Bower Ponds Amenities & Activities

Bower Ponds features a playground overlooking the Red Deer River, a serenity garden and a natural amphitheatre with a covered stage. In winter, come and enjoy skating (no hockey sticks/pucks permitted), tobogganing or walking the trails.
Paddle Boats lined up at Bower Ponds in Summer of 2015.

Rentals

Bower Ponds offers a range of low cost, seasonal, family friendly rentals. The last rental of the day is at 7 p.m., and services are closed during poor weather. For more information, visit www.bowerponds.ca

Winter

Skate aids, helmets, and skate rentals of various sizes are available to get outdoors and enjoy a winter day. Want to bring your own skates but they're a bit dull? Skate sharpening is also available for a nominal fee.

Summer

Paddleboats, kayaks and canoes are available for rental in the warm summer months. For your safety, life jackets are included with the boat rental fees. To enhance your water experience, water balls have also recently been added to the rental options. A water ball is a large inflatable sphere that allows a person inside it to walk across the surface of the water. The giant ball is about two metres in diameter and has a zippered entrance to allow for easy entry and exit.

T‌rails

This multi-season park offers almost two kilometres of paved trail around the interconnected ponds. Branching off from the ponds, paved trails lead to Bower Ponds and Trail Map to the north and to the south. Through the Waskasoo Park Trail System, it is possible to connect with the entire city.

For more information on the 110 kilometres of soft and hard surface trails that traverse Red Deer's Waskasoo Park trail system, including up to date Pollinator Parks information for the winter months, visit the snow clearing page.

Fishing

After a flood in 2005, more fish species were naturally deposited into the pond. Some of these species, like Pike, are not friendly to trout and as a result the Rainbow Trout population is not able to thrive at the ponds anymore so Alberta Sustainable Resource Development no longer stocks the pond with Rainbow Trout.

‌Fishing at Bower Ponds is permitted. However all Alberta province wide regulations involving sportfishing must be adhered to. 

An Alberta Sportfishing Licence is required to fish in Alberta (see Licences and Costs and sportfishing definition). If you are under 16 years of age, an Alberta resident aged 65 or older, or a registered Indian under the Indian Act, you are not required to have a Sportfishing Licence, but you must follow sportfishing regulations. Sportfishing Licences are not required when a person is sportfishing on a designated Free Fishing Weekend

Firewood

‌Effective 2014, The City no longer provides free firewood in City parks.

‌Residents can purchase firewood for $10/bag at the Pavillion concession during business hours or bring their own wood with these considerations in mind:

  • Park users should not bring elm wood to their fires in order to minimize the spread of Dutch Elm Disease.
  • Park users are also prohibited from cutting down branches or using deadwood found in parks. Using deadwood to make a fire interferes with the natural processes in our parks. Dead and decaying trees protect our soil, water and wildlife habitats.
  • Park users are encouraged to purchase firewood from local suppliers such as Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Fort Normandeau, to reduce the risk of introducing tree pests.

The change was made in the budget for the following reasons:

  • It saves an estimated $40,000 annually from the operating budget.
  • It's hoped to reduce the number of large fires, which in the past have caused major damage to our city's much loved picnic shelters. 
  • The system was often misused, with approximately 30 per cent of wood being stolen from parks sites.
  • Most municipalities and provincial campgrounds do not offer free firewood in parks.

View the  page for more information, including hours of operation and contact information.

Pollinator Park

Bower Ponds is a City dedicated pollinator park. This initiative protects both native and planted habitat specifically for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds. In these parks especially, there is no spraying for weeds or insect pests, grass is left a little longer and the edges between grass and forest are more ragged - perfect for pollinators!

Please see the webpage for more information.

Booking Bower Ponds

Planning a birthday party, community skate night, or sports wrap up party? This may be the perfect place for you!

Join us for skating, game nights, or book Bower Ponds for your special event. The pavilion boasts large windows surrounding a small rustic fireside room, which allows you quick access to the ice surface in the winter and the paddle boats in the summer!

For more information call 403-318-6298 or visit www.bowerponds.ca.