Harvie Passage Facility Enhancement Plan

Harvie Passage Facility Enhancement Plan  – The First Step

The City of Calgary Community Development Committee approved the Harvie Passage Facility Enhancement Plan (HPFEP) on June 28, 2023 with a budget of close to $1,000,000 to make some much needed improvements in the coming months. The plan will be presented to City Council for approval on July 25, 2023.

The City of Calgary has added a  Harvie Passage web page that details the future link of the HPFEP into the Bend in the Bow Park Development and the River Access Strategy.

The following “Quick-Wins Short Term Priority Items” will kick start site enhancement in the coming months.

CRUA has proposed a river frontage vehicle access pilot project to determine roadway improvements that would be needed to better service  to the Sea-Can Storage, the boat ramp at the outflow of the HP Low Water Channel and drop-off of watercraft at Harvie Passage. Hopefully this will be approved shortly.

CRUA reference material used in the consultation to develop the HPFEP follows:


  1. Exploring Stakeholder Perspectives of the Bow River Weir Project. Todd Brunner, Dept. Environmental Science, University of Calgary 2009.Final-Weir-Project-ENSC-505
  2. Alberta Transportation’s Harvie Passage redevelopment plans Harvie Passage Update Jan 2016
  3. A Boat Ramp to Nowhere. Bow River Trout Foundation 2017. A Boat Ramp to Nowhere 2017
  4. The Boat House Proposal. AWA, 2019. Bow River Boathouse
  5. Harvie Passage Portage Access Needs A Resolution. A proposal to DFO to resolve an ongoing issue with portage channel use. CRUAHarvie Passage Portage Access
  6. Harvie Passage – Roadway Access Needs Resolution – CRUA June 2020Harvie Passage Roadway Access Needs Resolution 08Jun2020
  7. The Harvie Passage Task Force – Whitewater Park Proposal. AWA, January 2022. Harvie Passage Whitewater Park Pre-plan 2022