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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane

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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a provincial park in the Calgary Region of Alberta, Canada. The majority of the park is located on the north bank of the Bow River within Rocky View County. Portions of the eastern and western extremeties of the park are located within the City of Calgary and the Town of Cochrane respectively.HistoryPlans to establish Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park began in 2006 when the children of Alberta rancher Neil Harvie sold 3246acre of land to the Government of Alberta for less than market value to conserve the land and protect it from development. Appraised at $67 million in 2005 and with an estimated value of $80 million in 2006, the land was sold to the province for $40 million and a $27 million charitable tax receipt. Under the deal, the Harvie family also established a $6 million foundation to promote and develop the park and Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park near Edmonton.Glenbow Ranch was officially designated as a provincial park by an order in council on April 17, 2008. The designation involved an additional 51acre of land for a total of 3297acre. The park officially opened to visitors on August 9, 2011.
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TripAdvisor
  • Really didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Great views of the Rockies and the Bow River with nice trails through grasslands & coulees with some historical buildings thrown in as...  more »
  • This newly created park is situated just north of the Bow River and is a wonderful oasis from the bustle of city life.We hike and jog in this park and have seen bears, eagles, deer and many birds.Most...  more »
  • We visited the Ranch in off season but the hikes along the pathways are an easy walk downhill. The climb back up is a little breathtaking but worth it. I would take the golf cart tour next time so tha...  more »
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  • This is Alberta's newest Provincial Park and is not well known. It is a work in progress. I understand that the goal is to eventually link it into the western edge of the Calgary bike path system. Great place for a bike ride but be prepared for the big downhill to get from the parking lot down to the paths closer to the river (and then up hill on the return). Pretty wide open so I would classify it as being best for biking. If I was going for a walk or a hike there are other riverside areas in the the Calgary region that I would prefer.
  • Great views of the bow river, nice mix of woodland and open areas. Great for walking the dog. Has visitors center. Interesting old rusting car in the woodland. Pathways can be a little tricky in winter but that's to be expected.
  • Great place to ride a bike or go for a nice walk. Took my dog out there and he loved it as well. I just wish the whole place was open, as they had a large area closed because of cattle. This is totally understandable, as it is still a working ranch.
  • Beautiful scenery and pathways. A vast system of pathways and trails, perfect for biking, hiking or strolling. Designated bike racks for trails that don't allow bikes so bring your chain and lock. Picnic tables are dotted around for any snack-stop action.
  • Love walking through this area it's so relaxing & beautiful!