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Bowness Park

Bowness 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.

Location: 8900 48 Ave. N.W.
Area: 30 hectares
Park hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Bowness Park map

Overflow Parking is available at Baker Park - shuttle 11 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday to Sunday, May Long - Labour day​

Weekend parking is limited

Please note: Parking at Bowness Park is limited.

Park features

NEW ice trail

Now open for the season. A 1.6 km track for skating next to the Bow River.

NEW ice bikes

Adult and child-sized ice bikes are available for rent.

Outdoor skating on the lagoon

Enjoy free outdoor skating on the lagoon in the eastern portion of the park from mid-November to mid-March (weather dependent). Due to COVID-19, the number of skaters allowed at one time may vary. Helmets are strongly encouraged.

Skating hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
Skate rentals: Rentals provided by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre (rental availability may differ from skating hours)

Hockey sticks and nets, toboggans and sleds are not allowed on the ice.

See COVID guidelines for outdoor skating


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.

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