Bow Glacier Falls Trail is a 8.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
266 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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lake

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waterfall

wild flowers

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.

8 days ago

Loved this hike! Falls were breathtaking. Started mid morning and passed a few people on route going to and from- shared the falls with only one other couple. If you’re in the area, this hike is a must!

20 days ago

This hike was a pleasant surprise. After having hiked the Plain of 6 Glaciers the day before, I would definitely rate this as an easy hike. Most of the hike is level and you will question if you are getting to the top of a mountain due to the ease of the hike. However, you'll know when you've hit the hardest part which is the steep incline of steps hiking up. Once you get to the top to see the falls, it's not a close up view of the falls so I wouldn't rate the view as spectacular. Having said that though, the hike was still beautiful and there were hardly any people crowding the hiking trail. Definitely a hike to do for the views of the lake and flowing glacier water. Total hike can take less than 3 hours and we had plenty of parking at 9:15am.

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1 month ago

What an amazing view. With Num Ti Jah Lodge and the lake Glacier and falls what else is there to want. Arrived on sept 7th about 930 am and spent till lunch time hiking around the lake and doing photography. When we arrived there was very little parking but it seemed there were very few people out here. Calm waters for that glass looking photo till about noon as the wind decided to make an appearance. Kid friendly and great for all levels.

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1 month ago

Agree with others that this was a nice, easy trail that had a bit of everything. We arrived around 8:30am and had the trail to ourselves on the way out, did not start seeing people until we were on our way back. Nice way to end our trip to Banff!

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1 month ago

An easy and pleasant hike for most of the trail, it let’s you enjoy the beautiful scenery as you hike around Bow Lake.
The last mile was the hardest and in our own personal opinion the falls are the same from afar as up close. So you can easily just stop at the top of the mountain before the rocky terrain starts.
We went late afternoon and barely saw other hikers.

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1 month ago

Beautiful views. If you hike even the tiniest bit I would consider this to be an easy hike. The trail is relatively flat the whole way with only a slight hitch for 20 ish meters where the trail has been washed out and you have to walk along a hillside (the dogs' leashes got stuck on a few tree branches here). The canyon and bow lake really are the showstoppers here. Fair warning there are a LOT of people on the trail of all skill levels. I really enjoyed the rest of the trail just to get some blood flowing after all the highway driving. total 1:45 round trip.

2 months ago

The trail is ok not to hard but a bit boring (apart from the lake part). When you follow the canyon make sure to see it properly it's gorgeous, you can climb on a big rock that makes a natural bridge to the other side (another trail). It's worth it and not too difficult. The falls are beautiful though! Middle of the afternoon for the best light.

2 months ago

Awesome little hike. Great waterfall at the end and can climb right up to the top of you feel brave enough. And skilled enough. A deft must do if your in the area.

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2 months ago

Great Hike! There’s is currently a lot of smoke in the area due to wildfires and we’ve met a fair amount of people but definitely a fun hike!

2 months ago

This was a real pleasant surprise. This hike has it all. Walk right next to a beautiful lake, scramble through some flooded areas, some forest, walk across a barren area with views of the river downstream of the falls and finally some fantastic waterfalls! This is now near the top of my all time favorites.

2 months ago

I honestly didn’t want to go on this hike as I’m in favor of more challenging trails, but my girlfriend demanded we go. I’m glad she did...we took the most scenic pictures here out of our entire 6 days in Banff National Park. The views are spectacular and absolutely worth every second. Just be sure to arrive early (7am??) as it is a hotbed for the tour busses. We started about 7:15am and only saw a few people along the way. A+

2 months ago

Was beautiful but lack of indications

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2 months ago

Trail was easy to find, and lots of parking available. The trail was quite busy, and for a large majority the trail is flat, going around the lake. A few sections near the lake are muddy/ washed out. The stairs before the falls are quite steep, but have a few sections you can get off and break at. Following the river up to the falls was a highlight, definitely take the time to check it out. I wore running shoes, but boots would have been preferred in the rocky sections. I brought my dog, and she struggled on the small-medium sized rocks.

3 months ago

Nice hike. Stay near the water as others have advised. Trail washed out a bit around 1.5 miles in but manageable. Look for rock piles (trail guides) and stay close to the water before the stairs. Stopped by the natural bridge over the river (leads to bow hut trail). There’s a ladder so you can climb on top.

3 months ago

Great day today, the weather was perfect. It’s a little more windy and cold near the falls but that is to be expected with glacier water. Some parts were scarier for me because I’m afraid of heights but even as a beginner hiker it wasn’t too bad. I had my poles and good hiking boots. The elevation is not much and it’s mostly an easy hike, just one steeper section. The falls are awesome and the lake is so blue! By far one of my favorite hikes.

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3 months ago

Great views of the water- stick to the river! Made the mistake of going through the forest unnecessarily.

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3 months ago

Beautiful Hike and great views. If you can, stay on the path near the river bed until you get to the steeper section with stairs that will take you to the viewpoint and then on to the falls. You can opt to take the right path through the forest as we did, but in retrospect the other way in much easier and scenic (we did that on the way back). Through the forest you will need to climb fairly steep and dense sections of overgrown forest. We were lucky some previous hikers left some markers to guide us out of it. You will end up in an open section of low vegetation near a creek bed infested with mosquitoes (luckily we had mosquito repellent on us) so push on toward the river side, left when looking toward the falls and glacier. Once you reach the riverbed side it is pretty straight forward. In a nutshell, unless there is too much water, go the riverbed side. Views from the falls are great looking towards bow lake and the Num Ti Jah lodge.

3 months ago

Very Scenic and pretty easy hike except for a steep section with steps towards the end. If you go when water flow is less...just make sure to walk along the lake shore and waterfall stream. If you go into the forest .. as the trail goes... make sure u take the right turns. When you see open grass after coming out of forest... dont go right towards small waterfall (though u will hear it...we ended up going right and climbing all the way to the top which gives excellent views of Bow lake but its not the actual bow falls or trail). Go left towards the stream which feeds Bow Lake and walk along it.

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4 months ago

One of my most favorite hikes that I've ever been on. ✨

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4 months ago

This was one of our favorite hikes as it kept you along water the whole hike (and we like water) There must have been an avalanche this past winter as part of the trail is essentially gone and you will get your feet wet! I feel it is recent as the downed trees are obviously “fresh”. We knew it “must be the trail” as it was along the lake, however, we did question being in the right spot.

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4 months ago

Such a great hike for a huge reward. If you want an even cooler view, take the rock bridge on the left (You’ll know when you see it) and hit the trail that takes you above the falls.

5 months ago

Amazing view at the end !especially if you are the first ones out!

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6 months ago

We did this to cap the day after other longer hikes, and finished with dinner around the lake. Good spot for that, but don't go out of your way to do this hike only considering the amazing things around. It's nice and easy and flat, so relaxing

11 months ago

You can either go straight to the bow falls or make a left over the massive boulder to two different waterfalls. Both are pretty good the second is much longer.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great views of the lake from the side and rear. We did not make it to the falls due to a snowstorm blowing in. Would definitely do it again. Some parts of the trail were snow covered and slick, so proper shoes/boots and/or poles recommended.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful area! Easy hike with one steep section (has stairs). Beginning by the lake can be quite busy but the trails become quieter the further you go.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fairly easy trail with only one steep section. Very tranquil walking along the lake shore. The basin featuring the waterfall is pretty awesome and caps off a nice walk. Saw a decent sized black bear on the way back.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The ice fields are so beautiful. This is an easy few hour hike to be around water.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stunning waterfall! Will go back again!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Awesome trail. The waterfall was worth the walk.

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