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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. 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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  • August 12, 2017
    Lovely park with well maintained paths. Easy to reach and a nice place to spend a couple of quiet hours.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We visited Bowness Park on a Friday evening at the height of the summer season..what an enjoyable experience for all..old and young!!..there was ample parking space and even if there isn't you can par...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great picnic spot for spending summer days meandering on the paths, biking, paddling on the water, playing in the playground,.... Perfect for budget-minded families. The train ride was a big hit with ...  more »
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  • May 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 30, 2017
    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
  • May 28, 2017
    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
  • May 29, 2017
    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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