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Top Things to Do in the Bow Valley

Aug. 30, 2016
By Where writers

The Bow Valley has tons of things to do. From hiking trails with quaint tea houses to fishing, watersports and visiting cute husky puppies there’s something of everyone.

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo credit: Paul Zizka

Tea House Hikes

Need motivation to get up the mountain? Half day Lake Agnes or Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House hikes both start at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Views of the  lake reward en route, while benefits at these rustic backcountry destinations include decadent desserts, hot soup and loose leaf tea. A longer hike, the Highline Trail connects the two tea houses.

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo credit: Paul Zizka

Fun on a SUP

“I’m hooked on stand-up paddle boarding,” says Where writer Afton Aikens. “Gliding on crystal waters, I gaze up to the majestic mountains and down to the mesmerizing lake bottom. Favourite places to SUP include Vermilion Lakes accessed from the Banff Canoe Club dock (rentals on-site), Spray Lakes near Canmore and Barrier Lake in Kananaskis.”

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo credit: Hydra River Guides

Rollercoaster Ride

The Kicking Horse River Lower Canyon offers almost continuous class 4 rapids that require rafters to paddle as a team. Turbulent waters, hairpin turns, towering walls and camaraderie amongst fellow rafters make for a sweet, adrenalin-charged trip.

Tons of Trout

The Bow River fishery is recovering nicely from the 2013 flood. “It’s full of fat brown trout that are fun to catch and release, but there still aren’t really big ones,” says Banff Fishing Unlimited guide Anders Roussy. “Lake Minnewanka remains one of the best lake trout fisheries
in western Canada,” he adds.

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo Credit: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Puppy Love

Romp and play with over 100 Indian, Inuit and Siberian huskies (and Alaskan malamutes, too) in the Snowy Owl free run. This is more than fun; both dogs and humans get healthy exercise and social experiences. You can also interact with the animals at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. Both include time with adorable youngsters.

Vegas in the Rockies

Stoney Nakoda Resort east of Canmore hosts the area’s only casino. There’s buffet dining, simulated golf and heli-tours.

See more Bow Valley and Jasper activities and tours.

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