Bowness Park, Calgary
Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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 visited Bowness Park for the first time in August, right after the miniature train re-opened. I had never been there before because from my part of the city, it's easily over an hour by public tran... read more »
Bowes Park is great. I took a train at the park. It's cost only $10 for family of 4. Besides, we rode our bicycle and play at the playground which it was so nice. We saw lots of people did activities ... read more »
Probably better for commuters than tourists, this is a great place in the summer (picnics, bike riding, river) and in the winter (skating, hot chocolate)
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.
This is probably the best park for HUGE groups looking for an outdoor BBQ. There are tons of things to do here with nice open grass areas, paved pathways, a stream with boats in the summer or ice skating in the winter, multiple playgrounds, and some good photo spots. I wish there were more parks like this in Calgary
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
This park is awesome. Canal for canoeing, lots of playgrounds, picnic tables, firepits, and beaches on the river. Go enjoy this wonderful place!
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