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This feisty waterway is popular for its adjacent walkways used by walkers and bicyclers.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

The Bow River has the reputation of being a world class fly fishery. It sustained an incredible flood in June, 2013. The evidence of this is everywhere along the river. We fished with Fish Tales Fly Fish Shop guides Doug, Paul and Todd. We had...More

Date of experience: September 2013
2  Thank jillpickle23
Reviewed 3 September 2013

The Bow River Walk is right along the banks and considering the flooding the city went through this past spring it was an extraordinary place to enjoy. Flowers EVERYwhere! wide walking and biking lanes. several bridges to cross. It was just the nicest place I've...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Great river with fresh clean water directly from the glaciers in the Rockies. You can tube, canoe, kayak or even swim the river with little or no risk as it is quiet around downtown Calgary

Date of experience: June 2013
Thank DaneCanuck
Reviewed 29 August 2013

The river is open and floated the other day and it was amazing. It is the warmest I've seen it in years and clear, we swam all day. We usually rent from Lazy Day Rafts and launched from Baker park because Bowness Park is still...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Sparklejammer
Reviewed 26 August 2013

The Bow is generally quite a lovely river, not too aggressive, and rather blue because its source is glacial. But this year (2013) it became furious, muddy, and quite terrifying. It took over all the flood plain -- most of the people were unaware that...More

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Laurel R
Reviewed 21 August 2013

I like to run when I'm travelling. Once I made my way down to the valley I found the trails were really great for running. Check out the stairs on the north side of the river if you're in for a challenge.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank Vegaskev72
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Walk or ride a bike. It's very relaxing to walk along the Bow River. The paths could be longer. Stop and sit on a bench to soak in sunshine and admire this nice river

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank CeeBee130
Reviewed 12 August 2013

We liked Bow River when we visited Banff and the Icefield Parkway. Don't miss Bow Falls at Banff, it's a great site.

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank strandman46
Reviewed 5 August 2013

The recent flood has totally changed the bow river, you may have had your favorite spot but it is probably gone with something new to discover! Take a walk along the river and you never know what you are going to see, what an adventure....More

Date of experience: April 2013
1  Thank stephenavenue
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Bow river sets at the edge of the downtown district. Very peaceful and nice walk on the path next to the water.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank may1214
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18 June 2018|
Response from BenLar137 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I've seen people paddle board on it. The Bow River doesn't wind (but it is a meandering river), but there are places where the current does pick up - I'm thinking it might be very difficult to paddle board its entire... More
31 March 2018|
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Response from Riz Van H | Reviewed this property |
There are Rocky Mountain centres in many main attraction sites of Alberta for your guidance, Then there are Travel Alberta centres and websites that can help you plan your trip [mimicking if their plan doesn't suite your... More
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Response from Paulyo83 | Reviewed this property |
The Bow River starts in the Rockies and goes through the north part of downtown Calgary. In the summer, you'll see many people in the city floating down the river in inner tubes and little rafts.