bow river floats calgary alberta 2021

Bow River Floats – Rediscovering an Appreciation of Simpler Things

By Kevin Hawes, Fly Fishing Guide

From the Rowers Box

Like everyone, I found 2020 to be a year like no other year. The Pandemic affected absolutely everyone, and mostly in negative ways. And, like everyone, I eagerly and impatiently wait for lifted restrictions and a return to a near normal life; if that will exist.

Throughout this upheaval, I have been trying to find some small positives, improvements, little upshots, lessons learned, etc. I surprised myself with the number of these things I could identify in my life.

As we all know, most people experienced severe restrictions in their activities and travels. We’ve been forced to spend more time indoors, tasked with finding new ways to entertain, distract, and motivate ourselves. This,  I believe, has led to an appreciation of the smaller things, and things we took for granted.

Rediscovering the Bow River

Smaller things like being outside for hours or even a whole day, doing something close to home, rather than screen time and the four walls of our homes. Taking for granted that we have the Bow River running right through our city, rather than staring at the fence in our yard or the building across the street.

What I noticed is that more people want to try something new or different yet affordable, close, and safe. So, I noticed that more people want to try fishing; and of course, fly fishing.

But fishing does not appeal to everyone.

Bow River Activities near Calgary

So, I was surprised that there are lots of people who just want to see the Bow River and all the beauty and splendor it offers. I did several trips last year where people just wanted to have a “bow river float”, not even try fishing, not even talk about fishing.

This was surprising to me.

What was even more surprising, was how much I enjoyed those trips too!

I was not bored, I was not tired, I just enjoyed the day with my people. And I learned to re-appreciate some smaller things, and things that I may have been taking for granted…an important lesson learned; positively. Also, as an experienced guide, I’m able to provide a safe experience for the whole family, allowing everyone to truly relax and enjoy the time on the water.

Introducing Our Guided Bow River Float Package

So, for the 2021 Fly Fishing season, we’ve introduced the “Bow River Delight” that offers the option of a half day or full day float on the Bow River near Calgary, Alberta.

Here’s some highlights from our new “Bow River Delight” float package:

This float trip is for people who want an intimate, yet relaxing outdoor experience. A fun, low energy way to get up close and personal with the beauty and splendour of the Bow River.

This is a fantastic way to do and see something different. City views, prairie views, an abundance of feathered and furred wildlife, as well as endless blue skies and fresh air are some of the things you can expect to see while the soothing sound of the guides oars dip in and out of the gently flowing water.

A Unique Guided Float Trip for the Whole Family

Designed for couples, friends and families, our float trips offer comfort and enjoyment as a top priority. Rather than sharing a wet raft with a dozen or so other people, you will enjoy your guided trip on the Bow River from a modern, comfortable and stable drift boat.

Our boat(s) can seat 1-4 passengers comfortably; you will not have to share your experience with others. Perfect for couples, friends, family, corporate clients, or other small groups (multiple boats/guides available to suit your group size).

Enough Talk – Let’s Float!

I’m looking forward to sharing time with you this season, whether we are fly fishing or just floating, we can share an appreciation of these simple pleasures that can only be found on the waters and riverbanks of the Bow River.