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Bow Falls

Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Waterfalls
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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Must go destination. We went in April and part of the lake was still frozen, therefore, we were able to walk right out to the middle of the lake.

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Banff, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Good at any time of the year, but much prettier in the Winter. Don't follow the Darwin Award candidates out onto the ice at the Falls. Please simply enjoy walking around on solid land and try morning light for the best photos. High water in June is also impressive. Walk the riverside trail and get the view from 200m up... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Follow the river to and past the Bow Falls and lookout. You can follow the river for kms, and the trails are well maintained

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Lethbridge, Alberta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The falls are pretty spectacular when they're flowing but in winter they take on a whole different character. Mostly they're frozen but there's always a piece thats flowing and they make great pictures and screen savers!

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Winnipeg
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We always go to Bow Falls and take a few photos (subjective...at least 10 or more). Some days it can be quiet busy with tourists but aim for early morning...there are fewer people around and you'll get better photos without other people photo bombing them. Our last visit was quite surprising. We were the only people there! Seriously! It was... More

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Apex, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The entire trip took us about two hours in the winter. Definitely wear ice cleats or yaktrax/korkers at a minimum, we found slippery areas. The frozen falls are beautiful and numerous. You do not need a tour guide as the trail is well marked and safe. Remember that park facilities are closed in the winter, although there are pit latrines... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

An easy walk out the back of the hotel past the waldhaus pub. This is beautiful and a must on a sunny day.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

So beautiful…make sure you walk to the top! There are kayaks available to rent at the bottom of the falls.

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New Brunswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

awesome to see the bow river and how it comes down over the falls, very breathtaking and a chance for great photos!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Seeing the Bow Falls frozen over with a little river running from it was a very pretty winter site. It is an easy to get to view with walking trails around the area

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