Bow Lake

Alberta (Province), Canada

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About Bow Lake

Bow Lake, located in the Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, is one of the larger lakes that form the Icefields Parkway and is the closest lake to the headwaters of Bow River in the Canadian Rockies.  It is near to the Great Continental Divide, which forms part of the border between Atlanta and British Columbia.

Created by retreating moraines and the resulting melt water, this glacial lake measures 3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi) and lies at an altitude of 1,920 m (6,299.2 ft).  On still days, its clear blue waters reflect the snow-covered-peaks and sheer cliffs of the surrounding mountainous area, which includes the magnificent Crowfoot Mountain and Mount Thompson.


Bow Lake is a popular destination for wakeboarding and water-skiing enthusiasts, with private lessons available for beginners and advanced.  There are also picturesque walks and kids’ day camps.

Situated right next door to the highway, Bow Lake is a perfect stop for picnics, with waterfront tables at the south-east end of the lake.  A trail for walkers here leads to the Bow Glacier Falls.

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Alberta (Province), Canada
Latitude: 51.673008, Longitude: -116.459799