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5 Ways to Have The Ultimate Bow River Experience In Calgary


Picture this: It’s a beautiful, sunny day and you’re floating down a clear, turquoise river on a raft with your best friends. You’re not in the mountains – you’re in the downtown of a major city and, when you’re done, you park your raft and head out for cocktails.

If you love the outdoors, but also want to explore all that the city has to offer, the Bow River in Calgary is an absolute must try experience for your travel bucket list.

Here’s 5 ways to slay your river adventure:

Plan your Day – Get to Know the Bow

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The Bow River runs right through the middle of Calgary, lining the north of the city centre and has a ton of great spots to check out along its banks. If you want to have a great afternoon floating around, start your river trip on the west end of the city in Bowness, you’ll float right by some of the city’s most unique neighbourhoods – like Kensington, Chinatown, the East Village, and Inglewood.


Get Wet and Go by Raft

This is one of the most unique ways to experience the Bow River. Get your friends together, book a raft and float through the middle of the city for some fun in the sun! Make sure to bring life jackets and sunscreen – Calgary gets more sunshine than any other major city in Canada. Check out Lazy Day Raft Rentals for easy raft bookings and help planning your river route! They’ll even meet you on the other side of your journey, so you don’t need to bring your raft back to your starting point.


Stay Dry and Go by Bike

Prefer to stay on the land and explore the river by bike? Nomad Gear Rentals is a gem for anyone who loves the outdoors in Calgary. Book the gear you want, and Nomad will drop it off at your hotel (or wherever else you might be) and then they’ll pick it up for you when you’re done – easy as pie!


Eat & Drink

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Some of Calgary’s best restaurants and bars line the Bow River. River Café, situated on Prince’s Island Park, serves up seasonal menus sourcing local ingredients with an absolutely magical floral setting on the island. The restaurant’s dishes are created with the idea that the ingredients from the Bow River and its surrounding landscape.


Stay Close to the River

To make the most of your adventure, the Sheraton Suites Eau Claire Calgary is the perfect place to hang your hat. This beautiful hotel is just steps away from the Bow and cool places like Prince’s Island Park and Chinatown. Oh, and did we mention it’s pet friendly? Andrew Knapp and his buddy Momo of Let’s Find Momo fame stayed here while he was in Calgary, so it’s also pooch approved!

You can watch Andrew and Momo’s Calgary adventure in their Far and Wide episode here!

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