Bow Lake, Banff National Park
As you continue north along the Icefields Parkway, the views of Bow Lake come into play a few times. First, there is a dedicated viewpoint. Next, there's a turnoff for Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Things confused us a little here - there's an overlook right off the highway, but if you travel down the hill, there is another parking lot with access to a short trail (there were buses here when we arrived blocking the parking areas, which led to the confusion.) The trail takes you up and close to the lake, and you can follow the short loop along the lakefront, then circle back past the lodge to get to the parking lot again. As with many of the lakes here, the water is a spectacular color and the mountain scenery is top notch. The hike itself was less than 15 minutes - well worth the time.
Bow Lake is part of the Icefields Parkway and is at 1920 m above sea level. It's one of the smaller lakes in the National Park but it's adjacent to the Bow River. It's south of the Bow Summit where you can get great views of Wapta Icefield, Bow Glaciar, Mount Thompson and Crowfoot Glacier and Mountains.
One of the many worthwhile viewpoints along the Icefields parkway is Bow lake. The water, like all Alberta lakes seemingly, is an amazing blue colour. The crowfoot mountain in the farground gives the lake a nice backdrop.
Bow Lake is located along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, otherwise known as Highway 93. Of all the famous mountain lakes in Banff National Park, Bow Lake is probably the least crowded, and just as stunning as Lake Louise. Fishing is good on Bow Lake, and when we were there in September, we saw quite a few trout in the streams located around the lake near Num-ti-jah Lodge (see next tip).
For more stunning views , hike around the lake and up to Bow Glacier Falls.
Bow Lake is again one of those must see lakes. Surrounded by peaks and glaciers, this area provides some of the nicest scenery along the Icefields Parkway.
Especially if you have time do a few hours of hiking. Some rather spectacular falls come of the Bow Glacier and feed the river leading to the lake. You can see both the glacier and the falls in the back of the picture.
A hiking trail leads along the right side of the lake and then follows the river. After a while you have some steep climbing to do (partly steps). If you gained elevation you will have some great views of the surrounding area and the falls.
From this point you can continue for half an hour or so across the moraine. This part is rather flat but of course very rocky and filled with numerous very small undeep streams to cross, so wear good shoes.
Bow Lake is one of the picturesque lakes you see in many travel brochures, and it certainly lived up to expectations.
Luckily we had the chance to see this on a clear sunny day. What a picture with all the trees surrounding it, the hills in the background, the blue shimmer from the water, and of course the Crowfoot Glacier hanging in the background!
The Bow Lake can be found on the infamous Highway 93 - the Icefields Parkway, just minutes after the viewing point for the Crowfoot Glacier (if you are heading north).
The Viewing point is right on the edge of the road, so there is no walk like there is at some stopping points e.g. Peyto Lake.
A stunning picture opportunity. Worth a stop, even if only for 5 minutes!
We also stopped at Peyto Lake and Bow Lake. After seeing, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, I didn't feel much about them. I like Bow Lake better, because I can walk along the lake. I found a stone which was shaped like Crowfoot Mountain at the lake side. It is in my living room now.
I am not a 100% sure , but I believe this is Bow Lake ,this lake was still frozen when drove by,there is a viewpoint to see Bow lake and it has a Picnic site .
Bow lake is one of the largest lake along the Ice Fields and it is fed by melt water of the Bow Glacier, and the Wapta Ice Fields ,and it is the headwaters of the Bow River.
A century ago, the crowfoot had three toes of ice. Since then the glacier has melted back and the lower toe has been lost. These days the middle toe is disappearing, too.
Lovey place to stop & rest a while - the views of the mountains & Bow Lake are truley magical from here.
After a cold drink in the sunshine visit inside for a browse at some nice gifts & great books.
This is one of the many scenic lookouts along the Icefields Parkway. It is located between Hector Lake and Lake Peyto. Hopefully you will see beautiful mountain reflections in the water as I did.
The lake is the source of the Bow River. Across the lake is part of a very large icefield covering an area of the Great Divide. The Bow Glacier extends from this field over the cliffs.
BOW LAKE: In the winter this lake is a great place for ice-skating. Check out the icy condition by in my Banff page.
BOW LAKE: Sport fishing for trout is popular at the southern end while the swampy area at the lake's outlet is a great place to see moose.