We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Elbow River

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Review Highlights
Great bike ride

We parked at Sandy Beach and rode are bikes along the Elbow River to the Bow River. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dan M
Calgary, Canada
Always Beautiful

Whether for a bike ride, a walk with your dog or simply by yourself, this is a truly beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Calgary, Canada
Read all 25 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“bow river” (6 reviews)
“kananaskis” (2 reviews)
“float” (3 reviews)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Write a Review
Reviews (25)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 23 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

We parked at Sandy Beach and rode are bikes along the Elbow River to the Bow River. Beautiful scenery and some nice houses and gardens. I'd say one of the most scenic paths in the city. Also relatively flat (few hills) so very easy bike...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether for a bike ride, a walk with your dog or simply by yourself, this is a truly beautiful place in Calgary.

Thank FrenchNana
Reviewed 24 May 2017

When I'm back in town after a business trip, the first drive I need to do is to the river...when the weather's good bike along the city's pathways and enjoy the solitude, the birds, the people on the paths, the excitement with the kids playing...More

Thank Vajeed A
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The other reason for Calgary is the Elbow River, and Calgary is where they meet. The Bow isn't as mighty as some rivers, but it drains thousands of square miles in southern Alberta, and is rated as one of THE trout streams ("streams"! HAH!) in...More

Thank Rick G
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This little river hardly imagen what damage can caused with floding like 2013,Still Some houses not finished from the flood nice walking area and the river site nice parks can see very expensive houses well maintained gardens

Thank John R
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Our family has gone floating down the Elbow River a few times. It's great to start at Sandy Beach Park and then exit after the 4th street bridge. You are going to float past some of Calgary's premiere real estate so if you love looking...More

Thank tkriese
Reviewed 16 November 2016

The area between 4th Street (26th Ave) and 1st Street -- the Elbow curves around -- beautiful views. The paths are fabulous for walkers and runners alike. Can't wait to see it in the summer!

Thank Altius10
Reviewed 14 November 2016

A shallow river so safer for swimming and floating than the Bow. Last year there were some health warnings so don't swallow:) There are a few beach areas now that can be assessed if you know the spot to go. The easiest is probably just...More

Thank Ethnic-Visitor
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fantastic pathways along this short but meandering river from the Glenmore Reservoir(Sandy Beach) to Inglewood were is meets the Bow River. There are various parks and neighbourhood that border this river.

Thank Larry J
Reviewed 8 October 2016

In Calgary, the Elbow River is not quite as accessible to the public as the Bow River is. There is a pathway from the Glenmore Dam to Fort Calgary, where the Elbow River meets the Bow River. But there are many properties that flank the...More

Thank BenLar137
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Elbow River staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines