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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Lots of summer tourists, but I understand why. Just remember NOT to get out of car to take pictures- if bears get used to seeing you, they will endanger their own future by coming closer to towns.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I spend many days fly fishing the river from my drift boat. There are Rainbow Trout and Brown trout that frequently go over 20 inches. The fall scenery is spectacular as the bushes change color. There...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    A beautiful scenery around , nice mountain range , slow flow of water , also went to see Bow Falls , this was awesome with nice point of view for photos  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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