Tips for Skating the Bowness Lagoon

Skating on the Bowness Lagoon is a Calgary tradition! The City of Calgary writes, "Bowness Park was built before the First World War by John Hextall, a local land developer. It was built in the town of Bowness as a weekend retreat for nearby Calgarians." For over a hundred years, Calgarians have enjoyed Bowness park through rain, shine, and snow. Now, it's your turn. 

The City of Calgary offers the following information for those of you wanting to visit the park for a skate:

Enjoy free outdoor skating on the lagoon in the eastern portion of the park from mid-November to mid-March (weather dependent). Helmets are strongly encouraged.

Skating hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily

Skate rentals: Rentals provided by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre (rental availability may differ from skating hours). Hockey sticks and nets, toboggans and sleds are not allowed on the ice.

There are other exciting features to skating Bowness Lagoon, including Ice Bicycles, Crokicurl, and the new ice trail. Bundle up and hit the ice for a magical winter evening!

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Posted by Ken Richter on


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