HWY-93,, Calgary, AB, Canada
Bow Lake is a gem, forgotten by most tourists simply for being out-of-the-way. In fact, Bow Lake is pretty accessible from the Banff-Jasper Highway, but too few people bother to venture that far. Cut off from most amenities (although there is a lodge on the lake shore), Bow Lake is a refuge for those looking for rest. This lake is the nearest lake to the Bow River headwaters, and it sits near the Bow Glacier. It, too, like the more famous lakes, has a distinct turquoise color. Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is known as the "keeper of the secrets of Bow Lake", since the Simpson family has been in the area for longer than anybody else. The lodge has been in business on the lakeshore since before the highway was built, at a time when tourists had to come by horseback. A stop-over at the lodge for lunch, dinner, or over-night is a worth-while idea. The lodge-keepers can also give you a good idea about where to hike.