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Bowness Park, Calgary

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#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Calgary
Admire the deep emerald green lagoons that serve as centerpiece of Bowness Park. The park dates back to pre-World War I, originally designed with a swimming pool and carousel. Today visitors use it for paddleboating, canoeing, kayaking, skating, and picnicking. You'll find ample opportunity for playing on playgrounds, sitting under shade trees, barbecuing, and sampling tea from the on-site tea house. You can cool off at the splash pad, try your hand at a round of mini golf, or tour around on the miniature train. Restrooms are available on site. See Bowness Park and all Calgary has to offer by arranging your trip with our Calgary vacation planning app .
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  • What a great place, nice pathways and lots of facilities for families to enjoy the river and the park. Great to see the pool open and being enjoyed by families! Easy to find parking too!  more »
  • This is one of Calgary's oldest parks, and remains one of its most beloved. The main feature is the gorgeous lagoon which is open for canoeing etc in the summer (rentals are available), and ice skatin...  more »
  • Perfect location for all ages. The park is great for picnics, walks, family outings, marriages and generally just messing around. You and your family could easily spend a whole day here.  more »
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  • My fave park in the city! My fiancé and I have been coming here since we moved to Calgary 3 years ago. There's tons of space so we never have a hard time finding a good spot. It's always clean and maintained wonderfully. Haven't tried the cafe that's open now but I know I will this summer. It's also a great outdoor skate spot in the winter. The only downside is parking! There just isn't enough parking space, especially on a hot sunny day when the whole dang city comes. I hope they are able to somehow expand the parking situation.
  • My absolute favorite park in Calgary!! The hiking/dog trails are awesome. I come here as much as I can, my dogs are in doggy heaven here. You can see the mountains and the river. Very picturesque.
  • Beautiful new renovations after the flood. Parking is centralized which make it feel much safer walking along the paved paths. Lots of playgrounds and picnic areas. Awesome new cafe with wine and great food
  • Beautiful visit with the grandson... lots of people on a Sunday, still had ice cream upon entry and leaving the park. Enjoy quick picnic, the shoreline and the kids play station... although overrun with kids. Would like to return sometime soon
  • What can I say about this park that hasn't been said already? It's so nice, that you have to get there early to find a parking spot. Alternatively, pack light and take the #1 bus to it's front step. Enjoy.

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