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Bow River Recreation Use Contributes More Than $50 Million Annually to Calgary’s Economy

Calgary River Users’ Alliance (CRUA) has used Canadian and Alberta statistical data to calculate what local river users  contribute to the local economy. The summary of the analysis: When the fishing and paddle data was combined it was estimated that the recreational river users contribute more than $50 million annually to the local economy. The […]

Elbow River Spawning Habitat Restoration Pilot Project

The Government of Alberta Fisheries Habitat Enhancement and Sustainability (FISHES) Program is working in collaboration with the City of Calgary in the Elbow River at Sandy Beach and below the Glenmore Dam in the coming weeks. The focus of the pilot project is to restore fish habitat lost during the 2013 flood through the placement […]

Calgary Fire Department Budget Cuts – Open Letter to Calgary City Councillors

Calgary Fire Department – Budget Cuts Proposal Dear Calgary City Councillor: The City of Calgary Council has directed City Administration to reduce operational budgets to alleviate the 2019/20 city tax burden. It has been suggested that the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) find ways to reduce its operational budget by $9 million. As an essential service […]

West Baker Park – River Access Closure

West Baker Park, Calgary River Access Strategy Development Site will undergo a complete makeover this summer. The very popular hand launch site will be closed from late July to October 2019 to accommodate for instream work and upgrades to river access. Calgarians will not be able to access the boat launch and portions of the […]

Graves Bridge – Temporary River Access

The Heritage Drive SE Flood Barrier Project is under construction. Details of the project  can be found at: The City of Calgary consulted with river users to develop a plan to retain public access to the Bow River during construction. The following is the latest update: The purpose of the project is to ensure […]

St Patrick’s Island Boat Ramp Opened

Calgary River Users’ Alliance has negotiated an agreement with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation to improve Bow River access at St. Patrick’s Island. St. Patrick’s Island Boat Ramp is perfectly positioned to offer river users a takeout point above Harvie Passage. Although canoeists and rafters have always been able to use St. Patrick’s Island and […]