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Bow River

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Address: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This feisty waterway is popular for its adjacent walkways used by walkers...

This feisty waterway is popular for its adjacent walkways used by walkers and bicyclers.

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Enjoyable stroll along Bow River

Beautiful river and runs throughout the city. Great place to walk within a city and enjoy nature. Nice view of downtown.

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Red Deer, Canada
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Red Deer, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Beautiful river and runs throughout the city. Great place to walk within a city and enjoy nature. Nice view of downtown.

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

The bike paths thatw go up and down the Bow in downtown Calgary are nice when it is not peak before or after work hours. The path can be quite busy, some sections can be bumpy but an overall wonderful way to get around the city, see the views and get some exercise!

Thank Sylvie B
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

In Banff, you can find the spot where Marilyn Monroe was playing with Robert Mitchum... The bow river look like really healthy river in comparison of some rivers overseas... That's true

Thank Pinkema A
Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

The River runs right through the centre of town and makes for very attractive area to walk through with great path system. Out of interest the Bow River is named after the trees along the river that the indigenous tribes used to cut down to make Bows to shoot game with.

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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

The Bow is more impressive as part of Banff National Park. In Calgary, it is just a confined waterway. Some people canoe it in the summer. A few years ago, it flooded and caused chaos in Alberta's largest city. The Park in the downtown area is pleasant in the summer, and the River Cafe is one of the best in... More 

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washington dc
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A defining feature of Calgary--you can spot its graceful bends and bows from many places you might go. Canadians seem to treasure this river. We enjoyed reacquainting ourselves with it throughout our travels in the Rockies.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Bow River run from the west to the east through Calgary. People play in the river, fish, raft and canoe in the river. There are beautiful walking paths on both sides of the river.

Thank Barb H
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

You have arrived in heaven. Bring a ton of space on camera cards or cell phones. I know people that have travelled the world and put the friendly people and Canadian Rockies in the top 3 in all of their experiences for pleasure and beauty. Please respect the wildlife.

Thank Fribble717
Thornhill, Canada
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Even in winter, the path along the Elbow / Bow River is cleared so dog walkers, strollers and joggers can access. Nice view down to the river, and views of bridges dotted with groups of Canadian geese back a bit too early

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Burien, Washington
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Calgary did not excite us all that much. After going to the museum, we decided to walk along the river. Three hour free parking on the street made it easy. Calgary was still recovering from a snow storm so we had to watch our step with lots of slick spots. It was a Thursday and first sunny day in awhile... More 

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