Did you remember to pick up your book from the Bowness Historical Society? If not give them a quick call at 403–288-1737 or pick up a copy at the BCA office!
It was the entrepreneur and visionary, John Hextall whose subdivision plans, registered in 1911, which became the framework for the village and town. Bowness Park and the street car are also closely associated with his legacy.
Hextall’s grandiose plans faded with the beginning of World War One. The land sat primarily vacant until after the Second World War when a settlement of veterans, as well as Dutch and German immigrants grew. The Bowness community quickly grew into a village in 1948, then as a town in 1952 and finally into part of the city of Calgary in 1964.
The leisure areas of Bowness Park and Bowness Golf and Country Club, the Alberta Ice Company and the Baker Memorial Sanatorium, helped to shape the identification of Bowness.
The stories and achievements of the families who have lived in the valley are rich and diverse.