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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane

(4.8/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • lovely, clean park. miles of trails suitable for biking and walking. there are a few hills right off the start so if you have young children make sure they have a ride!  more »