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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]



Bowness

Bowness Real Estate

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  • 8311 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Duplex for sale : MLS®# C4226145

    Main Photo: 8311 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Duplex for sale : MLS®# C4226145
    $779,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4226145
    Bedrooms:
    10
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    827 sq. ft.
    Outstanding opportunity to own a recently renovated Duplex. Upper suites have been extensively renovated and boast open concept kitchen, new cabinets, new counter tops and back splash. Newer laminate flooring throughout main and lower suites. Bathrooms have been completely renovated in the last 3 years. No carpet up or down, no pets, no smoking. Both upper suites have a covered balcony off the front. New electrical (2012) panels and furnaces replaced, new roof (2012). This building has off street parking for 6 cars. A 26 x 24 double over sized detached garage(heated and insulated) with covered attached carports for 2 cars. Two storage sheds attached to the garage 8 x 10 . This building has been well cared for and shows pride of ownership throughout. Well maintained and nicely landscaped yard. Current owners have owned for 10 years, previous owners 12 years. This is a great opportunity to buy a well cared for building! More details
    Listed by FIRST PLACE REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 5 6203 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness Condo for sale : MLS®# C4226925

    Main Photo: 5 6203 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness Condo for sale : MLS®# C4226925
    $189,900
    Apartment
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4226925
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    992 sq. ft.
    One owner condo...why rent??? Very spacious and bright 992sqft two bedroom upper unit in small and quaint, very well maintained complex! Excellent Bowness location close to trendy restaurants, river and bike pathways( this complex did not flood), transportation is at your door step, easy access west to the mountains and a short commute to downtown. Handy Insuite laundry and storage room. Bright sunny and south facing balcony. The were numerous upgrades in the past 5 years and this unit shows very well! This unit also has one under cover assigned parking stall but has potential to have access to another stall if requested. This a is great unit in building that does not come up for sale very often. Act fast on this one. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6403 35 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4226904

    Main Photo: 6403 35 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4226904
    $369,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4226904
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,418 sq. ft.
    MOTIVATED SELLERS!!! 50 X 122 FT RC2 CORNER LOT, ACROSS FROM THE PLAYGROUND/GREENSPACE. Sunny South Backyard!! Over 1,400 SQFT on the main level, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Single attached garage. Close to public transit, schools and all the shops along the Bowness strip! Great investment property for future development, revenue or first time buyers. Call today! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8343 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4226450

    Main Photo: 8343 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4226450
    • Art and Design are infused into every corner of this eclectic community.
    • The historic tram once used to transport people through the Town of Bowness is now a dining experience on Main Street
    • The pond in Bowness Park
    • Brand new wading pool is a community gathering area for parents and children all summer long.
    • The Bowness Park offers the ultimate Canadiana experience. Pond skating.
    • The only one of its kind in Calgary. The Douglas Fir Tree Sanctuary is an old growth forest in the city that is protected and open all year round.
    $464,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4226450
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    882 sq. ft.
    New windows, siding, insulation, shingles and a brand new 6 foot high privacy fence keep this home quiet, and private. A short walk to one of the most sought after elementary schools in Calgary, Baker Park, The Pond, Main Street Shops and Eats and of course the renowned Bowness Park. Within the community of Bowness you can hike a remote old growth forest, downhill ski and snowboard, canoe, iceskate, play pond hockey, tennis, disc golf, and cycle into downtown in 15mins! This home offers you two full kitchens with complete stainless steel pkg, a total of 3 bedrooms, 2 wood burning fireplaces, oversized heated, finished, garage with workshop and indoor/outdoor dog run and 2 RV spots. With one church adjacent and another located behind there is no shortage of extra parking and peace and quiet. See links in MLS listings for video and brochures. New zoning of RC-2, and a non-conforming MIL area downstairs is the perfect combination for future development or current mtg helper. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX WEST REAL ESTATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 3320 77 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4210557

    Main Photo: 3320 77 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4210557
    $578,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4210557
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,056 sq. ft.
    LOCATION ALERT! Looking for privacy? Incredible property featuring a fully developed bi-level located on a quiet street adjacent to green space. This home is situated on a huge lot with an oversized double garage plus gated RV parking! Large bright kitchen has new flooring, bench seat in dinette, and features double garden doors leading to a large acrylic covered patio with hot tub overlooking beautiful landscaped yard, creating a private oasis. Hardwood floors throughout main, open living and dinning room, 2 bedrooms up with 5 pc bathroom including jetted tub. 2 bedrooms down, bright family room with large windows, utility room, new carpets and updated 3 pc bath. Back fenced yard over 150 ft. deep with storage shed. Recent updates include new windows, bathroom, garage door, furnace and roof. Call for more details today. More details
    Listed by CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on February 20, 2019 at 02:10 PM (UTC)

 

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

 

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