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Bow Summit

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Best stop on Icefields Parkway

Coming south on Icefields Parkway, I had seen all of my planned stops except Bow Summit at Peyto... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Joe P
Estes Park, Colorado
Nicely laid out, good parking, absolutely stunning views, with snow starting in October

From October to April, expect snow in the Bow Summit area, both on the road and on the trails to... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Calgary, Canada
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“peyto lake” (18 reviews)
Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Coming south on Icefields Parkway, I had seen all of my planned stops except Bow Summit at Peyto Lake. We saw waterfalls and glaciers and beautiful lakes, but had not seen Bow Summit. I was passing a camper just where the sign was for the...More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 24 October 2017

From October to April, expect snow in the Bow Summit area, both on the road and on the trails to the viewpoint. But it's worth any effort to drive the Icefields Parkway and to stop here at this viewpoint. In the summer, a lot of...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We walked up here only two days ago. It had already snowed some the days before and I was snowing as we were making our way up here. It was truly majestic, too beautiful for words to describe it. The walk is neither long nor...More

Thank Immerenga
Reviewed 17 September 2017

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

1  Thank CodyMav
Reviewed 13 September 2017 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 2 September 2017

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 29 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 20 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 3 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

1  Thank lawaii
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