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Glenmore Reservoir

Glenmore Reservoir

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

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

Boat launch status updates

The Glenmore Reservoir is open for boating activities from May 1 to October 31. 

Reservoir features

Docks and launch ramps

Docks and boat launch ramps are available for public access to the Reservoir. No launching boats is permitted from undesignated shore areas.

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.

Glenmore Sailing School

The Glenmore Reservoir is the only facility in Calgary for sailing, disabled sailing, dragon boat racing, rowing, canoeing and Kayaking.

Learn more about the sailing school here.

South Glenmore Park

Located at South Glenmore Park is Variety Children's Park, a playground and water park accessible to children with disabilities.

The Quinterra Legacy Garden Project opened in 2020. It is a musical garden, complete with new trees and vegetation, green spaces, a small community multiuse stage and outdoor instruments near the existing Variety Park location.

Washrooms

The washrooms are open from 7 a.m. to sunset. They are located at various points on the reservoir.

Public safety

  • Approved life jackets or self-inflating personal floatation devices must be worn at all times while the boat is on the water.
  • No drinking of alcohol.

We help protect the safety of the public through the Glenmore Boat Patrol.

When Boat Patrol staff are on duty, a green flag is displayed at each of the three launch sites.

The Boat Patrol can be contacted using the radios located near the green flags or by calling 403-371-8674.  (May 1 – October 31 only)

Prohibitied activities and bylaws

Nearly half of Calgary's water supply is drawn from the Glenmore Reservoir, which is fed by the Elbow River.

The Elbow River is susceptible to contaminants that can pollute our source water and make water treatment more difficult and costly.

Limiting recreational use is critical to ensure high quality drinking water for Calgarians.

The City has enacted and enforced the following bylaws:

Prohibited summer activities:

  • No pets in water or in boats
    • Pets must be on leash at all times in the Glenmore Park and on the shore of the reservoir.
  • 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)

Prohibited winter activities on the ice:

  • No walking
  • No skating
  • No skiing
  • No biking 
  • No snowshoeing

The water flowing into the reservoir is constantly moving, and levels change as water is withdrawn for treatment. During the winter, this makes the ice unpredictable and dangerous. 

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