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 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.
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 but you have to pay for skate rental, boat rental, train ride and golf.
Cost: $3/person – 2 years and older, under 2 free
Pedal boat: $20/half hour, $30/hr
valid photo i.d. and $20 deposit required on all rentals half hour rentals only on busy weekends.
$5/pair (size 1 and smaller), no time limit $8/pair (size 2 and up). no time limit
Half price rentals from 5 – 6 p.m.
skate sharpening – $7/pair
stabilization bars – $8/each, no time limit valid photo i.d. is required for all rentals
Recheck rates – here
When to visit Bowness Park?
Currently closed for flood recovery. Expected to open in November 2014.
Bowness Park Hours
The park hours are 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, but timing varies for boating, skating, train rides etc.
ParkSide Café and Family Amusements will close during inclement weather which includes extreme temperatures (rain, snow, temperatures below -10 Celsius).
Call ParkSide Café 403-286-8668 for information.
Miniature train: Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend (closed during winter season): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 7 days/week. Train runs every 30 minutes
Boat rentals: Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m, 7 days/week
Mini golf: Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend (closed during winter season): 10 a.m. – 9 p.m, 7 days/week
Skate rentals: Open during skating season only (typically mid December – mid March): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.7 days/week
What about Amenities, Access & Parking?
Playground. Shelters. Restrooms.Picnic areas (can be booked) .Fire pits and BBQ stands.Cafe.
Summer Hours: Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.7 days/week
Winter Hours: December to end of skating season (Closed from Thanksgiving to early December to prepare for the winter skating season) and first weekend in April to Victoria Day: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.7 days/week
Wheel chair accessible
Free parking onsite.