Calgary Parks – Bowmont Park
- January 25, 2013
- By Cody Battershill
Calgary Parks - Bowmont Park
Outdoor recreational lovers of Calgary, Bowmont Park is one amazing outdoor area you don’t want to miss. Found on the northern embankment of the Bow River between the communities of Silver Springs, Varsity and Bowness, this massive 164 hectare park is used by countless Calgarians for all types of outdoor recreation.
If Bowmont Park’s considerable size and variety of terrain doesn’t leave you pleased, then the views surely will. So will these Top 10 Inner City Parks in Calgary.
- Location – NW Calgary, 85th Street and 48th Avenue NW
- Size – 164 hectares
- Park hours – 5:00am to 11:00pm
- Paved and gravel pathways
- Multiple playgrounds
- On leash and off leash areas
- Hiking and biking trails
- Benches and picnic tables
- Baseball field
- Soccer field
- And more..!
Bowmont Park essentially has two parts, one being the lower riverside section and the second, the upper plateau area. Most people usually start their recreation somewhere along the plateau section of the park as it lines the communities of Varsity and Silver Springs, which makes sense.
But for those looking to immediately access the lower riverside park and pathway areas can do so by exiting west onto 32nd Avenue NW from Shaganappi Trail NW. At the end of 32nd Avenue NW is a road on the northern side that leads to the riverside area, on the furthest south and eastern side of Bowmont Park.
Upper Plateau and Lower Riverside
If you enter the park on the upper plateau section like I did you will immediately notice the breathtaking panoramic view of the Bow River Valley to the west. As you progressively look further into the distance you will see a sight to behold; the Rocky Mountains, Bow River Valley and the Bow River therein, all leading down to a few hundred feet from where you stand!! It truly is a spectacular sight!
Below the plateau section of Bowmont Park is the riverside area. Here you will find a wide variety of different elevations, designated on and off leash areas for your pets, plus picnic tables and benches. Although the riverside section was a great walk, especially with the calming sound of trickling water as you go, I still enjoyed the upper plateau section of the park more than below.
Next time you’re looking to change the scenery up on your outdoor recreational excursion, try Bowmont Park! You won’t be disappointed!
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