Quick Facts

Believe it or not, this grasslands park does have trees. The Narrows provides a cool stretch of relief from the summer heat and shelter from biting winter winds. A great location for birding.

Trail Restrictions: None – pedestrians and cyclists permitted

Trail Composition: 3.3 km Paved

Average Walking Time (one way – no stopping): 1 Hour

Seasonality: Open Year-Round (take note that ice may be present in fall through spring months). Pending seasonal flooding and ice build-up the trail may occasionally be closed at the east washroom over the winter months – please check our Trail Closures site for updates.

Trail Profile:


Highest Elevation: ~1109 m

Lowest Elevation: ~1092 m

Trail Details:

The narrows is a beautiful area of the Park. Here, the river and the valley wall squeeze together in The Narrows – the obvious source of the trail’s name.

The far east end of The Narrows was where the original Canadian Pacific Railway Glenbow Water Tower was located – this making sense of the name Glenbow: Glen meaning a narrow valley, and Bow the name of the valley’s river.

The Narrows is well-known as a good birding area – home to everything from Pileated Woodpeckers, Kingbirds, and a variety of songbirds.

Contact Us

FOR PROGRAMS: 403-851-9053 or

SnailMail: 255001 Glenbow Road

Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7

Phone: 403-851-9053

Email: experienceglenbow@grpf.ca


Park Hours                                                                                                                                                                     The park is open for your enjoyment Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

Visitor Information Centre                                                                                                                                       Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability:

*During inclement weather, or when the road conditions on Glenbow Road are impassable for cars, the centre will remain closed.

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