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Bowness Park


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**


May 19 - June 30

May 20 - June 30


Delayed opening until June 2nd due to water levels Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 7:30 pm
(Last train at 7:15 pm)
Friday 2 pm – 8 pm
(Last boat out at 7:30)
*No cash, card only until Boathouse opening (June 2nd)
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 8 pm
(Last boat out at 7:30)

July 1 – September 10

June 1 – September 5

Daily 10 am – 8 pm
(Last boat out at 7:30)
Daily 11 am – 7:30 pm
(Last train at 7:15 pm)

We will be open May long weekend (weather permitting).  *** Boathouse is delayed until June 2nd.

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
Weekends: Train Ticket Booth
1/2 hour $15 Per Person $5 Skates $10/day
1 hour $20 Family (2 adult, 2 under 18) $10 Helmets No charge
2+ hours $30 Children under 2 Free Stabilizer bar $6/day
Weekends Skate Sharpening $8/pair
1/2 hour $20
1 hour $30
2+ hours $40

All Boat rentals must be made by an 18+year old and every boat must have at least one person 16 years or older.

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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