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Bow River, Calgary

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#5 of 36 in Parks in Calgary
Descending from the Rocky Mountains and snaking toward the ocean, the section of Bow River provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, primarily rainbow and brown trout. For fly fishermen and fishing enthusiasts, the river provides ample opportunity for fishing. Boats are also used on the river; canoes and inflatable boats are popular choices. The Bow River pathway alongside both banks throughout the city is popular for cycling, hiking, and jogging. To visit Bow River on your holiday in Calgary, and find out what else Calgary has to offer, use our Calgary trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • We saw the Bow River for miles and miles and it is just breathtaking. We took a motor coach and a train along it.  more »
  • First time I went to Banff I fell in love with the Bow River. Every time I find myself in this little town , I always make sure to make a pit stop to sit by the River. Plenty of benches and little hid...  more »
  • Beautiful pathways for walking and biking to experience views, fall foliage and the Bow River r located along this’s river. There r pathways of varying degrees of difficulty that offer different viewp...  more »

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Where to stay in Calgary

South of the river is where most of the action happens in Calgary, and that's where you'll find the best selection of places to stay. Downtown, the central neighborhood located on the river's southern bank offers the widest range of choices, with access to several of the city's major metro stations a big plus. For arts, nightlife, and quality of living, go to The Beltine, known for its cafes, restaurants, arts, and entertainment. If you're just visiting the city briefly but want access to onward transport links, choose accommodations located close to the city's international airport.
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