Bow Glacier Falls, Canada

Rating: ★★★★
Location: Alberta, Canada
Days: 1
Distance: 6.43mi
Cumulative Elevation: +568ft -568ft
Min Elevation: 6,424ft
Max Elevation: 6,904ft
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The hike from Bow Lake to Bow Glacier Falls is an enjoyable and picturesque experience. It is one of those rare hikes that isn’t too demanding, yet features gorgeous scenery with nearly every step. If you can spare a few hours on your journey through the Icefields Parkway, this hike will be well worth your time.

Bow Lake   Bow Glacier Falls Panorama thumb


Parking is available either near the trailhead at Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge or along the road leading to the lodge. In the summertime, the meadow around Bow Lake is filled with flowers, which is a nice consolation if you end up having to park further away from the lodge.

Bow Lake   Fields and Flowers thumb

The Hike

This is a fairly straightforward out-and-back hike. After you’ve finished ogling Bow Lake and the surrounding mountains, hike along the lakeshore for about a mile on the Bow Glacier Falls trail. The trail then follows the river and begins gradually ascending for another 2.5 miles until you finally reach the falls.

Bow Lake   Bow Glacier Falls III thumb

Once you’ve enjoyed the falls, retrace your steps back to the trailhead!

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