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Bowness Park

Bowness Park has partially reopened after being closed for flood recovery and redevelopment. The entire west side of the park is open. The east side will remain closed until the fall of 2015.

Bowness Park


Location: 8900 48 Ave. N.W.

Area: 30 hectares

Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.



Bridge in Bowness Park

Park features

  • Tea House
  • Paths
  • Playground
  • Shelters
  • Washrooms
  • Lagoon
  • Bow River access  
  • Picnic areas
  • Firepits and BBQ stands
  • Outdoor ice skating
  • 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.

Tea House

In fall 2015, Seasons of Bowness Park will be opening both a full service restaurant and grab and go style menu in the park’s brand new tea house. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and will feature brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Fresh Market grab and go will feature healthy alternatives for park concession style food.  
During the summer, Seasons of Bowness Park is in the park with a hot dog cart every Saturday and Sunday as well as holidays from noon until 5 p.m.  The selection includes hot dogs, polish sausages, bratwurst sausages and veggie dogs, as well as ice cream for a special summer treat.  
Updates are available on the Tea House facebook page.