The following 9 parks have picnic sites that are available to rent. Please view the Picnic Site Amenities for details on each site's amenities, capacities, fees, power outlets, washroom accessibility and more.
Additional information, maps and park addresses can be found by clicking on the following links:
Please refer to Picnic Site General Info & FAQ's for information on some of the commonly asked questions, such as:
- Picnic booking season
- Picnic site hours
- Firewood or power availability
- Playgrounds and parking
- BBQ information
- Washroom information
- Accessibility information
Things to know before booking a picnic site
- There is a difference between picnic functions and special event functions at picnic sites.
- Picnics: Sites can be reserved in advance and permit the use of the existing facilities that are at the chosen site. This may include one or more of the following: picnic tables, fire pit, barbeque, pavilion/shelter or power, in an assigned area. Function is strictly limited to picnic-type activities and does not require additional equipment to be brought on site, other than additional backyard propane-fuelled BBQs.
- Special events: These are events that have a greater impact on neighbouring communities than casual or intended park use. They will range in size, but generally involve the use of additional equipment (i.e. tents, inflatables, large solid fuelled BBQs, vehicle access, etc). Please check the Before booking a park, pathway or greenspace page to determine the booking process for your event.
- Dogs are allowed in the park if they are on a leash, or in off-leash areas.
- Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the park and in any public use area.
- Bowness Park cannot be booked on long weekends due to the high volume of citizens using the Park.
- For all parks except Bowness and Prairie Winds, picnic sites are booked in six-hour blocks, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- For booking time slots for Bowness and Prairie Winds, please view the Picnic Sites General Info & FAQ's document.
Ongoing construction at Bowness Park in 2016
- Currently, Bowness Park sites 1 & 2 are unavailable for bookings due to flood remediation efforts. For current information on the Redevelopment project see Bowness Park Redevelopment Project.
Construction Planned for Prairie Winds Park in 2016
The Picnic site at Prairie Winds Park will be unavailable for booking for the 2016 season. For current information on the Redevelopment project see Prairie Winds Park Redevelopment Project.
Ongoing construction at Sandy Beach Park in 2016
Currently, Sandy Beach Park is unavailable for bookings due to flood remediation efforts and redevelopment work. For current information on the Redevelopment project see River Park, Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes Redevelopment Project.
Timelines for booking picnic sites - 2016
- January 4, 2016 - Picnic site public day.
- May 21, 2016 - Picnic sites open for the season.
- October 11, 2016 - Picnic sites closed for the season.
- Picnic site bookings for the weekend must be made no later than 12 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the weekend
- Weekday bookings must be made at least three full business days in between the date of request and the date of booking (i.e. if you wish to book on a Friday, the booking request must be made by Monday).
- Picnic sites can be rented from the May long weekend until the Thanksgiving weekend in October.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Facility Bookings.