When the weather is calm, with little or no wind there are few more stunning views than the steep-sided, craggy mountains which seem to sprout directly out of Bow Lake. Their mirror image perfectly reflected in the placid waters of the clear blue lake at their base, providing additional symmetrical depth to the already impressive view.
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time in some of the Great Ranges, but despite the awesome grandeur of the Himalaya, or the splendour of the Alps, the Canadian Rockies seem to have a special appeal.
They may not be the highest peaks on the planet, but they often appear like jagged teeth from the depths of these attractive lakes, which are pure blue, or almost iridescent green in appearance. There are usually several glaciers, such as the Columbia, which cling to the slopes of the high cirques, which in turn hang above quiet roads like the Icefields Parkway. They have a rugged beauty, and an almost unique appeal
They are often also relatively accessible, a short drive from Banff, Canmore, Jasper or one of many other mountain towns, trekking or climbing is usually possible within 30 minutes of a coffee refuel.
These images taken at sunset, not until after 10pm in early July, the sun sinking behind the peaks of the Great Divide Tower, and making the ice of the Bow and Crowfoot glaciers appear almost golden. However, early morning is as attractive, and well worth getting out of bed to enjoy before a hearty breakfast.
Which is where the Num Ti Jah Lodge excels, on the shores of Bow Lake, dawn dawdling, and breakfasts of champions are both possible. This cosy lodge, with log fires, a friendly welcome, excellent food, and some quality wine is the ideal place to enjoy Bow Lake, and its attractions. The best way to describe the Jimmy Simpson built log cabin is that it’s home in the wilderness. It compliments it’s surroundings perfectly.
Walking along the shore of Bow Lake, crossing wooden bridges that ford a number of small brooks, I was glad to be alone. Conversation would have spoiled the moment, words were not necessary, soaking up beautiful Bow Lake, it’s surrounding mountains, and glaciers. It just seemed like home.