The Glenmore Reservoir and Dam are located on the Elbow River. They were constructed to provide Calgarians with a safe and sufficient supply of drinking water and are managed according to the following priorities, in order of importance:
- Store an adequate supply for drinking water.
- Reduce the impact of high river flows and sustain environmental health.
- Provide recreational opportunities.
Nearly half of Calgary’s water supply is drawn from the Glenmore Reservoir. Protecting our source water by limiting summer and winter recreational use is critical to ensuring high quality drinking water for Calgarians.
All winter recreation on the Reservoir, including walking, skating, skiing, biking and snowshoeing, is prohibited by City of Calgary Bylaws. (Glenmore Park Bylaw 9018, Water Safety Bylaw 9018, Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006, Water Utility Bylaw 40M2006)
The water flowing into the reservoir is constantly moving, and levels change as water is withdrawn for treatment. This makes the ice unpredictable and dangerous.
Update on the 2020 season and availability
The Glenmore Reservoir is normally open from May 1 to October 31. The reservoir is now closed for the 2020 season due to weather concerns.
- Sailing School classes and boat rentals are not available for the 2020 season.
- Season opening delays or mid-season closures can occur due to weather (ice on water, spring run-off , etc.).
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 403-221-3612.
At this time, washrooms are closed during the day and at night.
Docks and launch ramps
Docks and boat launch ramps are available for public access to the Reservoir. 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.
The City creates and enforces bylaws to protect this valuable resource and the citizens who use it. The bylaws that regulate use of the Glenmore Reservoir are as follows:
- Glenmore Park Bylaw (9018)
- Water Safety Bylaw (9018)
- Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw (23M2006)
- Water Utility Bylaw (40M2006)
- Boating use only between May 1 and October 31.
- Approved Life jackets or self-inflating personal floatation devices must be worn at all times while the boat is on the water.
- Water levels may be raised or lowered to manage Water Services systems.
- No drinking of alcohol.
- No pets in water, on boats or on ice. 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).
- No launching boats from undesignated shore areas.