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Bow Summit

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Limited parking

Tourist buses and handicap use the upper car park for a flatter access to the viewing platform, all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hard walk but worth it

An enjoyable but hard walk uphill in the sun but well worth it when at the top. Clearly see the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Darren C
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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“steep path” (3 reviews)
“peyto lake” (17 reviews)
Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourist buses and handicap use the upper car park for a flatter access to the viewing platform, all others the lower carpark that requires a bit of effort to walk up a moderate incline to access, but, it's worth the effort if you can find...More

Thank CodyMav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An enjoyable but hard walk uphill in the sun but well worth it when at the top. Clearly see the blue of bow lake and the surrounding area. Well worth the couple of hours walk (that includes there and back)

Thank Darren C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a no-brainer to see why this stop along the Icefields Parkway is so popular. A short hike leads to the viewing area of a large, turquoise lake below surrounded by craggy mountains and glaciers. People pull in and out of the lot all day...More

Thank CBW47
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

A steep path hike to the Summit but worth it. No pain, no gain. A little crowded but I get it, it's a very beautiful place so a lot would like to see it. I just hope mgt will add more parking. It's hard to...More

Thank CAQuindoza
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Our group of 6 motorcyclists riding the Icefield Parkway decided on Bow Summit for an "al fresco" lunch stop. Parking lot was extremely crowded; had to wait until someone left before we could all park our motorcycles (yes, 6 bikes in one spot). Parking lot...More

1  Thank JosGroup
Reviewed 18 July 2017

You'll walk down to the viewing platform with a lot of other people all trying to stand on the same spot trying to take photo's but the view is marvelous with the lake being a beautiful blue. It's a short climb back up which did...More

1  Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Just visited this on Canada Day, 2017. The walk from Peyto Lake parking to the Peyto Lake lookout is short, a little steep, but very manageable. Tons of people there, hard to have a picture of the lake without including some people there. The view...More

Thank lawaii
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Made a little stop at Bow Summit while at the Canadian Rockies. We went in the end of May and still there was a lot of snow, making hard to the go through the trails. Best to wear warm clothes and snow shoes or boots.

Thank traveller20099
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

We did this in May where at that elevation there is still alot of snow and the lake is frozen Take the path near the washroom it is not so slippery. I imagine this would be exceptional in summer to see the lake. It is...More

Thank Laura W
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

A short hike to get amazing views. Once on the platform the glacier blue waters surrounded by snow and cloud capped mountains and trees majest for stunning views. Definitely worth the effort to get there.

Thank sm05060
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