1. Event: Pilgrimage, Sanctuary, and the Parks and Nature at End of Life

    We all feel it – whether looking outside, in a field, at a beach, or on a mountain – nature gives us perspective about life and death. In her talk “Pilgrimage, sanctuary, and the place of parks and nature at end of life” Dr. Sonya Jakubec will explain the background and lessons learned from a collection of Alberta Parks sponsored studies of park access and experiences for people in palliative care and grief and loss.  Through research discoveries, stories and documentary film, Sonya will share accounts of pilgrimage and sanctuary – and the ways parks and nature provide peace and comfort at end of life. Join us for this life affirming journey with your interest, dialogue and discussion – after all, nothing is more natural than death and loss!

    Come on out for this unique talk, it is sure to be a very enlightening evening!

    About Dr. Sonya Jakubec: Dr. Sonya Jakubec is a Registered Nurse, and Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Her research alongside community, provincial, national organizations is concerned with the interconnection of supportive environments and well-being across the lifespan. 

  2. Event: Geology Golf Cart Tour

    Ever wondered why the Rockies exist to the west of Glenbow Ranch, and not to the East? What would Senator Cochrane’s crew have encountered digging a humongous water well on Glenbow Ranch? Why are springs critical to the ecosystems in the park? What will the Bow Valley look like in 40,000 years into the future? Join Michael Taylor on a wander through the geological ages of Glenbow Ranch, and see the park through the eyes and imagination of a veteran field geologist.

    When: June 1st at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – meet in the parking lot.

    Where: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

    Cost: $25 Maximum 15 people

    Make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly!

    Register here to reserve your spot!!

  3. Event: The Invisible Micro-Universe

    Ready to explore the world you can’t see?! Robert Berland’s presentation will include a wide variety of photographs and movies of micro-organisms found living in ponds, rivers, streams, moss and fields including close-ups of arthropods, protozoa, and tardigrades (water bears). This amazing universe of organisms is all around us, and these aliens can be photographed with a microscope and digital camera.

    Most people have never seen the alien life that lives in our backyard, our gutters, and bird baths. Some of these tiny complex creatures do not age, they can with stand Ultra-violet light, X-rays, extreme temperatures, desiccation and even survive in the vacuum and cold of outer space.

    About Robert Berdan: Dr. Robert Berdan is a professional nature photographer living in Calgary, AB specializing in nature, wildlife and science photography. Robert retired from Cell\Neurobiology research to take up photography full time years ago. Robert offers photo guiding and private instruction in all aspects of nature photography, Photoshop training, photomicrography, and macrophotography. His most recent photography focuses on the micro-world around us.

  4. Event: Jane’s Walks at GRPP

    Jane’s Walk Calgary has been an initiative of Calgary Foundation since 2008, in partnership with Jane’s Walk International. They are free, locally-led walking tours inspired by legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods and parks and they are coming to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park!

    We have three Jane’s Walks happening at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in early May! Click on the links for more details. Don’t forget they are all free of charge!

    Check out this latest news article that featured the new partnership between Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Jane’s Walk! Just a note that the May 5th walk is at 1:00 pm and not 2:00 pm as the article states!

    Friday, May 3rd @ 10:00 amHistoric Glenbow Park Walk
    Saturday, May 4th @ 10:00 amNature Photography Workshop and Walk
    Sunday, May 5th @ 1:00 pmGlenbow through the Eons Walk

  5. Event: Eagle Watch

    Ever wonder how fast North America’s largest bird of prey can dive?

    Since 1992, Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF) volunteers have performed annual raptor migration counts at the same site location in the Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

    The Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation is a non-profit organization, registered in the Province of Alberta, with Canadian charitable status. The Foundation is dedicated to the study of migrant and resident eagles and other birds of prey in the mountains of Western Canada.

    In addition to its scientific work, the Foundation is committed to educating people about birds of prey. This will help protect birds and their prey foods and habitats for the future.

    Come join us as we discuss these amazing birds and their annual journey through Kananaskis!

  6. Event: Star Night at the Park

    Join the Royal Astronomical Society for an exciting star-filled evening at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. The park skies are dark, so the heavens are brighter than ever!

    If you know of any other individuals who would like to take part, please let them know about this program and encourage them to register with us. 

  7. Event: Badgers in your Backyard

    A glimpse into the ecology of an important grassland predator.

    This presentation will give you insight into the ecology of North American badgers, demonstrate how these fossorial carnivores can help us maintain and restore healthily grassland systems, and dispel a few common myths.

  8. Event: Fat Bikes

    Are you curious about fat biking? Do you want to enjoy the great outdoors all while learning about the history and ecology of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park? Then Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and Bike Bros. of Cochrane are putting on an event you won’t want to miss! Our ride guide will show you techniques for maximum traction and fun all in the serenity of our Provincial Park.

  9. Event Registration: Hike the Park

    Panoramic views, extraordinary history, and a great trail system say it all. Enjoy all of this on guided hikes through the park. These hikes will be led by Alan Sitter, a Certified Hike Leader with Outdoor Council of Canada and avid hike leader for Special Needs individuals. Registration limited to 15 people.

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.

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