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Get to know the Bow River Second Edition

Get to Know the Bow River

Get to Know the Bow River is a 16 page booklet that covers a wide range of topics in and around the Bow River and its major tributary in Calgary. This second edition includes an expanded discussion of river and urban flooding, and an updated history of peak floods on the Bow River.

Download a digital copy of the Get to Know the Bow River – Second Edition 2014 (2.2 MB PDF)

Hard copies are also available by contacting the CRV. Please put “Get to Know the Bow River” in the subject line.

Of course we love to hear who is reading our book and what you think of it. Drop us a line when you have a few minutes.

At Home on the Elbow River Booklet

At Home on the Elbow River

Find out more about the Elbow River Watershed that we share:

At Home on the Elbow River (1.5 MB PDF)

Elbow River Brown Trout Redd Count - Biologist Instructions Video

Video about the lower Elbow River Brown Trout Redd Count — explanation by Senior Biologist Chris Bjornson, of Golder & Associates, about what a “redd” is, how to count them, and why it is important. Click here to view this video on our YouTube channel.


Wetlands Wonderlands Video

Back when Calgary River Valleys was the River Valleys Committee under the Parks Foundation Calgary, we partnered with mutliple other groups to produce this 12 minute video about the role of wetlands in our environment. Click here to have a look at it on our YouTube page.

Sample Historical Articles

Dogs in River Park, Sandy Beach, Britannia Slopes & the Elbow River

River Park and Britannia Slopes are home to two treasured off-lease areas for Calgary dog owners. The proposed “Sandy Beach/River Park/Britannia Slopes Combined Park Management Plan & Design Development Plan” (2009 draft) introduced some changes that would be welcomed by some dog owners and troubling to others.

Click here to read the rest of the article (679 KB PDF).

Watershed Planning in Calgary, Alberta

Land use and development practices are critical to watershed health. Like all rivers, the water quantity and quality in the Bow and Elbow Rivers depend on the land area within their watersheds, but the idea that managing a river really involves managing land is only now emerging as a serious practice.

Click here to read the rest of the article (463 KB PDF).

The Secret Life of Urban Rivers

We think of Calgary’s rivers as “natural” environments within our rapidly growing city. The Bow and the Elbow are the cornerstones of Calgary’s aesthetic, recreational and natural capital assets, and our rivers and river valleys have long had a high priority in the local civic agenda. The value of water in a dry land has played a fundamental role in Calgary’s history and continues to affect development patterns. But are Calgary’s rivers really “natural” in the popular sense of the word – different from “built” or human-created environments?

Click here to read the rest of the article (476 KB PDF).

Federal Legislation Says “No” To Power Boats

The imagineCALGARY Plan for Long Range Urban Sustainability sums it up well: “For thousands of years, people have met at the confluence of two vital rivers to imagine and realize their futures.” For thousands of years, the Bow and Elbow rivers endured, largely intact and with only nominal recreational activities occurring along its shores and from drift boats and canoes.

Click here to read the rest of the article (604 KB PDF).