About Glenmore Reservoir & Parks, Calgary>
Built in 1932, the Glenmore Reservoir is a large artificial reservoir on the Elbow River in the southwest quadrant of Calgary. A primary source of drinking water to the city, the dam is a concrete structure that holds back the reservoir and controls the downstream flow of the Elbow river. South Glenmore Park is the area surrounding the south side of the reservoir which includes the Weaselhead Natural Area. North Glenmore Park borders the north side of the Glenmore Reservoir
Weaselhead Flats is a 237 hectare natural environment park that borders the west end of the Glenmore Reservoir and connects South Glenmore Park and North Glenmore Park. – Source calgary.ca & Wikipedia
What to do at the Glemnore Reservoir and Parks?
Activities at Glenmore Reservoir and North/South Glenmore Parks
1. Fishing (see hours and rules under the section – when to go)
2. Glenmore Sailing school,located in the south Glenmore Park is the largest sailing school in Canada and has sailing programs. It has sail boat rentals and boat stall rentals.
3.Boating – It is an excellent place for boating as docks and launch ramps are available. Boating is allowed only during daylight hours.
4. South Glenmore Park has Picnic area & shelter, tennis courts, polo fields, bike and hiking trails. It also has a variety Children’s Park, a playground and water park that is accessible to disabled children.
5. North Glenmore Park is the home to both the Calgary Canoe Club and Calgary Rowing Club. The University of Calgary Rowing Club (UCRC) also share Calgary Rowing Club’s fleet of shells. The park has picnic areas, firepits and BBQ stands, pedestrian and bike trails throughout.
6. Cross Country skiing is allowed at both North and South parks.
7. Bike along the perimeter of Glenmore Reservoir. 37th St SW Pathway- connects South Glenmore Park to the west end of Fish Creek Provincial Park. See the bike path map here. (Glemore path in the bottom left hand corner ).
Who all can go and enjoy ? – Everybody. One can hold private functions like birthday parties and book the park and picnic sites.
How to get to Glenmore Reservoir & Parks ?
Location & directions to Glenmore Reservoir – Glenmore Parks-Docks and launch ramps
GPS location: 50.989167, -114.113611
The Glenmore reservoir can be accessed through various points.
South Glenmore Park
90 Ave. & 24 St. S.W. Glenmore sailing school – 8415 – 24 St. S.W,Calgary, AB- T2V 3N8.
GPS location : 50.975048,-114.118897.
The south park and the Glenmore sailing school can be accessed by Calgary transit route 79 with stop no. 6427.The boat rentals and stalls are here.
North Glenmore Park
7305 Crowchild Tr. S.W., GPS location : 50.987396,-114.119371.
Directions – Take Glenmore Trail to Crowchild Trail South. Continue to follow Crowchild Trail south into North Glenmore Park.
Calgary Canoe Club and Calgary Rowing Club is located here : 6449 Crowchild Trail S.W.,Calgary,T3E 7C6
The east entrance is accessed by calgary transit with route numbers 18,47,63 with stop number 5692 and the west entrance with stop number 4597. Verify before travelling.
Docks and launch ramps : In addition to ramps at north and south parks, boat access to the Glenmore reservoir is available at Heritage boat launch on Heritage Dr. West of 14 St. S.W which is near the Heritage Park.
Address – 8003 14 St. S.W, Calgary – T2V 5A8.
GPS coordinate : 50.979047,-114.095124.
How long will it take to see the Reservoir and Parks?
Time Required to Visit – One to three hours each park depending on interest.
How much do the visit cost?
Admission fee/ Rental fees Glenmore Reservoir and Parks
Admission – Free
Sail boat rental: $30.00 per hour to a maximum of $90.00 per day from Glenmore Sailing school
Day Cruiser rental : $150.00 per hour from Glenmore Sailing school. Only accepts cash and check.
See here for boat stall rentals.
Canoe rentals –
Calgary Canoe Club : On reservoir canoe rentals for non-members are $35 for the day or $25 for a half day (after 3 p.m. or under 3 hours).
One hour rental rate – $15.00.
The rental fee includes the use of paddles and life jackets.
When to visit Glenmore Reservoir / Parks?
Hours Glenmore Reservoir / Parks
Glenmore Reservoir opens May 1st (if clear of ice) and closes October 31.
Operational season, subject to weather:
May 1 to the September long weekend, daylight hours 7 days / week
September long weekend to October long weekend, reduced hours 7 days / week
October long weekend to Oct. 31, reduced hours weekends only
The North and South Glenmore parks are open daily 5:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Fishing Hours - Glenmore Reservoir
Glenmore Reservoir Fishing: No fishing from docks or ramps (fishing is permitted in non-motorized boats and along the shore)
May 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout limit 5; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Bait fish not allowed.
Nov. 1 to Apr. 30 – CLOSED
What about Amenities, Access & Parking?
Washrooms – Heritage Park boat launch,Calgary Canoe and Rowing Club, Glenmore Sailing School, Variety Park at South Glenmore Park. Washrooms are locked overnight.
The trails are wheel chair accessible.
South Glenmore Park is a great venue for hiking and fall colour walks.
Free parking available on site.