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Fun For Free

Sep. 2, 2016
By Afton Aikens

Exploring the Bow Valley doesn’t have to drain your wallet. There’s plenty of things to do that let you see the best of the area without costing a cent.

Take your bike on a scenic cycle path or go for a swim at a beautiful lake beach. Wander through local markets, historical sites and viewpoints and entertain the kids with activity packs and shows. Let the free fun commence!

Bow Valley, things to do for free

Two Wheels

Paved bike trails include Banff’s 4-km Sundance Canyon, 27-km Legacy Trail between Canmore and Banff and 11-km Bill Milne Bike Path from Kananaskis Village. The paths have stunning viewpoints and no other vehicles, promising a blissful ride. Rentals are available at low cost from local sports outfitters.

Bow Valley, things to do for free

Photo credit: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis


Mingle with locals and vendors at Banff and Canmore farmers’ markets. There’s fresh food, local produce, arts and crafts, and live music.

Gawk & Walk

Amongst thousands of sights are Bow Falls in Banff, the historic Canmore Engine Bridge and iconic Lake Louise. Kids love Parks Canada’s Xplorer Booklet activities and searching for Parks’ red chairs at viewpoints. Go for a walk! Trails are everywhere.

Photo credit: Mountain WIT, Parks Canada

Photo credit: Mountain WIT, Parks Canada

Cultural Connection

History is displayed at Fairmont Banff Springs’ Heritage Hall, or grab free brochures for self-guided Banff and Canmore town walks. Laugh with Mountain WIT theatre troupe. Attend a free Banff Centre or Canmore artsPlace event.

Get Wet

Take a dip at Johnson Lake in Banff (a favourite with locals) or Canmore’s Quarry Lake. Both have beaches.

See more Bow Valley and Jasper activities and tours.

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