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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 70+ 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 park offers the feel of the prairie-foothills wide open spaces which make southern Alberta a special place. Interesting historical placards help to set your walk in ranch history. You can walk or...  read more »
  • This newer provincial park is excellent. Both hiking and biking trails. Trails for the nature enthusiast and also for those more interested in history. A great place to spend a few hours. 
  • A beautiful park,prarie and mountain views from the Bow River Valley. Several kilometers of well maintained walking trails. 
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