Who doesn’t love being a tourist? Whether you’re exploring a new region or just checking out a new spot in your hometown, there is nothing like taking an adventure into new territory. If you’re a native Calgarian or just stopping in for the weekend, rafting down the Bow River can give you a whole new perspective on this beautiful city. For your next adventure, we highly recommend getting your friends and family together and exploring the city from the river.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite and most iconic YYC spots you’ll float pass along the way from Shouldice Park to St. Patrick’s Island. Keep your eyes peeled and your phones ready to capture the beauty Calgary has to offer. Some of the spots are even worth stopping at to spend a few extra minutes exploring or maybe a snack break.
Angel’s Ice Cream & Cappuccino
No river raft is complete without stopping for a chocolate cone, even if your journey has only just begun. The cute cafe open in 1997 and has been a Calgary classic along the Bow ever since. They have a large outdoor patio, decorated with gorgeous flowers, with plenty of comfortable seating.
Old Firehall #6
Just a bit of Calgary heritage for you on your river journey. Firehall #6 is a heritage building that was constructed in 1906 and served as a fire station until 1967. The bricks used to construct this the 4,600 square foot, two-storey building were made locally at the Brickburn plant, the remains of which are located in Edworthy Park about a mile to the west of the Shaganappi Ranch House. There are also rumours that the old firehall is haunted.
You’ll get to float under the Peace Bridge, a pedestrian bridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The red and white bridge caused major controversy when it was announced; the price tag, the sole-sourcing of its designer and the long-delayed opening. The tubular bridge was manufactured in Spain and shipped to Calgary. Assembly of the bridge pieces started in Fall 2010 and the bridge was moved across the Bow River in November 2011. It has now become an iconic spot for Calgarians to hang out, cross the river and take photos.
The world class restaurant is the perfect place to end your rafting adventure and grab a gourmet lunch. They are dedicated to sourcing the best tasting local ingredients in season. Chefs and sous chefs practice artisanal techniques; we butcher, brine, cure and smoke by tradition, and add to that a contemporary approach and sensibility. The culinary experience is a journey through our region and through time, a taste of place. Located on St. Patrick’s Island, the location is prime for taking in the river and nature without the noise of the city, and the menu is to die for.
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