Harvie Passage Whitewater Park

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Harvie Passage Whitewater Park is a 42 acre sports facility located in the heart of Inglewood, Calgary. Harvie 2.0 was opened in 2018 following an extensive post-flood rebuild. Many improvements have made the facility one of Calgary's top multi-sports facilities. Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rafting, drift boating and floating are all activities that can be done safely (with some preparation) at the facility.

Safety

  • Always wear a PDF or lifejacket
  • Helmets are recommended (the concrete is hard)
  • Footwear is recommended (the concrete is rough)
  • Education is key - take a course! Kayak Clubs in Calgary
  • Throw rope, whistle, bailing device are mandated by Transport Canada
  • When in doubt, scout first
  • Being on the river is recommended for strong swimmers only. The waves, currents and cold water require a new set of skills.

Sports

  • Canoe/Kayak Recreation - Float down, eddy hop, surf a wave, enjoy a sunset on the river after a long day at work.
  • Slalom Canoe/Kayak - Olympic - Navigate around the red or green poles as fast as you can. The slalom course was built by Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak. 
  • Freestyle Canoe/Kayak - Use the whitewater features (waves/holes) to surf and do tricks
  • SUP - Challenge yourself. How long can you stand on your board? Can you follow one of the kayaks around?
  • Surfing - At certain water levels some of the waves are surfable. Get comfortable paddling in whitewater before you head out to the Mountain Wave at the Kananaskis.
  • Drift Boat - The right channel allows for passage from the City section of the Bow, to the lower Bow. Watch out for the s-bend at drop 4.
  • Rafting/Floating - Get wet and have fun. Float down the right channel on a hot day to cool off. 
Harvie Slalom Kids

 

Area

Right (South) Channel

  • Class 2 whitewater
  • The right channel is where 95% of people will participate
  • Pool-drop features on the top and bottom, with a meandering middle section
  • Accessible features includes a ramp mid-way and a boat ramp at the bottom

Left (North) Channel

  • High volume Class 3+ whitewater
  • Not recommended except for experienced, prepared, whitewater paddlers

Amenities

  • No change rooms or direct launch access at this time
  • Seasonal washroom located in Pearce Estate Park and seasonal porta-potties near bottom of course

Access

  • Float downstream from the City
  • Park and walk in ~500m from Pearce Estate Park parking lot
Harvie Passage with rafts
  • Government of Alberta
  • Coach Canada
  • La Farge
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