Park at the Num Ti Jah Lodge
located on the north side of Bow Lake approximately 40kms north of Lake Louise
on the Icefields Parkway. Banff National Park.
Locate the trailhead behind the
Num Ti Jah Lodge near the shore of Bow Lake.
Follow the lakeshore trail and enjoy the
beautiful views of Bow Lake, Bow
Glacier, Bow Falls and the Wapta
Icefields. The Bow
Glacier is the headwater of the Blue
Ribbon Bow River, world renowned for
it's excellent Rainbow and
Brown Trout fly fishing. Bow lake itself
contains very large Lake Trout
however difficult to catch dues to watercraft restrictions. You'll need a
license to try your luck. If you decide to go
canoeing on Bow Lake beware of very
strong katabatic winds that often blow down
off the Wapta Ice Fields without
warning. Staying close to shore is advised. While on the trail to Bow falls
you'll see a large boulder wedged in the river canyon, this natural bridge is
the start of another trail that leads to the Canadian Alpine Club's Bow Hut
Hostel. The hut is used by climbers and winter skiers. In the winter Bow Falls
creates a popular Ice climb. Ice climbers cross country ski to the base, then
climb the frozen waterfall. Due to Bow Lakes elevation at 1920ms, it has a
very short summer season. Often the lake is still frozen by mid to late June.
Expect hordes of people here during the summer months.
Near Here: Local campgrounds include
Waterfowl Lake and
Louise. Trailheads to
Bow Lake Lookout
Cirque Lake Hikes,
Alpine Climb are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.