About Bowness Park Calgary
Bowness park is located on land donated to the City of Calgary in 1911 by John Hextall. In olden days, there were a number of facilities in the park including swimming pool, scenic railway, the lagoon for canoeing and boating (with a fountain and central phonograph), a large dancing pavilion, a merry-go-round , picnic tables and shelters, swings and teeter-totters, camping sites and cabins which could be rented by the week or month . Fast forward to today, boats for rent, fountains , and trains (till 2012) still exist.The lagoon is used extensively for skating in the winter. In summer, the picnic sites and open spaces for ball games are popular, as is a mini-golf.
The park closed in 2012 for redevelopment. On Nov 10, 2014 the west side of the park has reopened. The park is expected to open fully by fall 2015.
What to do at Bowness Park?
Things to do at Bowness Park Calgary
Stroll along the river.
Have a picnic while kids have a go at the playground.
In summer, go paddling in the lagoon
Go skating or cross country skiing in winter.
Children can enjoy the train ride or can play mini golf.
Fish in the river.
Who all can go & enjoy ? – Bowness Park has something for everybody.
How to get to Bowness Park?
Bowness Park Location & Directions
Located in the neighbourhood of north-west quadrant of Calgary on the Bow River in Bowness, the park can be reached by Bike (bow river pathway), car and public transport.
The bus routes to Bowness Park with stops within half a kilometer are route 1, 407,40 & 305.
GPS : 51.095949,-114.216167. Click here or use map tab for directions.
How long will to spend in Bowness Park ?
Time required to see Bowness Park – One hour to three hours.
How much will it cost ?
Bowness Park Admission & Other Charges
The park is free.
Skate rentals & New Tea house details – TBA
When to visit Bowness Park?
The west side of the park is open as of Nov 10, 2014. The lagoon will be open for skating this winter 2014/15 – Opening date TBA.
Bowness Park Hours
The park hours are 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.
What about Amenities, Access & Parking?
Playground. Shelters. Restrooms.Picnic areas (can be booked) .Fire pits and BBQ stands.Cafe.
Wheel chair accessible
Free parking onsite.