Bow River access plan engagement

Public and stakeholder input on a draft plan to help improve recreational access to the Bow River in 2017 contributed to the final plan.

This engagement has been archived.
Status: Completed
Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks
Completed: 2017


Over the last 30 years, the Bow River has grown in reputation to become a world famous fly-fishing destination and popular area for rafting and canoeing. Considering the interest and potential, there is a desire to improve access to the river and foster tourism opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of the fishery.

In response, in 2017, the Government of Alberta developed a Bow River Access Plan through consultation and engagement with First Nations, Métis and stakeholders. Public consultation was done through an online survey, which helped direct the final plan

The final access plan establishes a 52 km connected river access network that will be an excellent draw for anglers, water recreation enthusiasts and the more than one million people that live along the shore of the Bow River.

The Alberta government is committed to partnerships with anglers, guides and tourism operators to enhance the management and stewardship of Bow River access sites.

Life cycle

Draft access plan: February to June 2017

Online public survey: July 4 to 31, 2017

Final access plan released: 2019


Bow River Access Plan: Draft Plan 2017
Bow River Access Plan: What We Heard Report 2017
Bow River Access Plan: Final Plan 2019

Related links

Outdoor recreation
Bow Basin water management options
City of Calgary River Access Strategy