The Harvie Passage is a popular area of the Bow River among paddlers and rafters. It reopened in 2018, after being closed since the 2013 flood. The passage consists of a high water channel, for skilled paddlers and a low water channel for novice paddlers.
Calgarians can now enjoy:
- Increased safety and navigability
- Improved fish passage and habitat
- Improved on and off river recreational opportunities
- Aesthetic improvements
- New and diverse opportunities for recreational boating
Originally opened to the public in 2012, the Harvie Passage was designed and built to minimize the hazards posed by the existing Calgary Weir and create recreational opportunities for both novice and skilled paddlers.
There are also a few areas to get wet on a hot day and there is a good map onsite to help you determine which areas are faster than others. Access to Harvie Passage is through Pearce Estates on the east end of Inglewood. You can park at the Bow Habitat Station and head to the river, and the path will lead to the rapids either way. There is signage showing which way to go and there are many spots to enter the water from, although some are easier than others.