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Bow River

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Address: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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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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Wonderful place to picnic, walk along or kayak.

Have been down the Bow many times kayaking. Love it. It is wonderful that it is right in the middle of the city. Easily accessible.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Annie9098
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been down the Bow many times kayaking. Love it. It is wonderful that it is right in the middle of the city. Easily accessible.

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Red Deer, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an awesome river to be driving over if you are in Calgary. It's named bow river because it's filled with bows. Great attraction.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

As far as rivers go, the Bow River is not that impressive. It is closer to a large stream. However, the city pathways along the river offer walking alternatives to the model city for urban sprawl. Perhaps you can ignore the fact that the city is designed for cars instead of people and do a walking tour of Calgary, starting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Best place to picnic in summer with kids, family and friends. Lots of activities for kids, kayaking, etc,...

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

A must! It's so beautiful, especially during fall! Pictures don't do it justice. I want to go back in the summer!

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

This is a normal river separating parts of Calgary.Nice mountains can be seen in the distance.Lovely trees abound both sides.

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

There are more than a few great spots around Calgary to sit and enjoy the beauty of the Bow River. Never under estimate the power of this ever changing river. In the summer months, the Bow becomes a haven for tubing however danger lurks with it's under tows, currents, branches and rocks and caution is advised. Never trust the ice... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This is a beautiful river running through Calgary, great for long rafting trips, very popular with the fly fishermen, and I have lived near it, and walked, and swam my dogs in it, for over 30 years. Hard to review, having walked beside it winter, summer, and everything in between, for years, it has been glorious, and crappy, sometimes in... More 

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Warwick, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Travel to Alberta and bc on honeymoon and enjoyed lots of beautiful views of natures finest outdoors

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Quite and good pathway for nice evenings walking ,also you can cycle,walk for hours.good for family and have got bench can sit n relax

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