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Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks
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.
Draft access plan: February to June 2017
Online public survey: July 4 to 31, 2017
Final access plan released: 2019
Last updated: May 15, 2020