Bow Valley Provincial Park

Bow Valley Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country: Address, Bow Valley Provincial Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Bow Valley Provincial Park
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YHZGlobetrotter
Waverley, Canada763 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Family
We had a much-needed post Covid family camping vacation at this beautiful park. We rented an RV and had it towed to our site. The views and waterways were outstanding. There was a shower and modern washroom close by. Our grandchildren (both teens & littles) found plenty to do. The paved roads were great for riding their bikes. We had fun campfires each night. So much history and natural beauty to absorb. It was a holiday we will all treasure for many years.
Written November 3, 2021
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PsychRN12
Calgary, Canada698 contributions
Jul. 2021
This place has both a campground and day use areas. The views are wonderful and there is lots to see and do. It is also close to Calgary so an easy drive for a day trip.
Written July 29, 2021
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada13,668 contributions
Jun. 2020
Although we have camped here before, it was a long time ago, so we can't comment on that end. But as a campground, the location is really good, but there is a railway and a railway bridge across the river that does carry some sound. We DO visit here quite a bit because it has wonderful trails and a couple of lovely ponds that make this a great place for an easy hike. Wildflowers abound here, and there are lots of birds. Our last visit was just a few days ago, and we really enjoyed our walk, seeing a lot of glorious spring wildflowers.
Written June 12, 2020
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ldydi2
Calgary, Canada50 contributions
Jul. 2019
Some of my hiking group when out there to walk around, have lunch and play a game of Boccee. It was a beautiful place with the mountains in front of us
Written November 8, 2019
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Laurel S S
Vancouver, Canada48 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
The location is beautiful and facilities are well maintained.

When we went to check in we were met with “are you checking in too? Then listen to this” as she gestured to the other camper ahead of us in line. No hello, nothing. Then she spat out the “rules” particularly regarding bear safety which I understand as there are many tourists but we live in the mountains in B.C., not everyone actually needs it and no one needs to be spoken to in the miserable condescending manner in which this staff member delivered the speech. All campgrounds in the national parks and bear country manage to convey this without being rude, I’m sure they can too.

We were in F loop. The sites were small, cramped and zero privacy. There was power and water but the washrooms were a good hike away so god help someone without a porta potty.

At $40 a night I was horrified by the $2 per five minute cost for showers and the gouging $10 bags of wood that literally sell everywhere else for $8 or less.

The $12 reservation fee is ridiculous as well.

As it was raining while we were there are we doused our fire before leaving, but I guess we neglected to stir and re soak because I got a nasty phone call informing me that we left our campsite in a “horrible” state (it was clean) and nearly burned down the forest because it was smouldering. Now, I understand the campfire rules but that was a gross exaggeration. My apologies of course for leaving it hot but there was no way that it was going to set the already wet forest on fire.

We camp for half the year and consider ourselves conscientious and responsible campers. The fire was doused well, just not stirred and re doused which in all seriousness does nothing but ruin tonight’s campers fire in the case of a rainy climate. If we were even in a moderate or high fire warning situation we bloody well would have, but the fire rating was as low as it can get. I recognize we should have been more carefully compliant but there was no need for the follow up phone call informing us that if we returned we would be “watched”.No worries sweetheart, there is zero chance of us returning.
Written July 15, 2019
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada13,668 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This is both a popular campground and a nature preserve. The campground is not plush, it has all that you need, and the location is great. We visit here more for the nature walks. We recently visited the Many Springs Trail, and had great views of the mountains along with so many kinds wildflowers we lost track.
Written July 1, 2019
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jonathan k
Edmonton, Canada401 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This was one of the greatest trips we have ever had.
We found the campground while searching for local campsites after a bunch of brilliant boaters ruined our last campout.
Since there is not a boat launch here, there are no boaters.
The entire camp ground is available through reservations only and there are no sites that are "walk in".
Since we were in the area, we drove through several of the loops and really liked what we saw in "A".
Loop "A" is not serviced and is more likely to have people who enjoy tenting (like us).
When we got home and checked availability, others had beaten us to the punch and all weekends spots were reserved.
Since we had the ability to go mid week, we found one of the spots we had noted as being great and reserved it for 5 nights.
We got to the park and checked in at the store and got the card to place at the campsite then proceeded to our spot.
There were very few others in the loop and we set up camp and began to enjoy the serenity.
Countless birds and squirrels played all around and the sound of the mini rapids of the river were extremely peaceful.
Although wildfires were burning in northern Alberta, there was no ban in the park and we were able to enjoy a camp fire (in the ring) and cooked our smokies to perfection.
The first night was a bit cold but it warmed up each day (and night) after that.
Our neighbors were from all over, Ontario to BC.
Some had dogs other children.
Some were extremely quiet, others not so much.
Some left first thing in the morning to go exploring the surrounding areas and didn't return until it got dark.
We did have one period of rain that confined us to sitting under the tarp (a great addition) and in our tent.
Nothing serious and the area can always use a bit more rain.
We walked and drove around in the park and loved every minute.
We had a chipmunk that came to visit our camp every day and, as we were packing up to leave, it tried to sneak into our tent to come home with us (we stopped it).
When we got up at 630 there were two deer in the next site munching down of fresh sprigs.
They stayed around for about an hour then wandered away only to return a few minutes later.
Needless to say, packing was placed on hold while we watched them and talked to them (really, they understood us).
We did hear a generator off in the distance on the last day but there is nothing to prevent someone from cranking one on other than the quiet time from 11pm till 700 am.
We got lucky.
We cannot wait till we return again
Written May 31, 2019
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Alan N
Calgary, Canada168 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
In early May there is still a bit of snow on the trail around Middle Lake but the ground is solid enough to avoid mud in most parts of the path. The walk starts at the edge of the lake then rises about 40m and loops back to the lake to return to the parking lot. It's about a one hour leisurely hike and the silence in the forest zone is the highlight.
Written May 8, 2019
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CaptTrouble
Hudson, WI7,825 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Couples
When traveling between Calgary and Banff, we drove through this gorgeous provincial park. Established in 1959 in the arch of the Bow River and at the confluence of the Kananaskis River, it features memorable mountain scenery. I would’ve liked to have explore more!

Written March 22, 2019
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada13,668 contributions
Oct. 2018 • Couples
Although so much has shut down at this park, a few things are still accessible. We had just finished a hike nearby and didn't spend too much time in the park, but did check things out. Just off the highway is a lovely short hike called "Montagne Trail" that goes into the woods near the admin building. There are pit toilets there and good parking. The road to Middle Lake is fun to drive, nice sweeping curves through the woods, gorgeous views of Mount Yamnuska etc. Middle Lake is a beautiful tiny alpine lake with a pretty hike around it. There seems to be a new facility in this area of the park, a Canadian Rockies Learning Centre, so we don't know if this is open all year, and if they will keep the road to it ploughed clear over the winter. In the past, when the snow falls, they closed the road nearer the admin building...
Written October 21, 2018
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