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Bow River

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Address: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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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Photo ops and nice walk

Even in winter, the path along the Elbow / Bow River is cleared so dog walkers, strollers and joggers can access. Nice view down to the river, and views of bridges dotted with... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Thornhill, Canada
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Thornhill, Canada
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364 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Even in winter, the path along the Elbow / Bow River is cleared so dog walkers, strollers and joggers can access. Nice view down to the river, and views of bridges dotted with groups of Canadian geese back a bit too early

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Burien, Washington
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450 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Calgary did not excite us all that much. After going to the museum, we decided to walk along the river. Three hour free parking on the street made it easy. Calgary was still recovering from a snow storm so we had to watch our step with lots of slick spots. It was a Thursday and first sunny day in awhile... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The natural views in this area are incredible. Peacefulness and serenity surrounds you. If you like to fly fish, this is the place for you.

Thank Kanng17
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9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Big river in pure nature area, grate place to walk on a river side, picnic, and a one our trip by boat animals can be watched early morning and in afternoon.

Thank Assaf K
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love the Bow.. During all seasons it's beautiful. Calgary is a very lucky city to have such a beautiful river bisecting the city. The pathways and wildlife make it even better. The river is a great place to just go and gather your thoughts.

Thank Will N
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you're in Calgary and a flyfisher you need to fish the Blue Ribbon bow it's a beautiful river to drift fish. You will hook into some nice Rainbows and Brown trout.

Thank Ali- M
Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

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.

Thank Annie9098
Red Deer, Canada
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 December 2016

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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95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 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 

Thank George C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

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

Thank Red997

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