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The City plans on installing riverbank signs to guide people to some boat launches, but unfortunately they are not planning on installing road signs so far. RIVERBANK SIGNS: The City has agreed to install a series of riverbank signs in 2018 to identify some of the launches.  See below and feature image for examples of the signs […]

10th Street Wave and Urban Beach Project Moves Forward

The Alberta River Surfing Association is working on the 10th Street Waves and Urban Beach Project at Louise Bridge in Calgary.  A Feasibility Study and Concept Design with Surf Anywhere and the public results can be seen at: Alberta River Surfing Website.  When complete the project will provide an amazing river recreation resource, will provide substantial and […]

New Bow & Elbow River Access Signage Taking Shape

New Signage will be in place at West Baker Park, 10 Street NW, Glenmore /Graves Bridge and Sandy Beach shortly.  The signage consists of a kiosk style of layout with a river map and safety information. Additional river user information is available on the city website at Calgary River Access Bow River North, Bow River South, Elbow River and The Wave (10 Street […]

Boat Ramp Etiquette

As the Bow River as a recreational venue becomes more popular, there is a need to be considerate of other river users. Boat ramps can become congested with not only boats, canoes, kayaks, etc, but all the gear that goes with a day on the river. Recently the Angling Outfitters & Guides Association of Alberta (AOGAA) prepared […]

Whirling Disease & the Paddle Community

Whirling Disease was first confirmed in Canada in August 2016 in the Rainbow Trout population at Johnson Lake, Banff National Park. The disease although not harmful to the human population, has a devastating effect on Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout in particular where mortality in juvenile fish has been been reported as high as 90%. Parks Canada […]

Calgary City Council approves River Access Strategy!

On Monday, February 13, 2017, little more than a year after formation of the Calgary River Users’ Alliance (CRUA), the  Calgary River Access Strategy (RAS) was approved by City Council. As the full impact of the RAS rolls out over the next 6 years we will see the number of boat ramps increase from 6 to […]