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Flowing Water Trail, Bow Valley Provincial Park

by Karen Ung

Flowing Water Interpretive Trail, located in Bow Valley Provincial Park, has boardwalks, stairs, a marsh with beaver dam, and river all packed into a 2.4 km loop. Go in summer for the wildflowers and camp at nearby Willow Rock campground or Bow Valley Campground! There’s great rafting on the Kananaskis River too! For more hikes in the area, please see our story: Bow Valley Provincial Park Camping and Recreation Guide.

Flowing Water Interpretive Trail At a Glance

  • Distance: 2.4 km loop (official hike is 1.4 km, access to trailhead is 1 km return)
  • Elevation Gain: n/a
  • Time: Allow 1 hour
  • Nearest washrooms: Willow Rock Campground
  • Stroller friendly? No (narrow trail with stairs)
  • Trailhead: Near shower building. The sign says 0.5 km to Flowing Water Trail


Directions: Head west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1), until you get to the Exshaw / Bow Valley Provincial Park exit. From Hwy 1x, take your first right into the Willow Rock Campground. The hike is only 78 kilometres (just under an hour) from Calgary!
Parking: Park at Willow Rock Campground (near the showers)

Bring extra clothes and towels if you want to play by the river! There is no official river access, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb down to the water’s edge (just past the interpretive sign about rusty water). Since this is a short hike, I highly recommend going for a picnic at Middle Lake after the hike!

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