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Bowness Park, Calgary

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Historic Walking Area Nature / Park
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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  • Bring your family, friends or just yourself for a relaxing day at the park. Snack bar open certain hours only as are canoe rentals and paddle boat rentals in the pond and canal. There's a little area ...  more »
  • What a jewel. Had a great time hanging out at this lovely little park by the river. Amazing all the activities that happen in this well kept park.  more »
  • So relaxing to walk along the river path and sit in the benches along the edge. I love to watch boaters going by and just enjoying the sound of the water.  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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Great park for any occasion. BBQs and big shelters for cooking. Firepits and ice skating/boating. Nice paths. The restaurant is very expensive. The coffee shop is reasonable. There is no other food places besides this. Nice walking paths and you can still ride the miniature train.