Bow Lake Viewpoint & Picnic Area

Day Use Area

4.8 from 8 users


Icefields Parkway, Improvement District No. 9, Alberta



Bow Lake is approximately 30 minutes north of Lake Louise, off the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) in the Canadian Rockies and a half mile north of the Crowfoot Glacier. Sitting at an elevation of 1,920 m (6,300 ft), it is one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park. Fed by meltwater from the Bow Glacier in the Wapta Icefield, the lake lies at the base of Bow Summit, which is perfectly reflected in its aquamarine waters on a calm day. Great place for a picnic or a short stroll. The serene lake is surrounded by spectacular views of the Wapta Icefield, Bow Glacier, Bow Peak, Mount Thompson, Crowfoot Glacier and Crowfoot Mountain. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: 51.672558 Lng: -116.449067

User Reviews


Aussie Traveller

Now tables or toilets.



Such a picturesque Area! Best to go down on the lake and enjoy the mirroring Mountains - before the crowds come.


User 42422

Nice picknick area with tables, a shelter and somewhat run down toilets. Extremly nice setting down at the lake shore with view on the moumtains. Most people just stop at the road for a foto but the real picknick area is a 100m further down the small gravelroad heading south parallel to the highway.


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