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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

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  • 7121 37 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4133345

    Main Photo: 7121 37 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4133345
    $359,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4133345
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,010 sq. ft.
    Incredible opportunity to own a 5 bedroom 2 bath duplex bungalow home in desirable Bowness! The open main floor has a GENEROUS great room, good sized dining area, & kitchen w/ newer appliances. THREE bedrooms on the main floor plus a full 4-pce bath. A SEPARATE side entrance provides access to the 2 bed, 1 bath BASEMENT SUITE w/ a full kitchen, living rm, & dining area. Live rent down! Plenty of parking in both the front and back of the home. Very close to schools, parks, and shopping. Shows 10+, this is a must to be seen! More details
    ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7720 46 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Land for sale : MLS® # C4133196

    Main Photo: 7720 46 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Land for sale : MLS® # C4133196
    $464,900
    Land
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4133196
    Builders & Investors: Huge 15.27 x 36.7 m. R-C2 lot ready for New Infill building project. Flat Vacant lot without any Structures or Trees. Quiet Bowness small town feel. Many new infills in the area and in the same street. Close to Bowness Park & River, Bike paths, TransCanada Highway, Canada Olympic Park, Stoney Trail, University of Calgary, Market Mall and Minutes to Downtown. Listing Realtor is Co-Owner and is Licenced Realtor in the Province of Alberta. More details
    REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6511 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4133138

    Main Photo: 6511 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4133138
    $399,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4133138
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    876 sq. ft.
    Great starter home and/or investment property! Legal, non-conforming up/down duplex with 2 bedroom fully self contained basement suite, heated double detached garage and all on a huge, private 50 x 122 ft RC-2 south rear lot! The main floor has been modified to include one big master bedroom with huge walk-in closet, big country style kitchen with L-shaped countertop, seperate laundry area, dining room with french doors to the front deck and a living room with big picture window. The lower 2 bedroom suite is half above grade, well-lit and features it's own entrance, seperate laundry room and private front offstreet parking. More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4624 81 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4132753

    Main Photo: 4624 81 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4132753
    $310,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4132753
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,045 sq. ft.
    Excellent location for this 3 bedroom home on nice street close to Bowness Park and shopping/restaurants. Recent improvements include shingles in 2012, hot water tank last year, most appliances replaced, gas fireplace, and laminate flooring, wet bar, and new bathroom on the lower level. The yard is fenced and has a large deck. Call today for your private viewing! More details
    ONE PERCENT REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6140 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4132519

    Main Photo: 6140 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4132519
    $374,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4132519
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,560 sq. ft.
    Only a few short minutes to the Bow River, Shouldice Park & Market Mall shopping is this beautifully appointed townhome...a stylish two storey end unit with 3 bedrooms in this upscale tri-plex. Prime location in the historic neighbourhood of Bowness, this gorgeous low-maintenance home offers rich hardwood floors, wonderful maple kitchen & low monthly condo fees. Complemented by 9ft ceilings, you'll love the open concept main floor with its living room with corner gas fireplace, spacious dining room area & maple kitchen with full-height cabinets & black appliances, island with raised bar & big walk-in pantry. Three lovely bedrooms await on the upper level which features a sunny master bedroom with walk-in closet & private ensuite with oversized shower. There are walk-in closets in both of the kids bedrooms, large family bathroom & great-sized closet for your linens & towels. The unspoiled lower level has roughed-in plumbing for another bathroom, laundry & tremendous potential for future living space. There's a great front patio area where you sit back & relax under the sun & enjoy the fresh open air, Hunter Douglas blinds, underground sprinklers, parking stall in the back plus bus stops only steps from your front door & leisurely stroll to local shopping & restaurants. Your not-to-miss chance to settle down in this popular family community, easy commute to the University of Calgary & hospitals, Edworthy Park & downtown. More details
    ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on August 17, 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

 

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