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Bowness Park is a 30 hectare park located in the community of Bowness, along the Bow River between Stoney Trail and 85th Street, at 8900 – 48th Ave NW. It is open daily between the hours of 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. A shallow lagoon runs along the along the park's southern edge, a favourite spot for canoeing and paddle boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Bowness Park is highly used for family gatherings, picnicking and accessing the Bow River. It was built before the First World War in the (then) town of Bowness as a weekend retreat for nearby Calgarians by John Hextall, a local land developer. The park once had a swimming pool, carousel, Ferris wheel and orthophonic device on the lagoon.

The park suffered severe damage during the 2013 flood and has been extensively rebuilt since. Among the new, restored and improved features now open are the Tea House (operated by Seasons of Bowness - visit Seasons of Bowness Facebook page for details and to contact them directly), the Boat House/Skate Shop (operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. Visit their page for hours and rental information), the Wading Pool, the historic miniature train, and a recreation of the historic orthophonic building in the middle of the lagoon. Parking was centralized to enhance pedestrian safety, and additional parking spaces are now available at the nearby Baker Park across the Bow River on the north side.


Bowness Park map

Categories: Parks

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