Beautiful blue Bow
Murray, with grandchildren in tow – takes us to the Bow. “Feeling the spray of the Bow River in Banff – beautiful , wet and ccccoolldd! It was definitely zip-up time standing beside that cold glacier flow. My youngest grandson toyed with the idea of a wade – something his older brother insisted was ‘not’ a good idea. All it took was a hand in the frigid water to convince him to stay on dry land.” Wise! Find out why the turquiose colour of the Bow – below.
I'll only go in "this far" Grandpa!
DID YOU KNOW? The name “Bow” was given to the river by our First Nations people. They used the reeds that grew along the banks to make bows. The Peigan name for the river is “Makhabn”, that means: ”river where bow reeds grow”.
And that river IS cold! No wonder, it comes from the Bow Glacier, which is part of the Wapta Icefield. ((The Wapta Icefields spread for many miles from Lake Louise to BC)). From the glacier, the Bow River flows south to the village of Lake Louise, turns east and flows through the towns of Banff, Canmore and then the city of Calgary. The water continues to travel south and forms the South Saskatchewan River when it joins the Oldman River near Grassy Lake & Medicine Hat. Still moving, the river continues east – eventually spilling into the Hudson Bay through the Saskatchewan River, Lake Winnipeg, and Nelson River.
The incredibly beautiful turquoise colour is caused by glacial silt. Underneath the glacier, rocks are grinding together, and that creates “rock flour”. This “rock flour” is carried to the water and is suspended (because it is so fine) – It refracts sunlight and is seen as brilliant turquoise.
- Bow River route
YOUR TRIP MAY NOT TAKE YOU AS FAR AS THE BOW RIVER, BUT ONCE YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT … WHO KNOWS WHERE YOU WILL END UP?! THAT’S WHY IT’S VITAL YOU RECORD YOUR ROUTE FOR BT AND BLOG HISTORY. UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO TODAY.