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Elbow River

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-268-2489
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Lazy Sunny Days

A great little river to float down on a hot, sunny day. Be sure to stop at Sandy Beach along your... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Calgary, Canada
Calgary's little gem

In Calgary, the Elbow River starts in the Weaselhead Natural Area, and connects with the Bow River... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada
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“stanley park” (2 reviews)
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great little river to float down on a hot, sunny day. Be sure to stop at Sandy Beach along your way.

Thank touchup2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Calgary, the Elbow River starts in the Weaselhead Natural Area, and connects with the Bow River, Calgary's major river, at Fort Calgary. In between there are a number of parks, but a lot of the riverside here is dedicated to residential use and a...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 23 September 2017

This is absolutely the best way to spend a hot Afternoon and/or Evening in Calgary! We have heard of people floating down the Calgary rivers, but when you see the Bow River its pretty intimidating if you just want to relax and drink a beer...More

Thank SupermanRockstar
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We rented a raft and took it to the Elbow River to float down from Sandy Beach Park. The water level was so low, that all four of us (me, my wife, and the little boys) had to get off and portage the raft every...More

Thank Trippme
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The elbow river is one of the major rivers in the city of Calgary. You can float this river either with your own tube or rent. There are a few parks along the way that permit you to get out stretch your legs and have...More

Thank Sylvie B
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The Elbow river is slow moving with lots of rafting ,swimming and wading. Scenery is wonderful and walking and bike paths are long and peaceful. You and your kids can have a fun filled day on the Elbow.

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Starting where the Elbow meets the Bow at Fort Calgary you can ride an easy bike path along the river past the Stanpede grounds and with a few diversions through some very posh neighborhoods to Riverdale Park and onto Sandy Beach Park. Or come the...More

1  Thank Simon B
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The city of Calgary bike paths, especially those along the Elbow and Bow Rivers, are very pleasant. One can perhaps reconnect with a little bit of nature along the river. Sometimes there are waterfowl - mallard ducks, mergansers, geese gliding on the river. Many Calgarians...More

Thank Richard289
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We parked at Sandy Beach and rode are bikes along the Elbow River to the Bow River. Beautiful scenery and some nice houses and gardens. I'd say one of the most scenic paths in the city. Also relatively flat (few hills) so very easy bike...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Whether for a bike ride, a walk with your dog or simply by yourself, this is a truly beautiful place in Calgary.

Thank FrenchNana
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