What We Do
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation exists to support Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, one of Alberta’s most unique provincial parks. Located along the north shore of the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane, the park boundaries encompass more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland and native grasslands. These surroundings provide fantastic opportunities for the foundation to teach visitors about significant natural features, endangered ecosystems and rare species, archaeological finds such as teepee rings, the historic Glenbow town-site and quarry, and the ranching and industrial history of the region.
OUR MISSION: Protect and promote Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park through engagement, education, collaboration and conservation
OUR VISION: To make Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park one of the most inspiring, accessible and healthy protected urban parks in North America
OUR HISTORY: The foundation was established in 2007. The GRPF is part of the Harvie family’s contribution to the build-out of the provincial park, making it accessible to all Albertans. We are a registered charitable organization working to make Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park a great destination for visitors and to residents of Alberta.
– Since 2011 we’ve built nearly 30km of trails and visitor facilities throughout the park including our most recently completed section of the Calgary to Cochrane Trail.
– Since 2016 our in school educational programming (Discover Archaeology and Discover Grasslands) has taught over 2,500 children from Cochrane and Calgary about the rich history of the lands that surround them and the need to protect them.
– Since our golf cart tours have offered hundrends of families, seniors and those with mobility issues a chance to see the park in its entirety all while learning about the cultural and historical uniqueness of the park. The deer, coyotes, snakes, osprey, eagels and countless ground squirells that often cross paths with the tours are always a big hit too!