Trip Planner: Canada / Alberta / Canadian Rockies / Banff National Park / Bow Lake
Hike into the mountains to the picturesque Bow Lake and appreciate memorable views of the Canadian Rockies. Head to the lake early in the day to see the mountain tops in the distance casting a reflection on the water. Hike around the water on the lakeside trail for more views of the mountains and the Bow River, and keep your eyes peeled for Bow's Glacier. Remember to take your own water and snacks, as refreshments are hard to come by in the area. Plan to visit Bow Lake and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Banff National Park attractions using our Banff National Park trip builder site.
Tours to Bow Lake
Likely to sell out BOOK WITH VIATOR Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Duration: 8h - 9h
Tours from $136 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Duration: 9h - 12h
Tours from $148 ›
Likely to sell out BOOK WITH VIATOR Banff & The Icefields Parkway | Small Group Full Day Adventure
Tours from $218 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR 3 Day Columbia Icefileds,Jasper,Lake Louise Calgary&Banff pick up
Tours from $649 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 12 guests
Duration: 8h - 9h
Tours from $1,667 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Glacier Day Tour: Calgary, Bow Lake, Columbia Icefield
Duration: 10h - 11h
Tours from $154 ›
Bow Lake reviews
Another frozen lake surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains. It is on the main road so you might as well stop for 10 minutes
Another frozen lake surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains. It is on the main road so you might as well stop for 10 minutes more »
absolutely beautiful! it was amazing to see this blue lake as it was so breathtaking! definitely a must stop to snap some pictures.
absolutely beautiful! it was amazing to see this blue lake as it was so breathtaking! definitely a must stop to snap some pictures. more »
Bow Lake is a scenic spot to take an amazing picture. The Wapta Icefield rises above the lakeshore. 'Time to take your best selfie!
Bow Lake is a scenic spot to take an amazing picture. The Wapta Icefield rises above the lakeshore. 'Time to take your best selfie! more »
Spectacular Lake on the way to Jasper!!! A quick stop when driving through Banff/Jasper Icefield Parkway. Stunning views of Mountains and Glaciers. Great place to stop and click pictures with the beautiful backdrop of Glaciers. You can enjoy walking near the lake’s shoreline which offers some stunning views. You can see the reflection of mountains. Parking is available near the lake and lookout point. A must visit place when visiting Banff and Jasper!! Don’t forget to slow down when reaching this lake otherwise you will miss this stop. Highly recommend!!
Bow Lake, the most picturesque lake in Banff National Park, is located along Icefield Parkway at an altitude of 1920 m. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and is fed by crystal clear water from melted glaciers. It is beautiful at any time of the year. In summer, the shores of the lake are painted with alpine flowers. In autumn, it is decorated with golden-red foliage of bushes. A soft blanket of snow covers the shores in winter. And spring awakens life and brings new freshness.
Beautiful location with a lodge for food at 9:30am. It’s all about photography here. Get up early and watch the mist roll of the lake at sunrise. There was plenty of parking but also not a lot of people.
Bow Lake gets most of it water fron run off Bow Glacier. It is beautiful surrounded by mountains. You can see the glacier from distance and water falls. It is located on Icefieldss Parkway while driving from Banff to Jasper. Do not miss to stop on the way. There is a car parking lot and historic lodge next to the lake. There are also to overview stops overlooking the lake on Icefields Parkway.
Amazing lake! Huge and beautiful, you get to see two glaciers from it. I would say my favourite in Banff national park. It is also very easy to access compared to other lakes (far easier than Lake Louise and Moraine Lake)
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