Picnic sites are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
For booking times see the Picnic Site Booking FAQ.
Please view the Picnic Site Amenities for details about each site's amenities, capacities, fees, power outlets, washroom accessibility and more.
Dogs are allowed in the park if they are on a leash, or in off-leash areas.
Alcohol is permitted only in designated areas which
are clearly signed. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in all areas of the park.
Bowness Park cannot be booked on long weekends due to the high volume of citizens using the Park.
Picnic Site and Special Events Application Information
Picnic Site vs. Special Event
Picnics: Gatherings using the existing picnic site amenities (picnic tables, fire pit, barbeque, pavilion/shelter or power) or back-yard propane BBQs.
Special events: Events that have an impact on neighbouring communities and require equipment brought to the park (tents, inflatables, large BBQs, vehicle access, etc).
Weekend or weekday bookings - must be made 5 days before the booking.
Picnic sites cannot be reserved without payment.
Picnic Site Payment Information
Full payment is due immediately upon booking.
Once full payment has been made, you will be issued a permit and a receipt. Your permit is your confirmation of your picnic site booking. Bring the issued permit with you to the site as confirmation of your booking as sites can be used on a first-come, first-served basis if not booked. A facility rental permit holder will always have priority over a non-permit holder, for the specific date, time and location booked.
Cancellations or amendments must be received by Facility Bookings a minimum of 30 business days in advance of the rental date.
Inclement weather refunds will be given in the event of significant precipitation (heavy rain, hail, sleet and snow). It is the permit holder’s responsibility to contact the Bookings office to arrange a refund. Refunds will be granted on a case-by-case basis depending on historical data supplied by Environment Canada. Refunds will not be granted in the event of cold weather or strong winds.