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Parks in Calgary

Parks in Calgary

Parks in Calgary

Although it’s one of Canada’s biggest cities, Calgary offers plenty of green spaces amid the urban sprawl. From green gems nestled in the heart of downtown to expansive parks in the outlying districts, here are some of the best-loved parks in Calgary.

 

Nose Hill Park

Calgary’s biggest park, Nose Hill Park covers four square miles of thriving native grassland. Despite being surrounded on all sides by bustling residential developments, Nose Hill Park still retains a wild and unspoilt air. The grasslands are a threatened ecosystem; as such, they’re off-limits to wandering visitors. Fortunately, the park is crisscrossed by trails that afford hikers and cyclists some amazing views out over downtown Calgary.

Fish Creek Provincial Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park has the distinction of being the second-biggest urban park in the whole of Canada. Located in the southern part of the city, Fish Creek Provincial Park is a haven for birdwatchers, who come to its thick forests of aspen and spruce trees in the hopes of glimpsing songbirds, finches and warblers. If you’re lucky, you may even see a blue heron or two. American white pelicans are also known to frequent Fish Creek and Bow River to the east.

Glenmore Reservoir

A little off the beaten track, Glenmore Reservoir is a popular destination for hikers and cyclists who come to enjoy the many trails around this artificial lake. Situated on the Elbow river, Glenmore reservoir also boasts a rowing and sailing club for those who love spending time out on the open water. It’s a haven for waterfowl and all kinds of wildlife.

Sandy Beach

A beach in a landlocked city? That’s right. Sandy Beach is a beautiful spot on the Elbow River, in the southwest quadrant of Calgary. Locals and visitors alike flock to its crystal-clear waters in the summer, bringing rafts and inflatables out to the cove to race or just laze in the sun. It’s the perfect spot for picnics and leisurely hikes along the many trails nearby. Those with steely nerves can brave the chilly but inviting waters for a bracing dip, while less hardy souls can content themselves with paddling over the smooth pebbles. It’s a very popular spot with families.

Bowness Park

With its many picnic spots, paddle pools and serene lagoon, Bow River is a real gem of a green space in the northwest segment of Calgary. During the summer, visitors love to stop at the friendly tea room by the lagoon and rent boats for an idyllic hour or two of rowing. During the winter months, the lagoon freezes over and skaters take to the ice in droves.

If you’re thinking of moving from Edmonton to Calgary, the lush parks are definitely a point in the city’s favor. Even if you’re only in the city for a visit, you shouldn’t miss out on these wonderful natural spaces.