Bow Falls, Banff

4.3
#5 of 48 in Parks in Banff National Park
Witness a raging torrent of white water at Bow Falls. Listen to the hypnotic roar as the water tumbles down the dramatic cascade. Though not particularly high, the falls are wide, and the power on display is undeniable. If you can handle some stairs, the trail continues beyond the falls and is worth exploring for a peaceful stroll where you might spot some wildlife. Nicely accessible from a nearby carpark, the falls offer something for everyone to enjoy. Arrange your visit to Bow Falls and discover more family-friendly attractions in Banff National Park using our Banff National Park trip maker tool .
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  • A very nice scenic place to go while in Banff. It is a little way from the main street so I recommend driving here. Parking can be difficult at times. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • It is a major world tourist spot and it is free to visit. So if you are in Banff, you pretty much need to see this so you can say you did. Not the greatest but it is well known. I have been about 20 t...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful! Must see! Though frozen (mostly) it was a great view and the guide we had was super knowledgeable!  more »
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  • Nice little waterfall. Easy to get to. Not to be mistaken with Bow falls in bow lake which has a far larger waterfall.
  • Wonderful place to hang out and for river sports etc. Clean waters and fresh air. Must visit!
  • Absolutely wonderful trail that that takes you from Banff Avenue to the Bow waterfalls. Looks amazing as you travel along side the Bow River and watching it develop as a waterfall
  • Beautiful falls a short walk from downtown. Go early, especially in the summer as anything after 10a is busy, busy, busy.
  • Most amazing and beautiful fall

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