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Address: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Description: 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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Melting snow makes magic in the river

We weren't sure how big the river is or what is its significance. But spending time up the Calgary tower we saw it shimmering in the sunlight, and sweeping round the centre of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Googong NSW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We weren't sure how big the river is or what is its significance. But spending time up the Calgary tower we saw it shimmering in the sunlight, and sweeping round the centre of this great city. Very picturesque.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Bow has over 60km of paved pathways which is an ideal playground for walkers, walking the dog, jogging, training and cycling in excellent setting along the Bow River

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a huge area with many pathways (the Bow River Pathway must be many miles long in total, throughout most of Calgary down by the river, and above on its banks). You can see meadows, forests, pelicans, geese, ducks, bald eagles, pheasants, herons, not to mention the very common magpies, crows and gulls. As well, the river is approachable... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Calgary's pathway system borders both the north and south sides of the Bow River in the downtown and Beltline areas and beyond. Parks and green space along the river is plentiful. From 10th Street NW to the foot bridge east of Fort Calgary, there is great infrastructure that allows pedestrians to enjoy the riverside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I enjoy walking along the bow river with the dogs. The water is not stagnant therefore there are less mosquitoes, if any. There are not a lot of access points to the river, and it can be very strong at times.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

As long as it isn't flooding, it is a great place to go tubing in the summer! One look at the river on a hot sunny day, and you'll see plenty of people of all ages floating down the river enjoying themselves.

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calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you love fly fishing or just being on the water, check out The Bow River, world renowned fishing in our own backyard. If you're not into fishing you can just rent a dingy and float the bow, lots if fun

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Lovely walks around the rushing river as it goes from Jasper N.P., through the prairie, on to the arctic drainage. The provincial parks out of Calgary are wild, authentic. In town the Bow goes past fine restaurants (River Cafe) and manicured parks. The new St. Patrick's Park on the East Village side of Calgary by W-Architecture is special.

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Yantai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Walk? Run? Bicycle? Roller blades? Take your choice. You can go for miles and miles along well maintained, paved paths that run alongside this fast moving river. I don't remember the coloured lights on the bridge at the base of Edmonton Trail, but they sure look great at night.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Even if you don't want to fish the world class water, a float on the Bow is a wonderful way to spend a summer day with friends and family. Depending how high the water is, and how fast she is running, you can spend 2 to 4 hours floating the north from Bowmont to Princes Island, or way longer in... More 

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