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Bowness Park

Bowness Park is currently closed for flood recovery and redevelopment. Parks anticipates the partial re-opening of the park later this year.

Bowness Park

Location: 8900 48 Ave. N.W.

Area: 30 hectares

Park Hours: CLOSED



Bridge in Bowness Park

Park features

  • Paths
  • Playground
  • Shelters
  • Washrooms
  • Water fountains
  • Bow River access
  • Spray park (CLOSED for park redevelopment
  • Picnic areas
  • Firepits and BBQ stands
  • Outdoor ice skating (CLOSED for 2013/2014 season)
  • Cross-country skiing
Canoeing in Bowness Park

About the park

Bowness Park is located along the Bow River between Stoney Tr. and 85 St. N.W. A shallow lagoon runs along the along the park's southern edge, a favourite spot for paddle boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Bowness Park is highly used for picnicking and accessing the Bow River.


Bowness Park was built before the First World War by John Hextall, a local land developer. It was built in the town of Bowness as a weekend retreat for nearby Calgarians. The park once had a swimming pool, carousel and orthophonic device on the lagoon.