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History of Glenbow Ranch

The lands of the Glenbow Ranch have a history spanning thousands of years:

Establishment of the Park

In August 2006, the Government of Alberta approved acquisition of 1,314 ha (3,246 acres) of ranchland near Calgary from the Harvie family.

The Harvie family also donated $6 million to establish the Harvie Conservancy Foundation. The foundation was to provide sponsorship funds for Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the recently-established Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park near Edmonton.

In April 2008, the Government of Alberta officially created Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Facility Development

A $3 million Recreational Infrastructure Canada grant was secured by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in 2010. Construction concluded in summer 2011 resulting in pathways, viewpoints, fencing, maps and interpretive signs, a railway crossing, and washroom and picnic facilities. There are now more than 25 kilometres of pathways that provide access to the park's diverse natural and cultural features.


Updated: Jul 4, 2017