About Prince’s Island Park Calgary
Spread over 20 hectares and named after Peter Anthony Prince, the founder of the Eau Claire Lumber Mill; the Prince’s Island Park Calgary is an urban park in an island on the Bow River.
The Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company dug a channel (now the lagoon) to get logs from Kananaskis closer to the Calgary sawmill, resulting in an island.
The land was purchased by the City from the remaining Prince family in 1947 for development of park land.
What to do at Prince’s Island Park ?
Things to do at Prince’s Island Park
1. Enjoy one of the many festivals held as it is home to festivals and events like Calgary Folk Music Festival, Shakespeare in the park, Carifest, Canada Day celebration, Heritage Day celebration, Afrikadey, Expo Latino and Barbecue on the Bow.
2. Enjoy a picnic amongst the lush and green park while children have a go in the playground.
3. Canoe in the river.
4. Hike, bike, take a stroll , roller blade or skateboard along the pathway and hiking trails.
5. There are water fountains and flower gardens to see.
6. Enjoy the foliage in Autumn and skate in the lagoon in winter.
7. Plenty of Canada Geese, mallard ducks to view.
8. Learn about wildlife, habitats, how a wetland works, and water quality in the Chevron Texaco Learning Pathway, an environmental educational pathway on the east end of Prince’s Island Park. The pathway winds around a constructed wetland designed to treat storm water before entering back into the Bow River.
9. Shop at Eau Claire Market.
Who all can go and enjoy ? Everybody
How to get to Prince’s Island Park?
Prince Island Park Location & Directions
Address : 4 St. & 1 Ave. S.W., Calgary
In DD : 51.053057, -114.076748
In DMS : 51° 3′ 11.0052″, -114° 4′ 36.264″
Located on an island on the Bow River, immediately north of downtown Calgary, the park is linked by three bridges to Eau Claire and downtown Calgary and a north bridge to Memorial Drive and the community of Crescent Heights.
It is part of the pathway and hiking trail system lining both sides of the Bow River.Primary access to the island can be attained by a number of footbridges as part of the Bow River pathway.
Limited access is available to vehicles from the Princess Island Causeway that connects to the corner of Eau Claire Ave and 6th Street and delivers traffic to the west end of the island. However vehicle access to the park is restricted during events.
Downtown C-train (route 201 & 202) takes one ~ 700m nearer to the park. The nearest stop is 7617 of the routes 31 & 419. There are few other options with stops less than half a kilometer away. Check Calgary transit
How long will it take to see Prince’s Island Park?
Time Required to Visit – Half an hour to two hours.
How much will it cost to see Prince’s Island Park?
Prince’s Island Park Admission – Free
When to visit Prince’s Island Park ?
Prince’s Island Park Hours / Timing
Daily 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM Day light hours recommended.
Learn about local wild life from wildlife expert on the following days. Details
What about Amenities, access & Parking at Prince’s Island Park?
Seasonal Washrooms . River Café (full service restaurant, closed each January)
On-leash park (except Canada Day & Heritage Day, due to event participant volume, these days are NO DOGS)
Wheel chair accessible.
Parking limited on the Island. Parking is available underneath and around Eau Claire Market. The evening and weekend rate starts at a low $3 flat rate.
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Prince's Island Park, Eau Claire Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Date: June 20, 2017 To August 27, 2017
Timing: 12:00 AM To 11:59 PM