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Summer activity idea: rafting the Bow River

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Jack Hauen Jul 21, 2016 5:25 am

What could be better on a hot Calgary day than floating lazily down a river, surrounded by pillowy inflatable goodness?

Not much. If you want to beat the heat this summer, you might want to try rafting down the Bow River — it’s a relaxing way to spend a Sunday (or weekday) afternoon with a couple buddies, and best of all, it’s 100 per cent free if you own your own raft and life jacket.

If not, there are rental companies that have your back. Check out Lazy Day rentals, who charge $55 for a four-person raft up to $125 for a 12-person one. You can also rent rafts from Sports Rent.

Make sure you’re safe, though. Always wear a life jacket, and always check conditions before you go out on the water. The City of Calgary has some more safety tips on their site.

Heads up: transporting booze or being intoxicated in the river is technically illegal, so… you’ve been warned.

Rafting down the Bow River

What: A perfect way to cool off and relax on a hot summer day. Grab a raft and lifejacket (yes they’re required) and sail away to leisurely paradise.
Where: Can start from Baker Park or Bowness Park
When: Whenever you want
Cost: Free with your own raft and life jacket, or you can rent from Lazy Day Raft Rentals


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Jack Hauen
Jack is a fourth-year UBC student, coordinating editor of The Ubyssey, and two golden retrievers in a human suit.

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