Harvie Passage – Enjoy Whitewater Paddling in Calgary’s Bow River


Govt. of Alberta

Calgarians have a new Bow river-adjacent recreation area.

Calgary’s Harvie Passage located in Inglewood has been redesigned to provide boaters and whitewater paddling enthusiasts with a newer, safer way to navigate the river.

The passage was seriously damaged during the 2013 flood and has now been re-envisioned and redesigned with input from numerous local stakeholder groups, including the Alberta Whitewater Association and the Harvie Passage Alliance.


The completed project once again divides the Bow River channel into two passages –

  1. Eastern (river left) passage: Class 3 rapids for more experienced paddlers — Experienced boaters should exercise caution while navigating this passage.
  2. Western (river right) passage: Class 2 passage — A less turbulent channel for regular boaters.

Features of the Harvie Passage include


Credit: O2 Planning and Design

  • A new beach
  • A stepped rock feature for easier shoreline access
  • A reconstructed viewing area to the west of the mouth of the channels
  • A landscaped island area that separates the channels

The government and its water safety partners want everyone to have fun and enjoy the improved features of the passage, but remind all users to be mindful of the possible risks of recreating in and around the water.

“With the opening of Harvie Passage, we will see more activity on Calgary’s waterways, including the Bow River. It’s important to remind all recreational river enthusiasts of all skill levels that where there’s water, there’s risk. Water can be unpredictable and we advise all river users to wear a life-jacket, and be aware of flow advisories, weather conditions and river hazards.” Joe Zatylny, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Calgary

City of Calgary Safety Guidelines.

How to Get to Harvie Passage

You can get to Harvie Passage is through Pearce Estates.

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