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Address: , Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Fishing
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Spend at least 15 minutes here to admire the view. You will be amazed!

Less popular than the other more "famous" lakes in the area, but this place is so quiet and calm, with lots to see. The colour of the water was unbelievable. Do not miss this stop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Richmond Hill

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Less popular than the other more "famous" lakes in the area, but this place is so quiet and calm, with lots to see. The colour of the water was unbelievable. Do not miss this stop.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It's one of the gem of Banff. With emarald color water & Bow glacier at the back ground, its give picture perfact frames for photography. No hike required.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is one of the first must see stops on the Columbia Icefileds Parkway from Lake Louise towards Jasper. If you are going the other way, make sure you leave some daylight to catch the blue waters of Bow Lake. Not sure about Num Ti Jah Lodge so stuck to the parking next to the highway!

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Belmont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a great stop along the road between Lake Louise and Glacier Discovery center in Banff National Park. There is a small road off the main stopping point along the freeway that leads to a picnic area, with plenty of benches and access to the lake shore. We had a great time admiring the scenery and hiking along the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stumbled upon this lake while enroute to the Icefields and stopped by the Lodge. The staff greeted us pleasantly and chatted with us, even though we were not guests. They recommended the hike to the Falls for us, but we did not have enough time, as we had to get back to Banff and Canmore. We will be returning... More 

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HONG KONG
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Good photo stop for photographers and tourists. Nice lake with icey blue water. What a pity I just got there for a photo stop, should be fun having a pinic there.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This lake is a must see. We stopped here on our way from Banff to Jasper. It is close to the parking lot and it is very beautiful!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This hike starts off very easy with a stroll around the lake - it's absolutely breathtaking the view of the lake, and I cannot begin to describe how vibrant the color of the water is. The hike then ventures into the forest a little bit, then along the river, then up a large steep set of steps, then through a... More 

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Newark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Fun Experience! As we traveled toward Jasper, we tried to stop at many of the lakes and walk around, spending an hour or so. Each lake has its own uniqueness, so we recommend stopping. What was unique about Bow Lake is the intense cold wind that sweeps across the glacier and strikes you as you walk across the bridge near... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

No doubt all of the lakes in Banff are heavenly. This was our favorite as you can experience it a little less touristy. We parked in the far lot and discovered an unmarked path leading through the grass. If you follow this to the lake you can walk on a rocky beach that edges along bow lake. Finding a less... More 

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