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Bowness, Calgary

City area: NW

Bowness is a community district in west Calgary. It was an autonomous town until 1963, when it was amalgamated by Calgary.

 

The neighbourhood is bordered by the Bow River on the north and east, 16th Avenue on the south, and Stoney Trail on the west. Immediately over the river to the east lies the community of Montgomery, itself an autonomous town until Calgary amalgamated it in 1963.

 

On the northwest end of the community is one of Calgary's most popular parks, Bowness Park. The park sits between the Bow River and a lagoon, and is popular for picnics, summer sports, ice skating in the winter, and boating. It is also part of the city's large pedestrian pathway network. To the south-east, it is bordered by Edworthy Park.

 

Bowness is represented in the Calgary City Council by Ward 1

The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.[3]



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  • 8144 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4112405

    Main Photo: 8144 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4112405
    $349,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4112405
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    848 sq. ft.
    Beautiful 848 sq.ft. Bungalow Fully Finished within Walking Distance to Bowness High School & Bow River Pathway. This 1+1 Bedrms, 2 Full Baths Family Home offers 50'x120' South Facing Lot, Roller Shutters on Windows, Sunny Living Room with Gas Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Large Eat-in Kitchen, Good Sized Master Bedroom, Laundry Room & 4 pc Bath with Jetted Tub. Fully Finished Basement features Rec. Room, 1 Bedroom, 3 pc Bath with Sauna. Fully Fenced & Landscaped Backyard with Concrete patio, Storage Shed & Oversized Single Detached Garage. Great Location: Close to Bowness Park, School, Transit, Shopping, COP & Stoney Trail. Great for Young Family or Investors!!! More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (MOUNTAIN VIEW)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4539 72 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4111954

    Main Photo: 4539 72 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4111954
    $449,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4111954
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,542 sq. ft.
    Welcome the beautiful 2 story detached home in the heart of West Bowness! Built in 1980 with total of over 2200 sq ft of developed living space, this home is loaded with upgrades throughout the time. Spacious main floor invites you in to a large living room with cozy wood burning fire place and beautiful hardwood floors. New (2011) kitchen with SS appliances joins with huge dining room with matching built-ins and leads to bright sun room with the door to the back yard. Nice half bath completes the main level. Second floor with hardwood floors throughout consists of 3 large bedrooms and a renovated large bath with Jacuzzi tub. Master with huge walk-in closet, second bedroom with beautiful skylight and 3rd bedroom with magnificent views of COP. Full basement is completely finished with 4th bedroom and large family room and has a designated space for another bath. West back yard comes with a hot tub and double detached garage. Very quiet location yet minutes from Downtown, close to the River, Stoney Trail. This house has had many recent upgrades including: New stove and microwave oven (2017), refrigerator (2014), new roof (2013), High Efficiency furnace and Hot Water Tank (2008), garage insulation and drywall (2005), added R6 new exterior insulation and vinyl siding and windows (2004) just name a few. More details
    IQ REAL ESTATE INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8908 48 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4111996

    Main Photo: 8908 48 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4111996
    $609,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4111996
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,171 sq. ft.
    ** OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, Apr 29 @ 12-2pm ** LOCATION! LOCATION! A unique 75’ x 130’ lot that sits high above the Bow River, with an Original Britania Home. This 3 Bedroom 2.5 bathroom raised Bungalow has been impeccably maintained over its lifetime by its Original owners. With updates and upgrades including furnace, hot water tank, shingles, insulation, and was included in the EcoEnergy Retrofit Initiative Plan. There is pride of ownership inside & out. Open Layout with large windows and Gas Fireplace on the main level. Master has En suite and secondary bedrooms are large that share main bathroom. Basement hosts Recreation room w/ bar & extra fridge & extra Tv Room. Over-sized laundry room and storage plus workshop area and another full bathroom complete the lower level. Attached over-sized single garage is complimented by room for an additional 5-6 cars on over-sized driveway. Take this opportunity to have a Perfect Family Home in the most amazing location of Bowness. More details
    RE/MAX FIRST
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7703 39 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4111879

    Main Photo: 7703 39 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4111879
    $515,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4111879
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    909 sq. ft.
    Wow extensive renovations inside and out. Home was taken back to studs and rebuilt. New windows, wiring, plumbing, flooring, drywall, kitchen, baths, siding the list goes on and on. Beautiful new kitchen w/granite counters. 2+1 bedrooms. Full newer concrete foundation about 15 years old. New fully finished basement. Huge corner lot with sunny south back yard. Double garage. Move in and do nothing except enjoy. A rare find to find an updated bungalow to this extreme in Bowness. Ideally located close to several schools and amenities. More details
    SUTTON GROUP - CANWEST
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8116 Bowglen Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4110218

    Main Photo: 8116 Bowglen Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4110218
    $425,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4110218
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    880 sq. ft.
    Don't miss your opportunity to own this lovely home in the heart of Bowness. Located on a quiet crescent, this home is perfect for a first time home buyer or a downsizing couple. Inside you'll discover a professionally renovated main floor complete with beautifully refinished hardwood flooring, new baseboard, casings, doors, hardware and plumbing and lighting fixtures. The kitchen features custom white shaker ceiling-height cabinetry and subway-style back splash. The basement is unfinished. Outside you'll find a single attached garage and a large low maintenance back yard with plenty of room to roam and develop. Located well outside of the flood zone. Call for your private viewing today! More details
    MAXWELL CANYON CREEK
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on April 26, 2017

 

The Bow Valley, where Bowness is situated, has been occupied by native peoples since the end of the last ice age, around 10.500 years ago. Archeological evidence shows that the Nitsitapii (Blackfoot) have been in the area for over a thousand years, with StoneyCree and Tsuu T'ina peoples arriving from the sixteenth century onwards. Non-natives reached the region in the late 1700s, after which native populations began to decline rapidly, due to epidemics and the decimation of the bison herds on which they depended. In 1877, the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Tsuu T'ina and Stoney First Nations signed Treaty 7, accepting to live on reserves that covered some of their traditional hunting grounds.[4]

At about the same time Treaty 7 was signed, the Dominion Land Survey was done, making it easier to lease or sell land in the west of Canada. The area which is now Bowness was leased for a while by the Cochrane Ranche Company, from 1883. It was then bought and sold several times over the next few decades. Two of these sales were important for the subsequent history of Bowness. In 1890–91 Thomas Stone and Jasper M. Richardson purchased the land. They started the Bowness Ranche and built a ranch house whose stables and barns were on an island in the river which is now Bowness Park. The name Bowness was apparently chosen by Stone, who had enjoyed visiting Bowness-on-Windermere in the English Lake District before coming to Canada.[5]

The second sale of note was in 1908, to John Hextall, an English solicitor. Calgary, just six miles to the east, was booming at the time and Hextall envisioned turning Bowness into an exclusive residential suburb “in a natural scenic setting of great beauty”.[6] In 1911, he subdivided part of the ranch, built a bridge, and got the City of Calgary to run its streetcar line across the bridge into his development, which he called Bowness Estates. In return, he donated two islands on the Bow to the City, for use as a park, now known as Bowness Park. (This arrangement is strikingly similar to one made in 1909 to develop the Glenora suburb of Edmonton.)

Despite an aggressive advertising campaign, and improvements such as the building of a golf course and club house, only a handful of lots were sold. There was a downturn in the economy and then World War I broke out in 1914, and Hextall himself died the same year. After the war, Bowness languished, although Bowness Park was extremely popular with Calgarians, who came in the thousands on the street-car. Some small farms were established and enough lots sold to justify building a school in 1932, some stores, and in 1934 a post office. Marty Wood, the famous rodeo cowboy, arrived with his family in 1940 or 1941, and attended Bowness School. His parents opened riding stables on Chinook (now 34th.) Avenue. Of note also was the use of a large field near the park, the Bowness Flying Field, as Calgary's first commercial airport. It was managed by Fred McCall, a Canadian wartime flying ace, who flew mostly sightseeing flights to Banff and around the area throughout the twenties.

Bowness began to take off again after World War II, when the government provided 48 one acre plots to returning veterans, in an area known as the Soldiers' Settlement. Schools and churches were built and in 1947 two theatres were opened to serve the growing population. In 1948, Bowness became a village. A volunteer fire brigade was formed, a fire hall built, and other public services provided. The status of town was achieved in 1952, with John Mackintosh being elected as the first mayor of the Town of Bowness.

Finally, the town of Bowness was amalgamated into the City of Calgary in 1963.[7][8]

Since Bowness was amalgamated, it has had to cope with a number of social issues. In part due to its origins as an autonomous community, Bowness is home to both wealthy and disadvantaged residents and is more socioeconomically diverse[2] than many of Calgary's newest suburban neighborhoods. This diversity has contributed to some socioeconomic problems in the community (including crime[9]). An example of this socioeconomic diversity can be seen in the difference in housing stock between the high-priced homes and properties along the Bow River, and the less expensive, former military housing just a few blocks away.

 

Like many older Calgary neighbourhoods, Bowness is experiencing gentrification with the renovation and reconstruction of some of the housing and commercial properties. For example, between 2006 and 2010 the commercial properties along "Main Street" Bowness have undergone renovation and revitalization including the Former Bowness Hotel Site (now called Hextall Place)[10] and the Bow Cycle Building.

 

Bowness is home to a number of unique annual events including the Lions Club Stampede Parade and Breakfast[11] held the first weekend of Stampede; the Tour de Bowness[12] held at the end of July; and the Harvest Fair[13] held the second weekend in September.

 

Content derived from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowness,_Calgary