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Bow Lake

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Fishing
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Fishing
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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
90 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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93 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Easy to hike around the lake, a little tougher to get back to the falls. Water is clear and beautiful.

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Victoria, Canada
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42 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The reflections off the still water were beautiful, very peaceful and gorgeous. The beautiful blues of the water were amazing. We liked it even better than the over crowded Lake Louise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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