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Glenmore Reservoir

The Glenmore Reservoir and Dam are located on the Elbow River. They were constructed to provide Calgarians with a safe and sufficient supply of drinking water and are managed according to the following priorities, in order of importance:

  1. Store an adequate supply for drinking water.
  2. Reduce the impact of high river flows and sustain environmental health.
  3. Provide recreational opportunities.

The reservoir is also home to the Glenmore Sailing School, where sailing lessons, sailboat rentals, and boat rack rentals are offered seasonally.

Glenmore Reservoir 
 
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Hours of operation

The Glenmore Reservoir is normally open from May 1 to October 31.

Note: Season opening delays or mid-season closures can occur due to weather (ice on water, spring run-off , etc.).

Glenmore Reservoir
Glenmore Reservoir
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Glenmore Boat Patrol

The Glenmore Boat Patrol is responsible for:

  • Safety and rescue
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Education

Boat Patrol is on the water:

  • May 1 to the September long weekend—daylight hours, 7 days per week.
  • September long weekend to October long weekend - reduced hours 7 days per week.
  • October long weekend to October 31 - reduced hours on weekends only.

When Boat Patrol staff are on duty, a green flag is displayed at each of the three launch sites. Boat Patrol can be contacted using the radios located near the green flags or by calling 403-221-3612.

Washrooms

Washrooms open to the public during the day, but are locked overnight.

Washrooms are located at:

  • Heritage Park boat launch - 8003 14 St. S.W.
  • Calgary Canoe Club and Calgary Rowing Club - 7305 Crowchild Tr. S.W.
  • Glenmore Sailing School - 8415 24 Street S.W.

Refer to the Glenmore Recreational Areas Map for more information.

Docks and launch ramps

Docks and boat launch ramps are available for public access to the Reservoir. Vehicle and hand launching ramps are located at:

  • Heritage Park boat launch 8003 14 St. S.W. (West of 14 St. at Heritage Drive S.W.)
  • Calgary Canoe Club and Calgary Rowing Club (hand launch only!) - 7305 Crowchild Trail S.W. (North Glenmore Park, 24 St. S.W. off Crowchild Trail).
  • Glenmore Sailing School - 8415 24 Street S.W. (South Glenmore Park - 90 Ave. and 24 St. S.W.)

Refer to the Glenmore Recreational Areas Map for more information.

When boating, remember other people are using the same facilities to launch so please be courteous.

Reservoir bylaws

The City and Province enforce bylaws (See bylaws 9018 and 9084) with respect to the Glenmore Reservoir including:

  • Boating use only between May 1 and October 31.
  • Approved Life jackets or self inflating PFDs (personal floatation devices) must be worn at all times while the boat is on the water.
  • No drinking of alcohol.
  • No pets in water or on boats.
  • No Stand Up Paddle boards.
  • No swimming in the Reservoir.
  • No inflatables.
  • No power motors.
  • No fishing from docks or ramps (fishing is permitted in non-motorized boats and along the shore.)
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