The Town of Bowden offers quiet small town living with all the amenities of larger communities right at its doorstep. With its recreational and educational facilities it is an ideal community for a young family looking to purchase their first home or a retired couple who desire a quiet town to settle in. As a bedroom community on Highway 2, many residents choose to commute to Olds, Innisfail, Red Deer and even Calgary.
EDUCATION Bowden Grandview School is a public education facility offering kindergarten through grade twelve. It is included in the Chinook's Edge School Division. The school has a capacity of approximately 550 students and consistently achieves a high academic standing for graduating students.
The school also strives to introduce modern technology, into its classroom environment, starting with the Grade two model technology classroom. The Grade one students even have their own web page! For the higher grades the school has a fully functioning CTS lab where students learn media productions and web page development.
For parents with younger children the Bowden Playschool runs concurrently with the school year and has classes for children who are three and four year old.
Post secondary opportunities also exist within short driving distance at Olds College and Red Deer College. The University of Calgary is also within an hour of the Town.
SENIORS HOUSING Parkland Foundation Management Body is the Bowden office responsible for the operation and administration of 148 seniors housing units in central Alberta, including the following properties in Bowden:
20 self-containted suites in Westview Manor, 1706 - 23 Street
10 self-contained suites in Bow Glen Court, 1804 - 23 Street
These are rent-geared-to-income 500 square foot apartments built in the 1970s and originally managed by the Lions Club of Bowden. They are rented to healthy seniors who are able to care for themselves. The Provincial Government provides deficit funding to Parkland Foundation to enable people to stay in their own communities as long as they are safe. There are no meals or services provided, but maintenance of the buildings and grounds is taken care of by Parkland Foundation.
Parkland Foundation: Housing for Seniors
4045 - 50 Avenue, Innisfail, AB T4G 1B2
Bowden has a wide range of recreation facilities available including the Igloo Ice Arena (403-224-2445), two baseball diamonds, and several soccer fields. Amenities that both visitors and residents will enjoy include the Bowden Pioneer Museum, Community Hall and campground. Located throughout town there are several parks and playgrounds with modern playground equipment.
COMMUNITY ACTION PARK
Bowden residents are now building a new park, the Bowden Community Action Park. Located at the corner of 21st Street and 22nd Avenue, this park includes an outdoor skating rink, horseshoe pits, a gazebo, skatepark, green space, and picnic tables.
If you are able to volunteer for the Committee or future projects, please contact Keith Bailey at 403-559-8489.
BOWDEN HI WAY GOLF ASSOCIATION
Bring your golf clubs! Bowden is home to one of Alberta's neatest and challenging 9 hole golf courses. There's a Pro Shop, clubhouse and a fully licensed restaurant called Jack's Kitchen for your pleasure. Phone: 403-224-2121.
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED
The Bowden Recreation & Culture Board needs you! Volunteers are urgently needed to be a part of this committee. Help plan and organize great community events such as Canada Day Celebrations, BBQ & Movie in the Park + Garden Market, Sleigh Ride and Tour of Light and much more! Call the Town Office at 403-224-3395 to join.
SIAN'S MAINLY ALLEY WALKS
Are you ready to get out and enjoy the sunshine now that winter is over? Why not try Sian's Mainly Alley Walks!
This map highlights 4 different short walks that you can take in town that will get you out into the fresh air in Bowden. You may just run into a neighbour or two out enjoying our spring just like you and your family. Enjoy!
Thanks to Sian Richards from Bowden Physiotherapy for taking the time to get this wonderful map going!
Bowden has all the social amenities you can imagine, with service clubs and volunteer organizations providing entertainment, events and activities in the community. Please feel free to contact any of the following organizations for more information.