cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.
Whether you are staying 1 night or 1 week, or longer this is an amazing campground. Large pull-through sites with full hookup and some back in. The washrooms are clean and bright, laundry facilities on site are well maintained The grounds are well maintained and the staff is very friendly. There are some full time campers, but their sites are well maintained. We start and finish our camping season here every year since we purchased our trailer. You are next to the river and theres a sports complex next door. Lots of walking and biking paths as well as a short drive to all that Cochrane has to offer, including Cochrane ice cream. I know we'll be there to start our season next year.
Campground well maintained, a little hard to find and tons of home and apt. construction all around the campground so noisy and dusty during day. Even with construction would have given 5 stars but ran into a "shower loonie" situation I'd never heard of or seen before, and definitely not a fan. Seems this campground has pay showers...and for 5 minutes of shower time you put in two Canadian "loonies" (dollar coins). We have a shower in our motor home but I sometimes like the extra space in a campground shower. This campground charges for showers, yet if I shower in RV at campsite, I'm still using their electricity (heat water) and water, and all I want---not 5 minutes worth. Whether I shower in our RV or in their facility, logic indicates to me the expense is virtually the same for campground, or maybe even less if not in RV. Don't understand the pay "loonie shower" logic other than to rip off campers. Much as I liked the campsite and was willing to overlook all the heavy construction mess, will DEFINITELY not be back to this loonie place... Too bad what I consider to be a poor management decision ruined any future stays by us...
This is what RV campgrounds should be like. Clean, good camping space. I really enjoyed our stay. The staff was very helpful. The location next to paved walking and biking trails is great.
Will be back.
We were only here for one night on our way east but thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Top notch resort. Extremely well maintained. Beautiful landscaping. Excellent location along the river. Excellent dog walking path along river. Friendly staff. Highly recommend this RV Park.
We arrived at around 12 noon. Check in time is 1pm. Although our site had been empty for at least a day before we arrived, according to our relatives that arrived the day before, we were not allowed to enter the site until 1:00 pm as the site is being "cleaned". We walked into the site. It was vacant and clean. We returned to the office and said it looked clean to us. The woman there said no one is allowed to enter their site until 1 pm NO EXCEPTIONS. So instead of being able to set up on our site and have our lunch, we had to sit around in a parking spot along with a half a dozen other RVers who arrived before the arbitrary 1 pm. Many parks and RV campgrounds have check in times, but all that I have encountered will let you into your site before check in time if it has been vacated. This RV Campground's RULE isn't very customer friendly. At the very least, their website should say NO EXCEPTIONS before 1 pm. Then I may have made alternate arrangements for my arrival time. I will not come here again and would caution anyone wanting to stay here about this very unaccommodating rule.
Otherwise it is a well maintained and very regulated campground.
Bow Riversedge CG was one of the top 5 campgrounds we have ever stayed at, and we have stayed in hundreds of campgrounds around the US and Canada over the past 8 years. The staff is friendly and accommodating, the campsites are clean and poop-free, the grass is cut regularly, a bike path is 50 feet out a closed gate, and the Bow River is 200 feet away. Groceries and all services are nearby. What's not to like???
Very nice campground. The sites are very close together such that you can hear the neighbours conversations and music and they were not talking or playing their music loudly at all. They do have hedges separating the sites so you can’t always see your neighbours.
This is a nice, well maintained park. There is almost too much vegetation for large rigs. It is very quiet for sleeping and sits next to the Bow River for easy, beautiful walking.
Like most parks, they use camp hosts in the front office. Here, like most places, I find these employees rude, inflexible and generally displaying an attitude that they don't want to help you nor do they want to be there. As friendly and helpful as most RV'ers seem to be, apparently most of those who work while camping do not share that trait.
Very well kept campground. Sites are spaced nicely and hedges between the sites provide for some privacy. Pet friendly and nice area to walk your dog along the river. This is the second time we have stayed here and we will be back.
this is a great park! the sites are a good size with hedges between sites allowing for privacy. the place is well maintained and clean. the one edge of the rv park property is along the bow river - very pretty area (and the area is a pathway for walkers, bikes, and off leash for dogs). can walk to downtown Cochrane from rv park. we loved this place (and so do our dogs :-)
Nice, newer, clean park. Good for big rigs. Plenty of room for our 38 foot with tow. Taller trees on both sides for privacy. Very nice off leash dog area. Nice, clean laundry - pricey ($3 Canadian per load) A bit difficult to find, as it is at the end of a road, behind a sports complex.
One of the top five campgrounds on our 94 day Alaskan adventure. Excellent facilities, outstanding staff, wonderful walking trail adjoining the RV park, sites were very level, easy pull throughs and more than adequate retail, food, and fuel opportunities. Limited number of 50 Amp sites, so book early if that's important to you. This is one of those RV parks for which reservations are highly recommended, especially since caravans stay here en route to Alaska.
We always enjoy our stay at this facility. What impresses us most are the well manicured sites, proximity to Bow River and access to Canmore. Our only concern is the $2 charge for showers. We feel when you have already paid for water, you should not pay again for bathroom/shower services.
This is the best run campground at which I have ever stayed. Everything is operational, extremely neat, up-to-date, and exceptionally clean. Abuts the river and great paved trail. These people should teach others how to run a great campground!
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Response from Bow RiversEdge Campground
10/24/2017 11:09:48 AM
Thanks for the great review! We love what we do here and love to make people feel welcome and safe at our campground! Hope to see you again next summer. Lots to do in our backyard of Alberta!
Reviews: 20 Helpful Reviews: 18
Date of Stay: September, 2016
Large well maintained campsites with asphalt roadways and privacy provided by hedges and trees. Clean restrooms and showers. Convenient access to Calgary yet located in a quiet area adjacent to the Bow river. This is a wonderful camp ground.
We stayed at BRE several times this past summer, but September was our last stay. We are repeat customers because we thoroughly enjoy our stays here.
The sites are landscaped very nicely providing some privacy and all of them have grass and gravel for the RV. They are a little narrow, but still room to move around with slides on both sides of the RV. The location of the fire pits in some of the sites is inconvenient - closer to the road rather than really in your site - but it's a small complaint. No major roads around it, so the campground is very quiet in the evening.
One of the nicest features is the location to the Bow river and a beautiful walking path and off leash area for dogs. We've walked this path many times and never tire of it. Watching the dogs running and playing on the path is also very entertaining! A huge rec centre is also nearby - easy walk.
There is a building with BBQs, tables, chairs and a large grassy area that can be rented for large groups, family reunions, etc. for group gatherings, meals, entertainment, etc.
The staff are friendly and professional. The grounds are really well cared for and the washrooms are exceptionally clean.
Two thumbs up for this park for sure!
Great place, very well maintained. A bit pricy, but the RV Parks are pricy around Calgary. Walking/biking distance from the town of Cochrane (26,000 population. Right on the Bow river, beside a very nice Sports Centre. Kids park. 20 minutes drive to Calgary
This is a beautifully maintained park on the edge of the Bow River (as the name suggests). Each site has a grass area, extra gravel parking for the tow vehicle and guest, a picnic table and fire pit. The sites are separated by shrubs and trees. The sites could be wider but units with slides on both sides will fit on the gravel pads leaving adequate room for the picnic table, awning, lawn chairs, and BBQ. The best feature of this park is the distance from any busy roads (it is at the end of a street) and is sided by an industrial yard and a rec center (so very quiet at night) and the river. Between the river and the park fence is a paved walking trail and off-leash dog park. Our dog loves the freedom to run, snoop and meet new four-legged friends. There is good access to the river downstream from the RV park. A visit to Cochrane Ranch historic site and to MacKays Ice Cream are recommended if you visit the area.
We just completed a five and a half week, 15 state and 1 province trip. This was by a considerable margin the finest RV park we stayed in. We did not have reason to use the restrooms, but I checked them out and they are immaculate. The property is adjacent to the Bow River and there is a very nice walking/biking trail along the river. We had a full hookup site which had lovely greenery separating it from the next sites.
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