Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

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Park Management

ClassificationProvincial Park
LegislationProvincial Parks Act
Park Size3,296.86 Acres  /  1,334.24 Ha
Legal BoundaryO.C.136/2008
Administration / Information403-678-0760 
Regional OfficeKananaskis Region Regional Office
District OfficeCochrane-Glenbow District
Natural RegionParkland - Foothills Parkland 
Natural Region Description

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park protects spectacular natural landscapes and historical resources along the Bow River, between Calgary and Cochrane.

Land Use Framework RegionSouth Saskatchewan 


Research and science-based planning have been shaping management of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park since its creation in 2006.  To ensure Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park's sensitive and significant natural and historical features are protected, a detailed biophysical inventory and an archaeological assessment were conducted. An interim park management plan was developed to provide a framework for initial development of facilities and services in the park.

Ongoing research into fescue grasslands is being conducted through the Foothills Fescue Research Institute, a branch of Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. Reclamation projects, study plots and demonstration beds are being developed throughout the park. Contact Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation for more information on these projects or to help with fescue grassland reclamation.

Management Structure

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta's newest provincial parks. Located along the north shore of the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane, it consists of more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland. The park

  • Preserves and protects significant natural features, including endangered ecosystems and rare species
  • Provides a unique opportunity to showcase the rich history of ranching and historic Glenbow townsite

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is managed through a formal partnership with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. The Park Board consists of equal representation from Alberta Environment & Parks and the Harvie Conservancy Foundation.  The Park Board makes recommendations to the Minister for development in the area. It also provides direction for Parks Division staff and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation who collaborate to develop and deliver facilities and services.

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park continues to be a working ranch. Cattle graze the park's fescue grasslands, helping to support the continued health of this threatened landscape. As bison once did on the prairies, cattle eat last year's protein-rich stalks in late fall and winter. Sunlight is then able to penetrate the growing bases of the grass in early spring, which ensures healthly emergence of new fescue stalks.

Educational Resources



Updated: Jun 4, 2020