Bowness Park rink bounces back from a devastating flood

How my first visit back to the recently flooded oasis has me escaping Calgary's concrete jungle

EmbracethumbnailBowness Park will officially reopen on Feb. 7 with a skating party hosted by The City of Calgary Parks and the Bowness Community Association.

After the Calgary flood of 2013, Bowness Park was forced to close and faced many lifeless days. Since half of the pre-existing structures needed to be repaired, the park was closed to the public until deemed safe.

The park was donated to the City of Calgary by John Hextall in 1911 to ensure the developing streetcar service in Calgary would extend to the town of Bowness. Hextall first bought the 2481.65 acres of land in 1908. He quickly realized the profit of his riverside land and soon began developing, turning his land into a town. Although the streetcar service stopped in the '50s many Calgarians still visit the park today.

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Rampage City Paintball hosts “Mad Max” scenario game


Produced by Jodi Brak

This piece was filmed during the Oct. 4 big game at the Rampage City Paintball outdoor field, just outside of Millarville. It was a very interesting experience filming a paintball game. I had to keep my head on a swivel to follow the action and avoid taking a shot directly in the lens. I got shot a lot, but I managed to save the equipment! About 100 players showed up for a day of intense paintball, battling for ammo dumps, fuel depots and trophies of war in a scenario inspired by the Mad Max films. Many of Calgary and area's top paintball teams came out to the event, along with others from all different skill levels. Players had the chance to win various prizes, including paintball equipment, cash prizes, and a Sony Playstation 4 console.

Reader Rock Garden


Produced by Jesse Yardley

Just minutes from downtown – at the foot of Cemetery Hill – is a hidden oasis of nature called Reader Rock Garden. A City of Calgary parks superintendent, William Roland Reader, was the visionary behind the garden. Reader worked for the city from 1913 until 1942. For 30 years Reader experimented with thousands of plants, turning what was once a barren hillside into one of western Canada's most important gardens. The garden, which was restored in 2006, is now classified as a Provincial Historic Resource. A wonderful array of flowers and plants can be seen throughout the growing season, but the park is most spectacular in spring. As the seasons change visitors come to enjoy a beverage at the Reader's Garden Café or to take in the sights. It's not uncommon to see couples getting married, students celebrating graduation or children laughing and playing on the lawn just outside the café. In autumn, the park transforms. Warm light filters down through the leaves and the stone pathways are littered with yellow and orange fallen leaves. Whether you're a photographer, painter, gardener or just someone that enjoys nature, the Reader Rock Garden is one of Calgary's most beautiful destinations and well worth a visit.

The beauty of Banff National Park


Produced by Skye Anderson

Banff is a special place to me because I have always loved the mountains and enjoy the different attractions it has to offer. My family and I would always go to the mountains to ski when I was younger, so the mountains are somewhat nostalgic to me. The Banff Springs Hotel has always fascinated me because of its beautiful architecture and extensive history. Banff is also known for it's fudge and chocolate, so one of my favourite things to do while visiting is walk around downtown and take in all the wonderful smells of homemade crafts. I hope to one day live in my favourite place, but for now, it is somewhere special I go to relax and rejuvenate.