Bow Falls - Town of Banff - Hiking Alberta

 

Bow Falls in April near Banff Springs Hotel, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Bow Falls is an iconic and popular attraction adjacent to the Banff Springs Hotel in the Town of Banff, Alberta, Canada.  As waterfalls go, Bow Falls will never be classified as extraordinary but the white frothing water. easy access and energy from negative ionization attract like a magnet.  

The area hosts a matrix of trail combinations and elaborate rock steps complemented with a wooden beam railing climb along and over the elaborate rapids to wide, well-traveled trail leading along the Bow River into the Town of Banff.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Water levels are very low and uninspiring water flow on the shallow falls is channeled through rows of rock.  The 'bay' at the river turn, bracketed between Tunnel Mountain and Mount Rundle, and normally used for launching raft trips, is uncharacteristically dry and people are walking on the dry bay bottom and a maverick snow patch which is stubbornly resisting unseasonably mild temperatures.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Normally, Bow Falls is a more substantially robust roaring torrent of white water generating clouds of mist that coat canyon walls and occasionally the rock steps and pathway.  This day presents the serene and civilized version.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaBow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaBow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Once over and past the rise, wide, flat and well-traveled trail leads along the shoreline of anemic water flow in the Bow River.  Occasional patches of snow resist the heat along the shady side of the river but trail is dry with the occasional damp patch.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaBow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The river-side trail leads to a new footbridge over the Bow River and into a dramatic view of Cascade Mountain which leads to pathway along the other side of the Bow River and a path directly to the shopping district area along Banff Avenue.  Upstream a short distance the historic concrete bridge brackets taller, snow capped mountains to the west in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Lunch at Tony Roma's in the Town of Banff is excellent in a town which hosts tourists from around the world year round and offers a full range of eating establishments from fast food and family to gourmet fine dining.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaBow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The walk back via the same route offers excellent views of Mount Rundle past the uncharacteristically and nearly dry river beds of the Bow River.  For anyone who has aspirations to try hiking, this short, easy jaunt along the Bow River is an ideal place to begin.  There are hundreds of kilometers of civilized trail in the immediate vicinity which provide the ability to choose the time and distance.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The Banff Hot Springs are near the trail-head for Sulphur Mountain.  For the 2016 season the Sulphur Mountain Trail is closed to hiking until the beginning of May while construction on the gondola and restaurant facility proceeds in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the National Park system in Canada which began here at Banff National Park in 1885.  The partial opening date for the new and improved Banff Gondola is May 1 with graduated increments to the Grand Opening Ceremony scheduled for August 1, 2016.

 

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

There is time left in the day to hike the short, flat Fenland Trail near Vermilion Lakes at the west end of the Town of Banff before returning to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

This days visit to Banff is motivated by the opportunity to meet popular Calgary artist, Linda Wilder who, this week, is resident artist at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont in the Banff Springs Hotel.

Photographs for this post were taken at Bow Falls in the Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada on April 17, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Such a shame to see the Bow River this low. I assume it is unusual for this time of year. It looks a beautiful day to be out and about.

Bow Falls is unusually low and although there is still plenty of snow at higher altitude in the mountains, it remains to be seen how the runoff will unfold.  An unusual year. Thanks for your comment, Helen.

I belong and am new to a hiking group... And I enjoy the outdoors ....I have family coming to visit the west, and bucket list is to show and hike Lake Louise! My question is how to get a hiking trails map? Thank you.

Remy, you can get a Gem Trek map for Lake Louise and Banff National Park at nearly every outdoor store. You do not say where you are from but Gem Trek maps are also available from Amazon, and Map Town in Calgary.  Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Banff and Lake Louise will also be able to provide a host of helpful information.

I'll be in Banff first week in June. First time going. Cant wait to get there !

You are in for a treat.  Wishing you great weather.

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