Along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park is Bow Lake. You can stop for a quick viewing, stretch your legs with a nice shoreline walk, hike to the falls, or if you’re more ambitious continue hiking to Bow Hut near the Wapta Icefield. What’s the difference between Icefields and Glaciers (Wikipedia Answer)?
A few blooms of course, fresh from early morning showers.
- It’s always good to go prepared with a Plan B; better yet, also with Plan C and D.
- If you’re like me and prefer photos minus strangers, and quiet trails with more opportunity to see wildlife, especially during peak tourist season, GO EARLY. Even with this being a Plan B hike, I was at the trailhead by 8am. There were only a couple of people ahead of me, and no one at the falls when I arrived, but when I returned in the afternoon, there were probably 30-50 along the lake shoreline. This is a stop for the tourist buses.
- When you’re done hiking, stop by the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge for a treat, located conveniently Bow Lake trailhead parking area. They also have lodging options.
- Other lodging options:
- A Parks Canada Pass is required.
- Link to my other Canada blog posts.
- Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson
- Don’t Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies: The Opinionated Hiking Guide by Kathy and Craig Copeland