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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane
(4.8/5 based on 75+ 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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  • Great walking and biking, each season brings its own beauty... So check it out atleast 4 times a year! 
  • A beautiful, picturesque hiking trail along the north bank of the Bow River just west of Calgary. Outstanding views of the river valley, foothills and the Rocky Mountains. A real asset to the Bow Rive...  more »
  • I love this park. Lot's of hiking/biking trails , tons of history , interpretive displays , guided tours on foot or by golf cart. Fantastic staff. Lot's of special events such as photography sessions ...  more »