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Bow Glacier Falls Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 872 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Bugs
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Bow Glacier Falls Trail runs along the shores of Bow Lake. Featuring the ice-blue glacial Bow Lake and stunning panoramic views of its headwaters. The trail starts at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge just off HWY 93 (Icefields parkway). It wraps along the shore to the southwest corner of the lake, meeting a long rustic staircase that will take you up the hill into a valley where you can venture over to Bow Glacier Falls.

Parking is in the lot before the Num-Ti-Jah lodge. There are plenty of washrooms in the parking lot. Num-Ti-Jah Lodge has small gift/convenience store.

Banff Visitor Centre 224 Banff Avenue, Town of Banff Phone: 403.762.1550 Fax: 403.762.1551 Email: banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca Lake Louise Visitor Centre Village of Lake Louise, next to the Samson Mall Phone: 403.522.3833 Fax: 403.522.1212 Email: ll.info@pc.gc.ca

On HWY 1 in Banff National Park, take HWY 93 North (Icefields Parkway). A park pass is required, and available for purchase at this point. Turn into the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge parking lot (36 km north of the Lake Louise Junction). Park in lot, and trail head is at the end of the parking lot. Bow Lake & Crowsfeet Glacier Parking: 51.67905227995251 N -116.46418053656818 W

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Cathie Bennett
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JareJae Pro
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Suman Saha
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HikingGreat!

Easy trail with excellent views of bow lake and the river. Trail is well maintained, not very crowded. We did it on last Saturday and got parking around 12 pm.

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Chantal Larouche
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Belle randonnée. 21/09/20 Facile autour du lac . Montée d’escalier demandant pour les non sportifs pour se rendre au chute ( 1 km) plus loin. Peu de gens . couleur automnale. Lac d’un beau vert .

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Jason Olszewski
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Fantastic trail. Kids had a great time as well. Head out early to avoid the crowd

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Jim McLoud
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The walk around the lake is very easy, and the best section of the hike, in my opinion. The lake is absolutely gorgeous from all angles.. don’t feel bad just sticking around it.

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Therese Jakobsson Gebraeil
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P M
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Loved this trail! Head out early to avoid the crowds. Perfect spot for lunch at the falls.

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Gemma Ryan
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Martin Lafontaine
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very easy.

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Tammy Fleming
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Beautiful, well marked trail-easy to climb and well worth it to go all the way up to the falls

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Pawel Lukowski
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Nature tripsGreat!

The Trail was beautiful but there was lots off roots along the lake so watch your step the only step section was the stairs make sure you take your time on those once you get up the falls are yours and they are spectacular.

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Mandy Edworthy
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Rangelle Anne
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I love to fish in bow river. (from calgary). I loved that i have the chance to see where the river actually came from. bow lake has bull trouts oh mg. will definitely go back to fish there.

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Amir Sadeghian
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Quite easy. Very busy. Good for all ages

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Mike Stevenson
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A fairly easy trek to wonderful falls it’s spectacular lake views along the way. Bow Lake itself is beautiful and a worthy walk along is rewarding itself. A short climb at the far end of the lake ascends to a beautiful glacial valley. The trail largely flattens out at the point and the hiker can watch their targeted goal get closer as you stride towards the tumbling falls at the far end of the valley. Well worth the effort to get there! A worthy hike for all levels.

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Carl Pepin
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Cette randonnee est simplement superbe...elle debute derriere le Numti Jah... puis on longe le superbe Bow Lake...Sentier sans encombre longeant le lac...vraiment tres beau...faisable par tous...meme les plus ages puis a environ 2.5km...vient les marches...c'est assez a pic...mais seulement sur 200 metres max. puis une autre marche dans les cailloux jusqu a la chute du Glacier Bow...simplement WoW. Pas de grandes difficultes ...sauf la portion des marches un peu plus raides....mais prenez votre temps...y a rien qui presse allez retour 3h30 a vitesse tres standard. Nous avons dinner sur le bord du lac au soleil. Je recommande pour une trail tranquille sans grosses inclinaisons essouflante. vous devez faire 30 km vers Jasper sur le Icefield Parkway pour arriver a Namji tah lodge

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Michelle Ready
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The perfect hike if you feel like takin it easy. With the exception of a few steep stairs, there is very little incline involved so is a very easy hike filled with georgeous views the entire way. Loved it!

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Joseph Bongbong
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Easy hike. Mist from the fall is refreshing. Trail head is at the num-ti-jah lodge. Some parts of the trail by the lake can be flooded.

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Shu Zhang
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Beautiful from start to end

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Nikita MacNeil
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Easy, hike is roughly 10 km from the lake to the waterfall. Saw a few people struggle in their running shoes going down the stairs. Go later in the day to avoid the busy trial.

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Shu Zhang
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Gorgeous from beginning to end.

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Jacqueline Lacasse
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Gorgeous waterfall

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Mark Nguyen
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Marni Still
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Loved this trail! Easy hike other than the couple sets of stairs.

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Gui Igd
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Mayer Dulce Reyes
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Stunningly beautiful

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Audrey F
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Super fun hike, totally worth the view at the end with the giant waterfall! Relatively easy in the beginning, the middle of the hike has some pretty steep steps, but after that it's pretty easy again up to the falls. Took about 1.5 hrs there and about 1.5 to get back-including breaks and stopping at the top. Would recommend! :)

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