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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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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$240.76
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour

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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$144.37
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Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour

Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour

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Traverse the wilderness of western Alberta on this full-day Jasper to Banff one-way tour. Travel the famous Icefields Parkway with your guide and learn of the region’s colorful past. Discover top attractions including Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, and the Weeping Wall. Take part in the Glacier Adventure tour on the Athabasca Glacier or ride the Glacier SkyWalk over Sunwapta Valley. Gain insight into Alberta’s geology at the Columbia Icefield Centre. Take a short walk to a scenic viewpoint for panoramic views, then conclude your tour in Banff.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.98
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4-Day Bicycle Tour through Canadian Rockies

4-Day Bicycle Tour through Canadian Rockies

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Experience the Canadian Rockies by bike during this four-day, guided, cycling tour from Jasper to Lake Louise that includes accommodations, meals, van support, and airport transfer. Set off with your small group to ascend the mountains and ride along the stunning Icefields Parkway taking breaks for photos and meals. Pass silently by the Columbia Icefields, Bow Lake, Lake Louise making your way triumphantly into the mountain town of Banff.
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  • 4 days
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$1,483.64
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Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

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Follow the suggested route from the audio guide between Jasper & Lake Louise, and discover the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic drives! The tour experience is the same in either direction. Learn about the incredible mountains towering above you and the early explorers who first found them. Discover the beauty of Banff & Jasper National Parks. Hear about Peyto Lake, the Columbia Icefields & and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Fun audio clips will play automatically as you drive, using a live GPS map. No data is used during the tour. This tour is easy to navigate and family friendly. This audio guide will keep you and your family engaged and having fun. Each point of interest along the way has a fun multiple-choice trivia question about the sights.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$4.97
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Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

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Stand beside Lake Louise and experience the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, of Banff during this small-group, private full-day, guided tour along the Icefield Parkway. Bring up to five passengers and set off along the winding and spectacular road making stops at stop at Lake Minnewanka, Bow falls, Crowfoot Glacier and more. Enjoy aerial views of of Banff from Mount Norquay after ascending its switchback road to the top.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$578.79
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Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks. Hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider consider an OPTIONAL tour to the Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer, once in a lifetime experience to visit the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway. Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier. Learn how this massive sheet of ice carved out the area's mountain-studded skyline, and then swing by Peyto Lake, whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$154.94
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Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests

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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$910.82
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Jasper National Park 2-Day Tour

Jasper National Park 2-Day Tour

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Explore the largest national park in the Rockies. Climb on board an all-terrain Ice Explorer and head on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Walk on, feel and drink from the ancient ice while you learn about glaciers and icefields. Continuing on Skywalk to view features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop. You will enjoy the town of Jasper’s beautiful sights, Maligne Canyon and the crystal blue waters of Maligne Lake. At Maligne Lake you have a chance to take an unforgettable cruise to Spirit Island (Optional).
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$366.71
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Rockies Classic 2-Day Tour (Yoho National Park and Columbia Icefiled)

Rockies Classic 2-Day Tour (Yoho National Park and Columbia Icefiled)

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy around Banff and Jasper's national parks. Skirt the slopes of the Continental Divide as you explore Yoho National Park and beyond with an experienced local guide. Spend time meandering along the shores of Moraine Lake's opalescent waters and examine the natural span of a river-carved bridge created over thousands of years, and also make a stop at Lake Louise to snap photos of its turquoise waters. *Moraine Lake is closed before June and after mid-October. Will be replaced by other sightseeing points
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$372.29
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Rocky Mountain 3 Day Local Tour - Fairmont Banff Springs - Route A

Rocky Mountain 3 Day Local Tour - Fairmont Banff Springs - Route A

Classic 3-day Rocky Mountains Local Tour ☆ Safe and comfortable tour bus, with WIFI, and landscape windows! ☆ Professional bilingual tour guides and attentive service will allow you to travel without any worries and ensuring you a trip with great memories.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$846.01
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Should I book Bow Lake tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Bow Lake can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Bow Lake 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Bow Lake costs USD 4.97. Guided Bow Lake tours start around USD 4.97 per person.
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