Half a mile north of Crowfoot Glacier (about 30 minutes from the
Lake Louise turnoff) you find Bow Lake, with its cool true-blue
waters. One of the most dramatic observations of the Rocky Mountain
Lakes is the difference in color between them. Some are green,
some blue and sometimes you find the waters a bit brownish (after
major rains). The colors even change with the weather. Bow Lake
is right near the highway and is one of the largest lakes in Banff
National Park. Great place for a picnic and short stroll. It is espeically beautiful at sunrise with the sun glancing off its massive walls.
Those wishing a 3 and a half hour hike (4 miles)
and not wanting too much elevation rise can see the lake, a rocky
gorge, alpine meadows and finally a vista of Bow Glacier and waterfall.
This lake is the source of the Bow River and near to the Great
Continental Divide which is part of the border between Alberta
and British Columbia.
THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
The main highway between Jasper and Banff is called
the Icefields Parkway because of the many glaciers,
hugging the mountains, that can be seen as you drive south. It
is a stunning drive with many lakes that are incredible colors
of blue and green. Drive by a triple continental divide and learn
about "Rock Flour". This is possibly the most unforgettable
mountain trip you will ever make. Come see it for yourself!!
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