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The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre is now operating the boathouse, skate shop and train rides at Bowness Park. We look forward to being part of a fun, family-friendly activity that is truly part of the Calgary experience.

The Outdoor Centre, part of the Faculty of Kinesiology, has been renting gear and teaching outdoor skills for over 30 years. Our goal is to provide you the experience, knowledge, and equipment you need to make outdoor activity a regular part of your active lifestyle. With our experienced team of coordinators and thousands of satisfied users every year, we're confident that we can provide you a memorable outdoor experience.

Hours of Operation

Boat House*


Train Rides**




June 2 – 30

July 29 – September 5

Dec 23 - Dec 24

Thursday and Friday 2 pm – 8 pm
(Last boat out at 7:30)
Daily 11 am – 6:30 pm
(Last train at 6 pm)
Friday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 8 pm
(Last boat out at 7:30)
Holidays from 10 am – 8 pm

Dec 25 -  Jan 1

July 1 – September 5

10:30 am - 6 pm
Daily 10 am – 8 pm
(Last boat out at 7:30)

January 2 - Feb 20

We will be open May long weekend (weather permitting)

Friday 5:30 – 8:30 pm 
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
Family Day (Feb 20) 10 am – 6 pm

Includes statutory holidays.

Please follow us on Twitter for schedule changes due to poor weather or maintenance.
* In the event of a severe weather warning or poor weather, all boats will be called off the lagoon for the safety of our customers, and the boathouse will close.
** The City will periodically perform unscheduled maintenance to the mini-train track, and the train will not be operation during those times.

Rental Rates

Boat House

Train Rides


Pedal Boats, Canoes, Kayaks Tickets Skate rentals and sharpening
Weekdays Weekdays: Boathouse Weekdays & Weekends
1/2 hour $15 Weekends: Train Ticket Booth Skates $10 per day
1 hour $20 Per Person $5 Helmets No charge
2+ hours $30 Family (2 adults, 2 kids under 18) $10 Stabilizer bar $6 per day
Weekends Children under 2 Free Skate Sharpening $8 a pair
1/2 hour $20
1 hour $30
2+ hours $40

Please note: These are the only items available to rent at Bowness Park. Visit our University of Calgary location for all other gear rentals.

School Group Bookings

Contact Steven Wapple at or 403.220.4205 for information on School Group bookings and prices. 

Contact Us

University of Calgary Outdoor Centre
403.220.5038 or

Outdoor Centre - Bowness Park Skate Shop
403.247.0683 (during operation hours)

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