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“Sit, Relax, and Enjoy the View!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bow Falls

Bow Falls
Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
(403) 762-1550
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Ranked #10 of 72 things to do in Banff
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Winnipeg
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“Sit, Relax, and Enjoy the View!”
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 great to have the place all to ourselves. Of course, this was probably due to the very cold temperatures. Also, while you can usually get a great view of the falls - flowing or frozen, this time around it was snowed over. So, a little disappointment but having the place to ourselves was a super treat!

If you're staying at Banff Springs Hotel, you can walk to it. If you're staying further in town, a quick ride on the happy bus (called by another name now) or a short taxi drive will get you there.

There's also a walking trail - with stairs. It's closed during the winter for obvious reasons but if you go during warmer months, be sure to check it out.

Visited March 2014
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Apex, NC
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“Incredible in Winter”
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 available if you need them. The drive from Banff took at about 45 minutes over well plowed (but not snow free) roads.

Visited February 2014
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Carmel, Indiana
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“beautiful”
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.

Visited August 2013
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“Gorgeous place to "take a hike"”
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.

Visited September 2013
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“nice to see”
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!

Visited September 2013
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