Bowness Park - Calgary - Hiking Alberta

 

Bowness Park is a unique, urban oasis gifted to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

Note:  Photo documentation in this post occurred prior to major upgrade plans for Bowness Park and prior to the devastating destruction caused by the June 2013 flood event which submerged and severely damaged Bowness Park.

Several of the photos in this post can be considered as archival and new features under construction at Bowness Park are transforming and very exciting for future visitors to this outstanding city feature.

Bowness Park is a serene sanctuary within Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Today's objective is to enjoy long-awaited sunshine and perform a mechanical check of the mountain bike.

The first discovery is new access beneath the Bowmont Bridge which eliminates the need to cross the busy road near the 85th street Bowness Bridge over the Bow River.

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bicycle path access from Bowness into Bowness Park

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bicycle path sweeps down beside Bow River and under Bowness Bridge

 

This popular and beautiful park embraces the south side of the Bow River.  Bridges at either end connect Bowness Park on the south side of the Bow River with Baker Park on the north shore of the Bow River.

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bow River spring shoreline in Bowness Park, Calgary, Alberta

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bow River spring shoreline in Bowness Park, Calgary, Alberta

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bow River spring shoreline in Bowness Park, Calgary, Alberta

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Stoney Trail Bridge and the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant

 

There are a variety of picnic areas in Bowness Park which vary from tiny and secluded to large and elaborate.  Covered areas provide protection from weather.

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Group picnic facility in Bowness Park, Calgary, Alberta

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada One of many picnic shelters in Bowness Park, Calgary, Alberta

 

The central area of the park contains a wide variety of recreational alternatives. 

These include mini-golf, a narrow gauge train ride for little people, a couple of amusement rides for tiny tots, canoe and paddle boat rentals for excursions on canals within the park and even a cafe in case your barbecue specialist accidentally cremates the meal.

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Mini golf in Bowness Park, Calgary, Alberta.

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada The Cafe near the pond at Bowness Park, Calgary

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Winter and summer equipment rental in Bowness Park, Calgary

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada One of the previous rides for tiny tots at Bowness Park in NW Calgary

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada The previous storage shed for the mini gauge train which loops through Bowness Park in Calgary

 

The central feature of the park is Bowness Pond, used for beach paddling with the ducks and geese in summer and ice skating in winter.

On this day Calgary Parks and Recreation are busy preparing the pond and canals to be filled with water from the Bow River.

Bowness Park is a busy place year round, particularly in summer, and the new and improved peaceful park will be a great place for families to continue to enjoy a day together.

The trails, many paved, link to the extensive trail system in Calgary.

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Ducks and geese in Bowness Pond

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bowness Pond will soon be filled with water

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Shadows point the way to one of many playground and picnic facilities in Bowness Park

 

Bowness Park - Calgary, Alberta, Canada The mountain bike

 

The mountain bike is working like a charm.  Gear changes through the entire range are swift and quiet.  The tires are in great shape.  Brakes are solid and sure.

On the other hand, the carcass draped over the edges of the bike needs significant work after a long, challenging winter.

As well as a series of local hikes there are plans forming up to hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, in early August, and Yosemite National Park in Northern California at the beginning of September.

Plans are shaping up for a great summer season.

 

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