Town of Bowden Alberta - Town Services - Access Bowden

By: Bowden Town Hall  09-12-2011

The Town of Bowden invites you to "Come Grow With Us"! The friendly hospitality found in our small town lifestyle is second only to our special amenities, like parks and playgrounds. We have hayrides in the summer and winter too, that your kids will never forget. The Bowden Igloo, our arena, is always buzzing with activity. Hockey and figure skating season is usually booked solid. Town Adminstration and Council take the business of running the Town very seriously. If you have any questions about corporate services, events in the community, your utilities or taxes, please don't hesitate to contact Town Office.


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The municipal government of Bowden and the provincial government fund programs offered through Family & Community Support Services. FCSS has the objective of building strong communities through prevention, self-help, and volunteerism. The strength of FCSS is community development.

What is FCSS?
FCSS is a program between the province and local municipalities with the objective of building strong communities through prevention, self-help and volunteerism.

FCSS Programs:

  • Are preventative in nature
  • Promote citizen participation
  • Enables local decision making
Programs which have been or continue to be offered by FCSS:
  • Referrals and Information
  • Volunteer Coordination and Support
  • Community Directory
  • Welcome to Bowden Packages
  • Tools for Schools
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Community Registration Night
  • Secret Santa
The FCSS office is located inside the Town of Bowden’s Municipal Office: 2101-20 Ave
P.O. Box 338, Bowden, AB T0M 0K0
Phone: 403-224-2207 .. Fax: 403-224-2244

All information and referrals are strictly confidential.


The Town of Bowden picks up garbage weekly on Wednesdays, so please have your garbage out prior to 8:00 am. There is a 3 bag limit in place as per Bylaw . All garbage MUST be placed in standard sized (26" x 36") garbage bags. Any bags larger than this will be picked up at the discretion of town staff. Also, garbage placed in small plastic grocery style bags must still be contained in a larger (26" x 36") bag for pick up. Because of Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, any bags heavier than 25 lbs, regardless of their size will not be accepted.

The Town of Bowden picks up regular household garbage ONLY. Items such as appliances, furniture or construction materials are not acceptable and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to dispose of non-household garbage. There are Transfer Stations located in both Innisfail and Olds.

For more detailed information and hours of operation, please call:

  • Olds Eco-Site .. 403-556-8120
  • Innisfail Transfer Station .. 403-227-3376
There are six compost bins conveniently located throughout town. These sites are held within wooden containers and only accept grass clippings, leaves, and compostable material.

To make your yard care as easy as possible, the Town of Bowden will pick up tree limbs, tree roots, and portions of shrubs and bushes. Please put this material next to where you put your garbage, preferably close to your fence in a laneway and town crews will pick up as their schedule permits. To ensure pick-up of this material, it MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Be cut into lengths no longer than 1 metre (3.3 feet)
  • Not be of an excessive weight or quantity
  • All branches from the main branch must be cut off
  • Piled in the same direction bundled together where possible
  • Must be clean, not chemically treated and not manufactured wood
Any yard waste that is larger than this can be taken directly to the Town burn pit as long as it is un-treated and free of nails. Contact Public Works at 403-224-2361 for further information. Our burn pit is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Town operates the recycling depot which is located in the centre of town at 2102 - 20 Avenue - across from the Post Office. When depositing items at this depot, please follow the following simple guidelines:

  • Glass - jars and bottles. Please empty, rinse, remove lids and labels.
  • Newspaper/Mixed Paper - newspapers, flyers, office paper, junk mail, envelopes, glossy magazines.
  • Metals - soup, juice, pop cans, etc. Please empty, rinse and remove labels.
  • Cardboard/Boxboard - corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, detergent boxes, etc. Please break down, and FLATTEN.
  • Plastics - Code '2' plastics ONLY. Please remove caps, rinse and crush.
This recycling depot is very well used and the bins can at times, be overfull. So if a bin is full when you go to use it, please come back again when there is room. Please, DO NOT USE THIS SITE AS A DUMP. Garbage and non-recyclables do not belong here. The cost of sending town crews to pick it up and dispose of it properly goes directly and unfairly against taxpayers.


Bowden receives its water from the Red Deer River, from the Anthony Henday Water Treatment Plant at Innisfail. Along with Carstairs, Crossfield, Didsbury, Olds and Innisfail, the Town of Bowden belongs to the Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission. The Town of Bowden provides water and wastewater (sewer) services. When you move to Bowden, you need to apply at Town Office to receive these services.

Water bills are sent out monthly. Water usage is determined by the number of people in your household, the number of water saving devices in your home and how often you water your lawn in the summer. Your monthly invoice includes garbage pickup fees, water/sewer charges, and recycling charges. For more information, call the Town Office at 403-224-3395.


Do you have direct debit services for Utilities?
Because we are not on a flat rate utility system we do not offer direct debit for utilities; however we are set up for online bill payments with most Canadian financial institutions. The Town also accepts all payments through our debit card machine. Credit card payments are not available.


Assessments are conducted in January of each year with taxes due the 30th of June. Your Assessment and Tax Notice include a Municipal Levy and a School Levy, both of which make up your Total Property Taxes. If you disagree with your assessment, you may appeal to the Municipal Administrator at the Town of Bowden.

Do you have direct debit services for Taxes?
We have a tax prepayment program that allows Town of Bowden to automatically debit your account on the 15th of each month to enable you to pay your annual tax levy over twelve months, from January to December. As long as your tax account is at a zero balance, you are eligible to join the program. Signing up is as simple as bringing in a Void cheque and signing an agreement document with the Town of Bowden as well as a Payors Authorization Form. The amount to be withdrawn will be calculated based on the previous year's levy divided by 12 months; this amount will be adjusted in July of the current year based on the new levy. You are exempt from all penalties as long as you are in good standing on the program.