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 . The lagoon is used extensively for skating in the winter.
The park closed in 2012 for redevelopment. West side of the park reopened in November 2014. The park is expected to open fully by summer of 2016.
What to do at Bowness Park?
Things to do at Bowness Park Calgary
Stroll along the river trails.
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 (expected to be open by next summer) 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: $10.00 and Sharpening: $8.00. See link above for more details.
When to visit Bowness Park?
The west side of the park is open. The lagoon is open for skating.
Skate Shop: Winter Season – Dec 25, 2015 – Feb 15, 2016
Friday 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
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.