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Bow Lake

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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Spectacular color

One of the many worthwhile viewing points along the Icefields Parkway (The viewing point is right in the edge of the road). The water seemingly has an amazing blue color. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the many worthwhile viewing points along the Icefields Parkway (The viewing point is right in the edge of the road). The water seemingly has an amazing blue color. The Crowfoot glacier in the far ground gives the lake a nice backdrop. Surrounded by peaks and glaciers, this area provides a stunning picture opportunity...even for only 5 minutes!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I don't get it. We went to Lake Louise and there were a thousand people or more there...then we went to Bow lake and there were 5 people...enough for just one hockey line...and yet Bow lake is just as good or better!..than Lake Louise (and Moraine). It's crazy how that works. You don't even have to drive anywhere off the... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful lake with mountains in the background....nice place to stop and take a travel break. Alot of people were here enjoying as well.

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Trenton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely blue lake surrounded with mountains along the Icefields Parkway! Definitely worth a stop. Very picturesque! Interesting how it flows into the Bow River which flows into Banff and Calgary!

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a great view of the lake from the roadside and can see NUM-TI-JAH lodge as well. The colours are beautiful and make for good photos. If you travel a little further on and take the road to the lodge you can get great views of Bow Glacier and the falls, and there are facilities there should you require... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great place to stop and check everything out. The water is absolutely beautiful. Mountain views are fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Locals told us to drive up to Peyto Lake after visiting Lake Louise. We stopped at Bow Lake for a potty break and found the most beautify lake (I liked it better than Lake Louise). We stayed there for a couple of hours, hiked to the falls and ate lunch. When we visit next year, I will bring a bottle... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a great stop on the side of the highway. good views of majestic peaks. a great hike to the falls if you can spare the 2.5 hours round trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lake is simply stunning and such easy access right off of the Icefields Parkway. We made it early enough to go to Moraine Lake, but were turned away from Lake Louise due to overcrowding and we were on too tight of a schedule to go back, so we felt after stopping at this lake that we totally made up... More 

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Rushford, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great photo opportunities at Bow lake. If possible get there early for best photos. Beautiful lake but i think it gets somewhat forgotten since there is SO much to see on the Icefield Parkway. Its one incredible thing after another. But definitely a must stop.

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