Bowness Park

Bowness-ParkBowness Park is one of the most versatile parks in Western Canada. It is a vast urban park on the Bow River in Bowness. It is famous for picnics and boating in summer and ice skating on the lagoon in winter.

John Hextall donated the land to the City of Calgary in 1911. It consists of two islands in the Bow River, separated from the south bank by a narrow channel.

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132 Waterside Court
132 Waterside Court, Rural Rocky View County
$3,999,000 - 7 Beds, 9 Baths, 5,559 Sf

MLS® # A1068891

149 Bearspaw Meadows Way NW
149 Bearspaw Meadows Way NW, Rural Rocky View County
$2,699,000 - 5 Beds, 6 Baths, 4,312 Sf

MLS® # A1022140

8 Wycliffe Mews
8 Wycliffe Mews, Rural Rocky View County
$2,380,000 - 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,735 Sf

MLS® # A1064265

305 Creekstone Rise
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305 Creekstone Rise, Rural Rocky View County
$2,299,900 - 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,940 Sf

MLS® # A1067698

147 Watermark Avenue
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147 Watermark Avenue, Rural Rocky View County
$2,299,900 - 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,580 Sf

MLS® # A1063354

5 Damkar Drive
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5 Damkar Drive, Rural Rocky View County
$2,250,000 - 7 Beds, 7 Baths, 4,821 Sf

MLS® # A1058267

23 Stoneypointe Place
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23 Stoneypointe Place, Rural Rocky View County
$2,140,000 - 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,803 Sf

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116 Lynx Ridge Road NW
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116 Lynx Ridge Road NW, Calgary
$1,999,900 - 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,594 Sf

MLS® # A1076868

360 Spyglass Way
360 Spyglass Way, Rural Rocky View County
$1,957,000 - 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,843 Sf

MLS® # A1047178

41 Waters Edge Gardens
41 Waters Edge Gardens, Rural Rocky View County
$1,899,900 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,385 Sf

MLS® # A1063330

6628 Bow Crescent NW
6628 Bow Crescent NW, Calgary
$1,849,000 - 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,964 Sf

MLS® # A1047495

5867 Bow Crescent NW
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5867 Bow Crescent NW, Calgary
$1,825,000 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,866 Sf

MLS® # C4287243

Century 21

What is there to do at Bowness Park?

Visitors go to Bowness Park because of the plentiful activities and facilities. The park has a playground, shelters, restrooms, bookable picnic areas, fire pits with BBQ stands and a Cafe. The river trails are suitable for strolling and are wheelchair accessible.

The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre works with the City of Calgary to operate the boathouse, train rides and skate rentals at Bowness Park. Boats are available for rent on the lagoon.

The ridable miniature railway line opened in the early 1950s but shut down in 2013 because of heavy flooding damage. The park administration eventually got a new train after subsequently repairing the track. It reopened in 2016 and has been operating seasonally since.

The newest addition to the attractions here is the 1.6-kilometre skating trail with rentable ice bikes. Calgary was the first city in Canada to offer winter cycles, which are traditional bikes mounted on a sled-like platform.
Ice bikes are available for rent from the Bowness Park Skate Shop. Visitors can rent adult and children-sized bikes, and helmets are mandatory for those under 18.

People can skate in the lagoon or at the new ice trail or cross country skiing in winter. You can also try out the unique ice bike experience.
A playground is on the east side of the park. There's an open space for ball games and a mini-golf. People also use the park for launching boats on the Bow River.

How big is Bowness Park?

Bowness Park is valued as the preeminent leisure, public gathering, and recreational resort for Calgarians for over 100 years and has evolved through time with the community's needs.

The park covers approximately 30 hectares of land and has two kilometres in length. It is on the Bow River's south bank in Bowness.

The site comprises a relatively flat and long alluvial island separated from a residential enclave via a narrow channel. People can reach it via a bridge from 48 Avenue.

Where is Bowness Park Located?

Bowness Park is located in the northwest quadrant of Calgary on the Bow River in Bowness. You can reach the park by bike, car and public transport.

The park provides free parking on-site for those who prefer to bring their cars. Commuters can take the bus routes 1, 407,40 & 305 to Bowness Park with stops within half a kilometre.


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Listing information last updated on March 6th, 2021 at 11:15am CST.