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Glenmore Reservoir


Improvements to the Glenmore Dam require Glenmore Reservoir to be maintained at lower than normal water levels. This will impact the 2018 boating season but will not have an impact on Calgary’s drinking water supply. In order to maintain a safe environment, all sailboats or boats requiring a trailer launch will not be permitted on the Glenmore Reservoir this season.

Review the 2018 recreational terms of use for Glenmore reservoir.

The Glenmore Reservoir and Dam are located on the Elbow River. They were constructed to provide Calgarians 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, and canoe rack rentals are offered.

Hours of operation

Glenmore Reservoir opens May 1st (if clear of ice) and closes October 31. 

Boat Patrol is on the water:

  • May 1 to the September long weekend, daylight hours 7 days / week
  • September long weekend to October long weekend, reduced hours 7 days / week
  • October long weekend to Oct. 31, reduced hours weekends only


  • Heritage Park boat launch - 8003 14 St. S.W.
  • Calgary Canoe and Rowing Club - North Glenmore Park off 24 St. S.W.
  • Variety Park 84 12 24. St. S.W.
  • Washrooms are locked overnight.

Glenmore Boat Patrol

The Glenmore Boat Patrol is responsible for:

  • Safety and rescue
  • Environmental stewardship 
  • Education

A green flag is displayed when the boat rescue staff are on duty. Boat rescue may be contacted by using the radios located at each of the three launch sites near the green flags.

Docks and launch ramps

Glenmore Reservoir
Glenmore Reservoir
Temporary reservoir access will be available for the 2018 season. Review the terms of use.

Rese​rvoir 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)