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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 summer of 2016.

Location: ​8900 48 Ave. N.W.
Area: ​30 hectares
Park hours: ​5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tea House hours: ​Opening fall 2015:
daily for lunch and dinner, brunch on weekends
Visit Seasons of Bowness Facebook page for details and to contact them directly
Boat House hours:
Operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre.
Offering boat rentals in the summer and skate/helmet/stabilizer rentals and skate sharpening in the winter.
Winter: December 15 - February 15
Fridays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

June 1 - 30:
Thursdays & Fridays, 2 - 8:30 p.m. (last rental at 7:30)
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (last rental at 7:30)
July 1 - Labour Day: daily 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (last rental at 7:30)
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.

Note: launching a personal boat, canoe, kayak or similar watercraft in the lagoon is prohibited. Watercraft rentals are available from the Boat House operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre.


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.