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Bowness Park, Calgary
(4.4/5 based on 160 reviews on the web)
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. Our Calgary tourist route planner makes visiting Bowness Park and other Calgary attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We come here often too in the summer. Lovely park, simple and peaceful even though it can get real busy real fast. In the summer season, come early in the morning to guaranty a good picnic spot and pa...  more »
  • After the flood, Bowness Park was completely transformed into a family friendly and beautiful destination. You can enjoy canoeing or paddle boarding on the lake and waterway. Or just feed the geese as...  more »
  • You can ride a bike. Very nice and clean in this park, I advise to visit select warm season. On a picnic it.
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  • Bowness Park is a great location for a family picnic or walk. There's some larger structures that also make it a great location for a larger gathering. Nice, paved and unpaved, trails along the Bow River add to the beauty of the park. It has been nicely repaired since the floods and also features a (beautiful) fancy restaurant along with a cafe. A real gem!
  • great place to skate in winter I live the fire places at night but could go without the loud speakers playing cappy music, love the paddle boats , mini train and playground in the summer . live th bbq pits and the Douglas fir trail as well.
  • This place was my childhood! this park is still recovering from a flood and so far the place looks amazing! In the summer you can go boating! (with rentals only that they supply) they just built a new cafe, but i haven't been there yet (i will update this next time I go) this is a fun place to play hide and go seek, and a wonderful place to disconnect and feel relaxed! (oh and one more thing! Please do not swim in the river, people get seriously hurt, if you are rafting you must ware a life jacket!
  • I grew up in Bowness and would walk down to the park when I was bored in the mid 70s to end of the 80s. The park has gone through a lot of changes over the years. I miss the way the park was, but I think that's a common feeling to change. The 2013 flood apparently did a lot of damage to the park, so it was inevitable it would change. There is a real restaurant down there now, which I didn't try. It looked a bit more upscale than my current budget allows. I'm not sure what is hours are like or if it will get enough customers. The train is running again. I recall loving going on it when I was a tiny guy of 3 years and for a few years. At that time there were several rides a small rollercoaster, Ferris wheel, the scrambler, and a couple others I can't remember. Apparently the maintenance of some of the rides was too costly and they were removed for becoming unsafe. There are lots of spots for large groups to have events. Seasonal activities like ice skating, and seeing the changing colours of the fall help make the park a year round destination.
  • Great access in every way there is transit basically at the front gate, and they have wheelchair accessiblity throughout the park. It is peaceful and quiet as well. Great place for kids and families. There are awesome areas for just sitting as well as watching the multitudes of geese and ducks