I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios. Just kidding… kind of. For real though, Alberta is the best place for outdoorsy types to escape city life. However, not all of us living in Calgary can swing multiple trips to the Rocky Mountains each week. Sometimes work and other commitments get in the way of a great hike. Fortunately, Calgary is home to some pretty awesome park spaces. This means I can squeeze in some outdoor exercise any day of the week. Here are some that we suggest visiting:
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Fish Creek is Calgary’s massive inner-city Provincial Park. With multiple entrances scattered across the southern half of the city, Fish Creek’s paved and unpaved trails offer forested, grassland, and riverside views. This park is so pretty I promise you will forget that you are still in Calgary.
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Head to the northern edge of the Bow River in Calgary’s northwest to explore Bowmont Park. Bowmont’s name comes from its neighbouring boroughs of Bowness and Montgomery. These two areas were separate towns until the 1960s. Bowmont Park was created to protect the balsam popular forest and grassland of the area.
Hike along the Bow River at Edworthy Park. This park is known for the Douglas Fir Trail (currently off-limits for repairs) and the Lawrey Gardens. The Lawrey Gardens is a designated off-leash area for those of us with pups who like to run free.
Escape the city—or at least feel like you have at the Weaselhead Flats. This southwest park is located on the western side of the Glenmore Reservoir. Head here for scenic paths and hiking trails, and wildlife spotting.
Don't feel like leaving the city? Douglas Fir Trail offers an easy hike without having to stray too far. It's impressive because once you're in the trail, you totally feel like you're out of Calgary. If you're up for breathtaking views with an easy trail, then it's totally worth checking out.
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The paved 30-kilometer path that circles the Glenmore Reservoir is accessible from a variety of places—each point offers slightly different terrain and views, but the whole route is beautiful. Picnic areas equipped with fire pits and BBQ stands are available at both North and South Glenmore Park.
Just like Glenmore Reservoir, this park and trail is right inside the city! Dog-friendly and super clean, this park is the perfect spot, no matter what the season.