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  • Louise Masin Sattler
    Los Angeles, California1,361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring your camera- this falls and walk is very picturesque
    A beautiful walk along a mostly even pathway leads you to the falls UNTIL you reach numerous sets of wooden steps. This makes it not accessible from the pathway that originates downtown. A lovely way to spend a few hours in Banff.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • lesliebauman
    Kirkland, Washington1,003 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk from Banff village. Follow the signs
    Walked from Banff village along the river with a wonderful art nature walk along the way. There are some stairs up and down along the way but it’s basically pretty flat. Easy with nice views. Worth your time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful East Access Falls
    This was a beautiful fall. It took so long to just get parked. Longer than we were there. Watch out for the parking agents.. they ticketed a lot of people. Park only where there’s lines to park. It took about 15 mins to park so saw them take photos a lot of cars 😆 As far as the Falls they are right off the road. With that said very easy for people to flock too. SO MANY people and So many who think it’s photo session time. Take your photo and move. So many in the water that makes it hard to get a clean shot. I would have loved to have spent a little more time there, but just TOO many people hanging out long term. We were there less than 5 minutes.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Anne D
    Sydney, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful and accessible falls and lake
    You can easily reach the Bow River Falls by #2 ROAM bus which runs once and hour to the falls. The falls themselves are easily reached from the shore and then the lake opens out. The float tours (all completely dry thanks to a wooden floor in the big zodiacs) and kayak trips leave form here and go one way down the river and then the guests are transported back by shuttle. It's a very popular place for families in the local areas too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • teile m
    Airmont, New York15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banff is amazing
    Easy walk along the Bow River to the falls. The Art in Nature was an added benefit. There were some spots where you could put your feet in the water! And benches to rest and enjoy nature. Lots of other people on it
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • JMHan
    Irvine, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    Beautiful place to visit in Banff. It’s about 1.4km from the downtown. It also has enough parking spaces for visitors. Unfortunately there are no public restrooms. Don’t forget to stop by at the surprise corner viewpoint which is the other side of the river. It’s another spectacular view.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • MrandMrsICHBI
    England, United Kingdom476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant walk
    Walked along the bow river trial from Banff to the falls. A scenic walk with some steps & inclines. It is a gentle round trip of circa a hour or less depending on speed and stops for photo’s. Along the way there are numerous art displays. The falls themselves are picturesque but don’t expect anything like Niagara Falls but worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,978 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk to the falls
    You can get to Bow Falls by walking down the beautiful Bow River Trail. Walk down the main street of Banff to the beautiful Cascade Gardens on the other side of the bridge, crossing the Bow River. Turn left (before the road) to get on the Bow River Trail. Walk down the trail approx 20-30 minutes to reach the falls. This is a very easy, mostly flat walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • booking123
    1,515 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    We took roam bus 2 to falls but you can walk the trail 1.7 miles takes 39 minutes. Falls are spectacular. There are about 400 or more steps to climb if you want to look at the falls from the top. Falls are very scenic
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Peter V
    Market Bosworth, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    You can hear the falls from a distance. An art trail takes you there and on a cold sunny day a memorable experience. Foot paths well looked after. Well worth the walk from centre of Banff
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
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Happy camper
Calgary, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The views on this pathway are stunning and the path is extremely well maintained - very impressive maintenance throughout.
Written 1 May 2024
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Trevor J
58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Worth the (well signposted) riverside re
walk. Also worth the steep climb to the Banff Springs Hotel, their coffee shop isn't cheap... but worth the walk.
Written 25 April 2024
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Cynthia N
Sacramento, United States16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Was beautiful and very peaceful in the middle of winter. Was just a short stop for the view, but well worthwhile. The information boards were interesting and worth stopping to read. I would guess in the summer it would be lovely and offer some hiking around the river/falls and canoeing or kayaking on the river.
Written 15 February 2024
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Marc W
Weymouth, UK1,949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Bow falls.

It probably took us an hour or so to walk through the park to the falls from the centre of Banff as there was plenty to see en route.

We visited during the autumn, so it was also fairly quiet, so you could sit by the base of the falls and enjoy the noise of the water.

Written 3 January 2024
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Rod H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Banff is a perfect centre for exploring the Rockies - rivers, mountains, wildlife and wonderful people all make a stay in Banff an enriching experience. Although very crowded during the holiday season, it is easy to get out and about away from the crowds by walking, using the Roam bus services or tours. There is plenty of accommodation possibilities and a wide choice of eateries. If you go off the beaten track, make sure you stay safe - take advice and take bear spray!
Written 19 November 2023
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Peter V
Market Bosworth, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
You can hear the falls from a distance.

An art trail takes you there and on a cold sunny day a memorable experience.

Foot paths well looked after.

Well worth the walk from centre of Banff
Written 2 October 2023
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Mike W
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Bow Falls are amazing. Stunning views from Bow Falls View Point rather than Surprise Corner on the other side of the falls - the view is restricted and has unstable cliff edges. We viewed from both.
Written 2 October 2023
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DerekLewis62
Winchester, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The beautiful and well maintained trail from Banff village down to Bow River Falls is delightful. The return trip was about 2.7 miles and took around 90minutes.
Written 2 October 2023
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Kim B
Canterbury, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This trip is free!
Just need to walk from Banff to the river where the falls are signposted
Stunning falls. The walk there is really beautiful too.
Written 29 September 2023
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Angela V
Chicago, IL78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
So many gorgeous sights around Banff. Just get to whichever ones you can. Mountains, waterfalls and glaciers, we loved it all.
Written 25 September 2023
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