Bow Lake
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  • gsgman777
    Columbia, Illinois717 contributions
    Icy Awesome - right off the road
    Along the Icefields Parkway drive from Banff to Jasper is this beautiful lake. You can stop right off the road and take it all in. We were there towards the end of May and there was still a lot of ice all over in the lake.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • SimonHutchins
    Reading, United Kingdom197 contributions
    The best lake for photographs in the Candian Rockies
    This was an unexpected highlight. I'd never heard of this lake until we were passing the viewpoint on the way to Jasper. Quite simply, this provided the best photographs of any lake visited. And that includes Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Stunning views an reflections - make sure to stop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom937 contributions
    If you can, visit on different days at different times with different weather - the view will be different
    Located by the side of the road, this is a large lake which attracts a lot of people. Parking is easy to find as traffic movement is high and frequent. We visited the lake twice – the first visit was on route back from Peyto Lake to Lake Louise at around 11.45am. The weather was sun and cloud. The lake was a lovely turquoise-blue colour. Our second visit was travelling from Lake Louise to Jasper at 9.15am. The weather was full sun and the lake was mirror. If you can visit the lake at different times of the day, you will be greeted with completely different views.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California2,007 contributions
    Beautiful and worth a stop
    We were on a tour bus that stopped in the parking lot near Bow Lake. We got out and walked a short distance to the lake. It was, of course, beautiful. There is a bright red roofed building near the lake side, which was quite pretty as well – especially surrounded by all the greenery and the amazing views.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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Jobylake
Ottery St. Mary, UK937 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Located by the side of the road, this is a large lake which attracts a lot of people. Parking is easy to find as traffic movement is high and frequent.

We visited the lake twice – the first visit was on route back from Peyto Lake to Lake Louise at around 11.45am. The weather was sun and cloud. The lake was a lovely turquoise-blue colour.

Our second visit was travelling from Lake Louise to Jasper at 9.15am. The weather was full sun and the lake was mirror.

If you can visit the lake at different times of the day, you will be greeted with completely different views.
Written August 9, 2023
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Genevieve A
7 contributions
Jul 2021
Stopped at Bow Lake today and parked near Num-ti-jah Lodge. First of all, we don't understand why the lodge is closed until next year. The website attributes the closure to the COVID-19 pandemic, but all restrictions have been lifted in Alberta. Beyond that, it was very crowded all along the north end of the lake. It seemed like most people were obsessed with taking selfies. What's up with that?
Written July 31, 2021
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marcus825
Mullica Hill, NJ16 contributions
Sep 2022
After all the hype regarding Lake Louise and Moraine, we found Bow Lake, along the Icefields Parkway, to be just as beautiful. We were able to walk along the pathway there and enjoy the sights. It was very busy when we went back on the weekend.
Written September 10, 2022
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gsgman777
Columbia, IL717 contributions
May 2023
Along the Icefields Parkway drive from Banff to Jasper is this beautiful lake. You can stop right off the road and take it all in. We were there towards the end of May and there was still a lot of ice all over in the lake.
Written June 6, 2023
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,007 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were on a tour bus that stopped in the parking lot near Bow Lake. We got out and walked a short distance to the lake. It was, of course, beautiful. There is a bright red roofed building near the lake side, which was quite pretty as well – especially surrounded by all the greenery and the amazing views.
Written September 10, 2023
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada3,413 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Recently attended the lodge near the lake. Such a beautiful place! The lake is nice blue and such a beauty. There are a couple trails leading around the back part of the lake which I heard is very nice!

Highly recommended!
Written July 13, 2022
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SimonHutchins
Reading, UK197 contributions
Jul 2023
This was an unexpected highlight. I'd never heard of this lake until we were passing the viewpoint on the way to Jasper. Quite simply, this provided the best photographs of any lake visited. And that includes Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Stunning views an reflections - make sure to stop.
Written July 26, 2023
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Shai & Huvi
Israel344 contributions
Jul 2021
Imagine the beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine, but without the crowds. That is Bow Lake. We didn't have the best weather as the pictures show, and coats were needed despite being July. Bow Lake is beautiful though.
Written November 8, 2021
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Rated poor only because you will see many more scenic or interesting (from a geologic or glacial perspective) sights along the road. Right along the Ice Parkway so easy to see, and the trail from the parking lot is very short. Nothing particularly noteworthy. Restrooms, gift shop and snacks if you want to schedule a break.
Written November 13, 2023
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grlgrdgate
California1,690 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Bow Lake is another beauty and worth a stop to see it. The area feels less crowded than other lakes like Peyto, Moraine, and Lake Louise. We enjoyed our time here.
Written July 28, 2019
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