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Bowness Park

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Location: ​8900 48 Ave. N.W.
Area: ​30 hectares
Park map: Bowness Park map
Park hours: ​5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Overflow parking & free shuttle service: ​Overflow parking and free shuttle service is available on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & statuatory holidays from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Overflow parking lot is located at 9751 Scenic Bow Rd. N.W. accessible off 85 Street N.W.
Tea House hours: ​Open and operated by Seasons of Bowness
Visit Seasons of Bowness Facebook page for details and to contact them directly
Boat House/ Skate Shop hours: Operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. Visit their page for hours and rental information.
Bridge in Bowness Park

Park features

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.

 

 

History

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.