Bower Ponds is the heart of the Waskasoo Park system and a favourite location for people from throughout Central Alberta. This multi-season park offers almost two kilometres of paved trail around the interconnected ponds. Branching off from the ponds, paved trails lead to Great West Adventure Park (BMX) and Lions Campground to the north and Heritage Ranch to the south. Through the Waskasoo Park trail system, it is possible to connect with the entire city.
Bower Ponds features a playground overlooking the Red Deer River, a natural amphitheatre and covered stage, and a serenity garden at the north end of the ponds. In winter, the ice surfaces are cleaned for skating and the toboggan hill also provides a snowy destination for many. Whatever the season, the ponds are a picturesque backdrop for festivals, special events, and outings with family and friends.
Visitors to the park can access many amenities, including the Bower Ponds Pavilion, which has a concession and washrooms. At the pavilion, you can also rent skates in the winter, or kayaks and paddle boats in the warm seasons. Both the pavilion and the outdoor stage can also be rented through Facility and Park Bookings with The City of Red Deer.
The Cronquist House brings beautiful, historical charm to Bower Ponds, and this 1911 Victorian farmhouse can also be booked for special functions; contact The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society at 403-346-0055 for more information.
Directions to Bower Ponds
From Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2):
- Take 67 Street exit eastbound
- Turn right on Taylor Drive
- Turn right on Kerry Wood Drive
- Turn left on Fountain Drive
- Follow the signs
Mar 11 to Mid-May
The Bower Ponds Pavilion is currently closed due to a planned shutdown to prepare for the upcoming spring / summer season.
The facility hours of operation will be on updated prior to the re-opening in mid-May.
The Bower Ponds Pavilion will be available for rental / booking during the shutdown. For information please call 403-309-8411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Red Deer would like to remind the public that ice on water bodies, creeks and rivers become unstable quickly with the warming conditions we have been experiencing.
Ice thickness is currently being monitored and signs will be placed if conditions become unstable.
The public is asked to stay safe by obeying all signs and barricades.
Stay off areas which are posted as unsafe.
For more information:
General Information: 403-309-8411
Bower Ponds Pavilion Information Line: 403-347-9777
Concession / Boat Rental Inquiries: 403-318-6298
To rent the Cronquist House: Contact The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society 403-346-0055 or visit The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society