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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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We went to Bow Lake in January 2017 on a freezing -35 day. We could only jump out of the bus briefly to take photos but it was well worth it. Stunning place. It would be... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Buderim, Australia
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Buderim, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Bow Lake in January 2017 on a freezing -35 day. We could only jump out of the bus briefly to take photos but it was well worth it. Stunning place. It would be beautiful at any time of the year.

Thank DanielleMark
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

Bow Lake is right off the Columbia Icefield Parkway. It has one lodge you can stay at if you want, but most people park the car and go visit for a while. The best thing about the lake is that you're getting a really quality lake experience without the crowds. The multiple mountain tops reflecting off the lake surface is... More 

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washington dc
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Reviewed March 17, 2017

Lesser only by comparison to the embarrassment of even more spectacular lakes in Banff National Park. Bow Lake would be at the top of the list for most nations. It was fun to see the lake at last, having followed the Bow River from Calgary and expecting to follow it farther north. The Lake is right next to the Icefields... More 

Thank mrsagf
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Reviewed February 23, 2017

Feel like a so so lake, nothing special. The cabin next to the lake is something you need to see and take a break. They are closed in winter, and a lot of snows in the winter. If you drive on ice field park way in winter, this is a place you need to stop and take a few pictures... More 

Thank Amy D
Hasselt, Belgium
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

This stop is right alongside the Icefield Parkway. You can climb down from the parking lot to the banks of the lake and enjoy the view of the lake and Crowfoot Glacier.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

Is a long lake! Is so nice here. Took many pictures and panormas here. Don't want to leave this place.

Machida, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2016

This place is not talked about that often, so maybe that is a good thing! The Lake is a beautiful colour and the towering mountain peaks around are jaw dropping. But Banff has so many spectacular places to visit, so i recommend coming here if you have ample time. Keep in mind it is easy to get to , and... More 

Thank Martin B
Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed December 7, 2016

Bow Lake is incredibly lovely. Very peaceful location. Beautiful views and the lake is just gorgeous.

Thank KayBri
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

It was cloudy the day we were there - so we didn't get to see the mountain tops and glaciers you see in some of the photos. However, it was worth stopping for a quick look. Easy to view as there is a good size parking area adjacent to the highway. No where near as busy as Lake Louise or... More 

Thank John S
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2016

It was a beautiful day so after lake louise we travelled up to Bow lake. Plenty of parking and when we got out of the car the wind and cold hit us, wow it was freezing. The mountains were beautiful, but please be aware there is a board walk you can go on to take photos, but the step is... More 

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