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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  • 8524 BOWGLEN Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4254411

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    $465,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4254411
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,260 sq. ft.
    *OH Sat. & Sun. 1-4:00* Awesome opportunity for a 4 bedroom family home with over 2,000 sqft. of living space in a charming community! A cozy porch welcomes you to the home and once inside you will notice the open feel between the living room and modern upgraded kitchen. A large bay window fills the living space with sunlight. The functional kitchen looks out to the huge fenced yard, mature evergreen & fruit trees, RV parking pad/heated garage (20' x '24) and a greenhouse! The master bedroom is very spacious with lots of storage, two additional bedrms are on the main floor. The basement includes a large family room with a bar & fridge, a large bedrm, full bathrm, laundry rm and two large storage rms. Loads of upgrades- 2018: shingles, laminate floor, main floor windows, dishwasher. Previous upgrades include furnace, maple hardwood, cabinets, stainless steel appliances, AC unit, new garage door. A short walking distance to Bowness Park/River pathways, schools, shopping, playgrounds & COP is up this hill. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX IREALTY INNOVATIONS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 1 6630 BOWWOOD Drive NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4254050

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    $274,800
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4254050
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,398 sq. ft.
    Very well located quaint seven unit complex in the heart of Bowness! A short walk to near by trendy restaurants, easy access west to the mountains, transportation just out your door, close to U of C and two hospitals and only a short commute to downtown. Very bright, immaculate, three bedroom end unit offers many numerous upgraded features including; beautiful white European kitchen cabinets, newer laminate and tile flooring (c/w two heated in-floor tile floor areas, main entrance and upstairs bath room) cozy wood burning fireplace with log lighter in living room, separate dining room area, patio doors to Romeo and Juliet patio, good size master incl. walk-in closet, updated 4-pce bath room, and convenient upstairs laundry. Large tandem double car garage plus a large flex/storage room. Very well maintained self managed complex. Excellent value here! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX LANDAN REAL ESTATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4511F 75 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4254241

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    $198,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4254241
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    450 sq. ft.
    In the heart of Bowness is this professionally renovated, large and modern 2 bedroom bi-level townhome in a very convenient location, just steps away from the brand new state of the art skate park in 77 ST park. From top to bottom this 900 sqft of developed space has been meticulously updated and features brand new: flooring thru-out, insulation, kitchen, opened dining room to the living, stacking laundry, large front balcony with park views, all new paint plus so much more!! Very well run self managed condo complex with low condo fees & bylaws in place to promote family living, including no marijuana growing or smoking on common / private property allowed. Additional features of the building include newer patio and fire pit area, fenced in private courtyard, plus all newer windows, doors and roof on the building. Water/Sewer included with condo fees giving this good value. Just steps to the Bownesian Grocery store & a short drive to downtown, U of C, C.O.P. and Children's / Foothills hospitals. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6530 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4254198

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    $1,250,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4254198
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    902 sq. ft.
    Prime investment opportunity with options! RIVERFRONT LIVING & has NOT FLOODED. This 2 bedroom bungalow sits on a 100 FT frontage X 294 FT lot. The property meets all city requirements to sub-divide and still keep R-1 zoning. Enjoy one of the rarest riverfront opportunities with ultra convenient yet luscious walking paths and biking trails year round! Escape the city without actually leaving! Along with the quick access to downtown (15 minutes), WinSport & the Rocky Mountains, enjoy the year round activities at Bowness Park for all ages. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX HOUSE OF REAL ESTATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8820 48 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Land for sale : MLS®# C4253993

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    $1,499,000
    Land
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4253993
    148 feet wide lot on the very quiet Bowness Park Lagoon, this is possibly Calgary's premier lot available at this time. With a depth of 183 feet this high and dry lot sits well above the designated flood zone making financing and insuring as well as building your dream home a lot easier and sensible. With mature trees and shrubs your privacy in the city will be unbelievable with views of the river and park abundant. This inner city .61 acre lot is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. This property is being sold as Land only, buildings to be demolished/removed at buyers expense. More details
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    PATRICK HOSPES
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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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