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Bow Lake Tours

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Bow Lake
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.
Address: Alberta Highway 93, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day TourDay Trips

Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour

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The Rockies boast some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. On this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from Banff and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Jasper 2 Day-Columbia Icefield-Malgine Lake-Bow Lake(Calgary/Banff pick up)Nature and Wildlife

Jasper 2 Day-Columbia Icefield-Malgine Lake-Bow Lake(Calgary/Banff pick up)

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2 days local experience guided tour exploring the Jasper National Park! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Jasper Town ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ 2 famous road trip- Canadian HWY#1 and Icefield Parkway
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures

Glacier 1-Day Tour: Calgary, Bow Lake, Columbia IcefieldDay Trips

Glacier 1-Day Tour: Calgary, Bow Lake, Columbia Icefield

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The Icefields Parkway and the Athabasca Glacier are one of the Canadian Rockies’ most beautiful and fascinating sightseeing. Overlooking the mighty Athabasca Glacier rests Altitude Restaurant, a truly unique buffet experience featuring locally-sourced Canadian cuisine
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from BanffDay Trips

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guestsDay Trips

Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests

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See the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, and baby blue Lake Louise during this small-group, full-day, guided tour of Banff onboard a mini-bus. Experience driving on the Ice Field Parkway and make a stop at Lake Minnewanka keeping an eye out for elks and bighorn sheep. Lookout over the mountain town of Banff from high above at the Mount Norquay from lookout before stopping at Chateau Lake Louise to explore.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Classic 3D-Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Icefield, Jasper- Calgary&Banff pick upNature and Wildlife

Classic 3D-Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Icefield, Jasper- Calgary&Banff pick up

Classic 3-days guided tour exploring the popular sightseeing point in Rocky Mountain National Parks! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Banff Town and 1-night at Jasper Town ☆ Pick up from Calgary and Banff ☆ Save Time! Explore 3 famous National Parks, Banff, YOHO, and Jasper in Canada in 3 days ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ Professional local tour guide and driver
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures

Classic 3-Day Banff Sulphur Mountain Tour with Calgary & Banff Pick UpNature and Wildlife

Classic 3-Day Banff Sulphur Mountain Tour with Calgary & Banff Pick Up

Classic 3-days guided tour exploring the popular sightseeing point in Rocky Mountain National Parks! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Banff Town and 1-night at Jasper Town ☆ Pick up from Calgary and Banff ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ Professional local tour guide and driver
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures

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