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     BOW FALLS

 
Beneath the famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is gushing Bow Falls.  Follow Bow Falls drive from Banff.  Downstream the Bow River merges with the Spray River on its journey to the Atlantic Ocean.  Hikers information is below.

Bow Falls
Interesting to note is that the falls and river are bisecting two very different rock formations, one of which is 70 million years older than the other.

 
 Hike to Bow Falls
The Bow Falls trail is one of the easier hikes allowing you time to stop and enjoy every minute.  From the Banff Bridge walk south. Follow the river which naturally brings you to the Bow Falls.  The Banff center can be seen on Tunnel Mountain ahead and to your right is Rundle Mountain.  View the falls tumbling below.  Carry on to the parking lot and picnic area below where you can view the falls tumbling over the rocks from a new angle.  Those wishing, can cross the parking lot to stairs that lead up to famous Banff Springs Hotel.

MARILYN MONROE AND ROBERT MITCHUM SHOT A MOVIE NEAR HERE CALLED "RIVER OF NO RETURN".

While filming here she sprained her ankle. It is said that each morning the bellmen would draw straws to decide who would be the lucky one to bring Ms. Monroe down in a wheelchair to her waiting chauffeured car.


Banff

Humans have lived here for about 12,000 years. The first settlers moved into the area as the last great ice-age came to an end. At the same time several local species of animal became extinct including wooly mammoth, camels, cats with sabre-like teeth and other species.


Bow Falls

Other Falls in Alberta
ATHABASCA FALLS
TAKAKKAW FALLS
JOHNSTON CANYON

Athabasca Falls     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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