Calgary, AB,

City of Calgary lifts boating advisory on the Bow River

Due to improved conditions on the Bow and Elbow Rivers, the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) is lifting the boating advisory issued on June 23, 2018.

The flow rate on the Bow River has stabilized below the 280 m3/s trigger point and river conditions have improved. At this level, people can resume normal activities on the river.

Flow levels are closely monitored by several City departments. Advisories are issued when flows exceed 280 m3/s, as these levels present challenges for river users. During the spring/summer runoff season, melting snow and floating debris can create dangerous conditions for people on the river, prompting these types of advisories.

A lifted advisory does not remove the need for caution on the Bow River and all other waterways.

As always, Calgarians are reminded to use caution and be prepared for anything on the water. All watercraft users should wear lifejackets to avoid a mandatory court appearance and fines. In addition to wearing life jackets, river users should avoid consuming alcohol and other intoxicants on Calgary’s waterways.

The City of Calgary encourages all water users to familiarize themselves with safety practice bylaws and safety alerts on and monitor flow levels at

Harvie Passage remains closed at the present time. 

There are no current advisories on flood activity related to The City of Calgary. However, flooding can occur at any time, and the period between May 15 and July 15 is when The City is most likely to experience flooding. Calgarians can check to understand their flood risk, and find more information on how to be prepared for flood season.

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