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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

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Bird watching

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Lake

River

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Waterfall

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Getting There

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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Jaylene Kaufman
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Hiking

Beautiful trek, panoramic views all over with the perfect mix of forest and open scenery of the mountains and waterfalls all around! Highly recommended

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Aspen Dudzic
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HikingSnowWashed out

Great trail! The views of the falls were absolutely incredible. Relatively easy hike. We went yesterday around 11 and it was pouring rain for most of it. Cleared up just in time for the falls where it started snowing instead. Totally worth it. Beautiful hike, would definitely do again. Be careful to stick to the trail along the water and not venture off into the forest too early or you’ll likely be lost and add a few hours to your hike. The trail is definitely a bit washed out right now but stick to the water as much as you can until you see the stairs. Enjoy!!

amanda macivor
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Hiking

A relatively mild trail, good views and great destination. It was a chilly day today (3c and slushy when we started at 1pm) but worth the peeks of sunshine and lovely views. I missed tracking part of this today but was a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.

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Steph M
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HikingMuddy

Easy 9km of hiking. Free from snow. Beautiful view. Rather busy trail on the Parkway.

Bryan Villanueva
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is the closest i have been to a waterfall and the view is so amazing. The trail itself is easy for the first 2km and gets moderate when you start to go up through the ladder on the way to the falls. Will surely come back to this place. One way trip upto the falls is exactly 4.5km.

Sandrine Theriault
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Un hike incroyable ! Très facile à faire et peu d’élévation. La vue de la chute est tout simplement magnifique. Les paysages sont splendides tout au long de la randonnée. Le lac Bow est majestueux. Nous ne nous sommes pas rendus jusqu’en haut de la chute pour observer le Iceberg Lake, car il restait de la neige et nous n’avons pas vu le sentier pour s’y rendre, mais je suis assez certaine que c’est faisable de le faire. Le sentier n’est pas très bien balisé au bas de la chute mais c’est facile de savoir où aller. Le niveau de l’eau est élevé donc important d’être bien chaussé. Nous n’avons pas croisé d’ours, mais certains disent qu’un grizzli se promène dans les environs. Apportez avec vous votre bear spray!

Mohammed Qadry
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HikingWashed out

Great hike. You can see the falls in the distance which I didn’t realize until later. Trail is washed out along the way. We got lost and ended up climbing the side of mountain near the beginning as a result. Saw two smaller water falls because of it. Got on track again when we saw people in the distance. Just follow the lake edge and river and it’s easy. Would definitely do it again.

James Osborne
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HikingFloodedOff trailWashed out

Really enjoyable hike to the falls. Had some hope we might make it up to the lake also, but from a distance still a fair bit of snow on that route. The river is high right now and the trail is therefore very narrow in places, but that's part of the fun. Only the one steep section (stairs). Great hike, would do again to reach the plateau.

Shead Johnson
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Hiking

Unfortunately the trail was not marked very well so my fiancé and I started following a smaller path into the woods and got a bit lost lol. You’ve got to cross the stream with a couple of logs laying in it.

Kimberly Lindsey
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The waterfall may be what brings you to this trail, but enjoy the journey to get there! I completed this just myself and my dog and felt pretty safe. Ran into a couple small groups on our way back. Be cautious of bears in the open area near the waterfall, a black bear came across our path roughly 300m away while coming back down. Thankfully it only looked at us, than just casually walked away. Also ran into a stubborn marmot that was not at all fazed by us and had us at a stand still for 5 minutes. Some of the trail is muddy and flooded. When you get past the stairs and start to ascend towards the falls, there's no real path.. so just go your way. Wear waterproof shoes! If you wear runners, you'll end up soaked and cranky!

CJ Turner
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HikingMuddyWashed out

what an amazing view. the trail is washed out in some spots and we got lost a bit but overall amazing. my 7 year old lost a sock so if you find it she would be very happy

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Adèle Ka
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D Thiessen
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Hiking

Great trail for families. We had 4 kids (5,8,10,12) and went all the way to the base of the Falls. Roundtrip to the base of the falls is about 10km.

Mark Johnson
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Hiking

Fantastic trail and amazing views. We took our whole family of 6, kids ages 14, 12, 10, 8. They were entertained the entire way as there is always a beautiful view along the trail. There was hardly anyone on the trail so the space was also nice. We drove to do this hike from Banff and it was definitely worth every minute of the 1hr drive!

Jean-Marc Stelter
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HikingRocky

The trail is in great shape, clear of snow and ice, making it a great early season hike.

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Amber Sweaza
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Hiking

Absolutely loved this hike! It is mostly flat and great for dogs (except the large stairs) my frenchie handled it well. It was still a bit cold but the ice in the lake is mostly melted and the waterfall is flowing! If you go in June wear a jacket. The best part about it was the scenery reward the entire hike! Never was there a moment that there was not something beautiful and peaceful to look at right next to us. Highly recommended.

James Wade
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Hiking

Sunny. August, 2018. An interesting trail leading to a spectacular waterfall.

Krizza Mae Villamor
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Hiking

Went today June 3,2020 Some parts are still covered with thick snow. View is not much as expected.

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