Waterfall Valley – Bowmont Park

Elevation Gain: 50m
Distance: 1km Boardwalk (In & Out) – Several dirt trails 

Perfect for: Walking toddlers & carriers

Who knew that you could escape the city without ever leaving? Just off Silver Springs Blvd near the Silver Springs Arena in the NW, lies a beautiful coulee by the name of Bowmont Park. Not only does this inner city haven have a 1km boardwalk that leads to a waterfall and lookout point, but it also contains  a variety of dirt trails that are perfect for walking and/or single track mountain biking.

We didn’t pick the most beautiful time of year to explore the park (early May) however it did not disappoint!  The endless amount of streams, vegetation (the crocuses were in full bloom), and the waterfall kept the kids entertained and excited the whole way.

The waterfall is actually the source of Tufa which are underground springs that make their way to the surface. This leads to rich, lush greenery in the summer.

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We made it to the waterfall in good time and quickly ventured out to the lookout point. Keep a close eye on little ones here since there are some openings in the fence that go down to the river. You can also continue to an optional, higher lookout point on the edge of the hill. With kids in hand, our troop (ages 2-4yrs) climbed it on their own and were rewarded with beautiful views of the river and more importantly, the train—which was a highlight for my son!

This place is definitely on my list for summer adventuring. Not only am I excited to see it in full bloom, but I’m looking forward to trying out the single track too!

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