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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 […]

Ricardo Ranch Area Structure Plan – A Proposal for a New River Access Site

RICARDO RANCH AREA STRUCTURE PLAN The Ricardo Ranch Area Structure Plan provides a vision and framework for the future development of approximately 635 hectares (1,570 acres) of land in southeast Calgary. The lands in the Plan are bound by the community of Seton to the north, Deerfoot Trail S.E. to the west, the Bow River […]

St Patrick’s Island – An Opportunity to Improve River Access

Background: With Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s (CMLC) redevelopment of St. Patrick’s Island completed in July 2015 inner city residents and visitors were given a 31-acre recreational area in the heart of the City of Calgary that allowed for adventure, escape and relaxation from the pressure of inner city living. A once neglected island was transformed […]

Heritage Drive Flood Barrier Construction will Start This Spring

The construction of a new flood barrier along Heritage Drive adjacent to the Graves Bridge parking lot in underway. Access to the boat ramp will not be restricted during the construction, but the parking lot may get congested with equipment. As the project get underway discussion will take place regarding truck/trailer parking allocations. The following […]

Bow River Access Update – March 2019

As we move into the spring, river users will hopefully see new and updated boat ramp developments taking place within and downstream of Calgary. The City will probably be undertaking the following projects this year as a part of the Calgary River Access Strategy: the improved boat ramp facility at West Baker Park for all types […]