More than paddle boats or ice skating, Bower Ponds is a gorgeous park full of attractions.
Geese, Goslings, Deer, and Muskrats are just a few animals that make an appearance throughout the park! Please do not feed or disrupt the wildlife, we want them to enjoy their visit too!
Let’s be honest, nothing says a good time like kids running around laughing and racing down the slides!
Cronquist House is historically significant as the home of Emmanuel Petterson Cronquist and his family, who arrived with the first wave of Swedish immigrants to Central Alberta in 1893. In 1976, the community rallied to save Cronquist House when it was threatened with demolition. The house was moved from its original location at the Cronquist Farm to its current location in Bower Ponds.
Our Pollinator Park provides education for our guests and habitat – food and shelter – for many native pollinators.
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! Inside you will find our cafe, skate rentals, fireside room, washrooms and games room.
Come for an ice cream or hot chocolate and stay a while! A great destination with a gorgeous view of the park. A great way to enjoy the sun or take a break from ice skating.
Even when the pavilion is closed, these washrooms are accessible from the south side of the pavilion all day!
Bower Ponds welcomes your pets as long as you keep them on leash!
Enjoy many events throughout the summer like Red Deer’s Canada Day Celebrations and Shakespeare in the Park.
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 sport fishing must be adhered to.
Two fountains keep the pond healthy through the summer months. A pleasure to look at and a joy to row your boat under. A refreshing part of our park.
Over 10 km of beautiful trails connect attractions along the Red Deer River like Heritage Ranch, Bower Ponds, Mckenzie Trails, and Three Mile Bend.