Bow River
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This feisty waterway is popular for its adjacent walkways used by walkers and bicyclers.
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,638 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
There is something soothing about having a river run through a city. A river can be good photographic subject matter. It can cool things off somewhat. It can wind its way around nice areas like Prince's Island Park. The Bow River does all these things.
Written June 6, 2023
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874CM
Calgary, Canada14 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
A great way to relax and cool down in the summer is to take a float down the "Mighty Bow". Paddle boarding and kayaking is another activity that seems to be growing on the Bow as well.
Written April 3, 2013
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Mr&MrsAdventure
Huntingdon, UK183 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We saw the river on a number of occasions throughout out trip. Always rushing by and looking cold. It pops up along the roads. We were that it is the longest river in Canada but changes it's name as it travels across the country.
Written June 11, 2018
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Cathy G
Bellemont, AZ7 contributions
May 2017 • Family
To see the Bow Rive in its spendor, take the Bow Valley Parkway. The Bow Valley Parkway is worth the drive for the splendid scenery. I understand there is wildlife abundant in the area, but we only encountered a couple of elk...which were beautiful. The drive is slower, 50 kph through most of it, but worth it. There are stops along the way including Johnston Canyon which was phenomenal and a relatively easy hike from the parking lot. The drive follows the Bow River through the forested beauty of Alberta. We took it to and from Lake Louise and enjoyed every minute of the quiet. Go early though, as all gets busy as the day progresses.
Written June 4, 2017
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Bckingfisher
325 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
Just across the bridge on route to the Nordic trax is a small parking lot in Canmore.
The Bow river snakes thru town and at this lot you can park and access the Bow. Parking is free. Walk under the bridge and fish up river towards the hydro plant.
You will see where the river forks and at this point the fishing is good.
We sat in our chest waders in waist deep water casting fast sinking fly lines.
The most productive attractant for me was a olive wooly bugger with gold head.
This produced large browns
Make sure to look at your feet!
Twice I found trout sitting just meters away from my feet.
Unsure at first, I poked at one with the tip of my fly rod and it scurried off!.
It's was sunny and ppl walking the trail behind you always ask "how's the fishing"?
I'm not used to a lot of traffic but I learnt to just go with the flow.
Great day, friendly locals, beautiful surroundings, clear water.
Pretty dam great day!
Written May 21, 2017
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PokerWebfoot
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
Aug 2012
Very good catch and release fly fishing for large trout below the city of Calgary. Numerous fishing guides available for float trips, but also some public access spots available for bank fishermen. Contact local fly shops for details.
Written January 23, 2013
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TravelSkeptic43
Calgary, AB163 contributions
Dec 2012
TripAdvisor keeps prompting me to rate things. When I saw the Bow River I just couldn't resist. It's a RIVER folks. What is there to rate? Well, OK, it's clean and for the most part doesn't smell. I'll give it two roundels for that. Other than that it's too shallow to do anything useful on, isn't pretty (at least not when passing through Calgary), it floods almost every year, and every year people have boating accidents, fall in, and sometimes drown.
Written December 20, 2012
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Jim T
Medicine Hat, Canada287 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Kayaked from Bowness to the Peace Bridge in downtown Calgary, had an absolute blast! Some fast water and some calm! Lots of people out but very calming
Written August 26, 2020
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W0zza
Frankfurt, Germany54 contributions
Jul 2019
If you have time, drive out to the Rockies - about an hour outside of Calgary, where you can see the Bow at it's source.
Written August 17, 2019
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Jane Doe
50 contributions
Jul 2018
Unless it is coming over it's banks it is gorgeous! Think of all the actives boating, fishing, canoeing, hiking, sightseeing, picnics and swimming. So close to Calgary.
Written June 6, 2019
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