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Bow Falls, Banff National Park

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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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  • Most of the falls is frozen over but it is still beautiful with the water breaking through in these warmer climes. 
    Most of the falls is frozen over but it is still beautiful with the water breaking through in these warmer climes.  more »
  • You could visit every day of the year but it would never be quite the same place. An ideal destination for Day 1 of your trip to Banff. Take a bow Bow Falls. 
    You could visit every day of the year but it would never be quite the same place. An ideal destination for Day 1 of your trip to Banff. Take a bow Bow Falls.  more »
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  • Don’t be turned away by the shortness of this waterfall - its roaring and powerful. Got some cool slo mo videos. This hike was very confusing to get to. We originally tried going for sunset, but were unsure and it was getting dark. So we went the next morning. We parked in the SMALL parking lot for surprise corner lookout and got there early enough there was one spot available. Most people just park there for the surprise corner lookout, which is pretty short, so cars are coming and going for parking spots to open up. We parked there, went to the surprise corner lookout, then walked all the way along the highway to Bow Falls, which was very out of the way because we had to backtrack once we crossed the bridge. I would recommend parking near the bridge on bow river and going from there. There is also a path from downtown banff parking lot across the street from patagonia, but you have to pay to park there. The actual hike is pretty fun, but people everywhere and getting in the way. The path goes along bow river until you get to the falls. There are railings at the end that might get in pictures. Overall pretty cool spot but way too touristy.
  • Beautiful place to visit while in Banff. There’s parking next to the falls or you can park at the parking of the Banff Springs Hotel and walk 15 minutes to get to the falls.

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