We are completely in love with Banff National Park and there are so many lakes to visit it’s difficult to know which ones to stop at and which ones to pass on by. One which we really enjoyed however is Gap Lake.
If you are driving into Banff from Calgary, Gap Lake is the perfect place to take a short break from the road and stretch out your legs for 10 minutes. There aren’t any hikes or trails at Gap Lake however there is a car park on the north edge of the lake and the views you will get on a clear day from here are superb.
Where is Gap Lake?
Gap Lake is located in the Eastern Slopes (ES1) Zone of Alberta, Canada at coordinates 51.0545, -115.2337. It is around 35km South East of Banff and 100km West of Calgary.
How to get to Gap Lake
Situated just off of the Bow Valley Trail, Gap Lake is not sign posted so it is easy to drive straight past. It is located around 35km South East of Banff so if you are driving into Banff on a popular route such as that from Calgary, you should find it on your left hand side as you drove around a left hand bend when you are around 30 minutes away from Banff.
As the lake isn’t sign posted it’s not busy at all so it offers a great opportunity for you to get a few great, uninterrupted photos.
Gap Lake is a popular spot among locals for fishing as it is fed by the Bow River via a Calvert under the railway tracks. This means there is an abundance of fish including brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, mountain whitefish and mountain sucker.