the other lakes with wider vistas.And the wonderful old Lodge.Bought a book on it, showing how artists have... More

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Of the first large lakes and provides some great views. The hike to Bow Glacier is short and worthwhile but this lake tends to take a back seat to Petyo Lake with is just up the Mountian near Bow Summit. Worth a stop if you have the time.

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Montreal, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Clear blue water surrounded by mountains make this place one of my favorite landscape. You can walk around the lake easily, but if you want to go on a hike, be prepared. The Bow Hut Alpine Route is a bit boring at the beginning. But the view you get in the end is worth it.

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Bauru, Brazil
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This place is just awesome, water has a amazing color and the view is wonderful. To finish, I swam in this cold water (around 4 degrees). Really cold but worth!

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