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  • Address: Alberta Highway 93, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Bow Lake Tours

Bow Lake in the Canadian Rockies is one of the smaller lakes in Banff National Park. It is the source of the Bow River and lies along part of the Great Continental Divide, which creates the border between Alberta and British Columbia. As with all of the lakes lining the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, Bow Lake boasts spectacularly colored water and top-notch mountain scenery. One of the most interesting features of these Rocky Mountain Lakes is their differences in color. Some are green, some are bright blue, and sometimes (after a major rain) some of them are brownish. The lake’s colors might even change with the weather. As you continue north along the Icefields Parkway, you will have several different views of the bright-blue waters of Bow Lake, as it lies quite close to the highway. The lake is a great place for a picnic and a stroll, and is especially beautiful at sunrise when the sun shines off of the water and Crowfoot Mountain.

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Bow Lake is part of the Icefields Parkway and is at an elevation of 6,300 feet (1,920 meters above sea level). The lake offers impressive vistas of Wapta Icefield, Bow Glacier, Mt Thompson, and Crowfoot Glacier/Crowfoot Mountain. There is a basic picnicking area with plenty of parking, tables, fire boxes, and public restrooms.

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Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour, Banff, null
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Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour

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Enjoy a full day small group tour with a professional guide at Lake Louise Parkway that contains some of the best scenery that Canada has to offer. With ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 8 to 8.5 hrs

From USD $135.15
Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff, Banff, Cultural Tours
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.69
Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour, Jasper, Ski & Snow
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Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour

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This one-way tour from Jasper to Banff is the ultimate way to experience the biggest and best the Canadian Rockies has to offer. Your journey to Banff will ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.52
Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour, Jasper, Day Trips
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

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This one-way tour from Jasper to Lake Louise is the ultimate way to experience the biggest and best the Canadian Rockies has to offer! Your journey takes you ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.51
Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour, Banff, Day Trips
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Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour

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This incredible one-way journey from Lake Louise to Jasper takes you through some of the most amazing mountain landscapes Canada has to offer. Admire a ...  Read more

Location: Lake Louise, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.51

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