Vacations are the absolute best. You don't have to worry about any of your day-to-day responsibilities, you get to eat out at restaurants, and you get to explore an entirely new place. If you're anything like me, you want to be out exploring 24/7, but by the middle of the vacay you find that you're quite tired from all of the walking, bussing, training, etc. 

Planning a trip to Calgary? What if I told you that you can get a tour of the entire city while lounging on a lazy river and getting your tan on at the same time? It's the absolute perfect way to see the city and get some relaxation in at the same time, not to mention have an amazing day with friends!

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Floating the Bow is an essential summer activity for Calgary locals, and it's no wonder why. It's one of the most awesome ways to spend a beautiful sunny Albertan day! The Bow River runs directly through the city, giving you gorgeous views of both the suburbs, parks, and the downtown skyline itself. You even get to float underneath the iconic Peace Bridge! 

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The way to do it is to get a bunch of friends together (or whoever you came to Calgs with), and rent a raft from Lazy Day Raft Rentals. They will provide the raft, paddles, life jacket, and bailing kit. 

Next, you'll need to coordinate vehicles. You will need to have a vehicle ready to pick you up at your ending point (usually people get off at Fort Calgary), as well as a vehicle to get you to your starting point (if someone can pick you up at the end, that's PRIME). 

Now that all of the logistics are taken care of, make your way down to Bowness Park to inflate your raft and set off on your relaxing rafting adventure!

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Things to bring: SUNSCREEN, bathing suits, water, snacks, towels, a waterproof bag/ziplock for your phone, sunglasses, other beverages of your choice. 

Happy rafting!

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