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, train, 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 east side will remain partially closed until the 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 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. Stabilizer bar $6 per day See link above for more details.
Per Person $5
Family (2 adults, 2 kids under 18) $10
Children under 2 Free
Pedal Boats, Canoes, Kayaks Rentals
1/2 hour: $15 – $20
1 hour: $20 – $30
2+ hours: $30 – $40
When to visit Bowness Park?
Bowness Park Hours
The park hours are 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.
Train Rides – Summer until Labour Day
Daily 11 am – 6:30 pm
(Last train at 6 pm)
Holidays from 10 am – 8 pm
Boat House: June to Labor Day: Thursdays – Sundays in June & Daily in Summer.
Skating: Winter Season – Dec 25– Feb 15
Friday 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
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.