10 of the best places in Calgary to go for a spring walk

Apr 8 2021, 10:38 am

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Spring has sprung in Calgary (mostly), meaning it’s the perfect time to get outside for a walk in one of the city’s many parks.

With stricter COVID-19 restrictions back in place, including some for indoor fitness activities, we’re all looking for something new to do as the weather warms up.

Luckily, Calgary is home to a number of stunning parks, offering tons of ways to get outside this spring.

Whether you want to check out an urban park near the downtown core, stroll along the river, or head into the forest to feel like you’ve escaped the city, there’s sure to be somewhere in Calgary that’ll fit your walking style.

Check out our list of some of the best places to go for a walk in Calgary this spring.

Fish Creek Provincial Park

 

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Fish Creek Provincial Park is the second-largest urban park in Canada at 13.48 square kilometres, and it offers over 100 kilometres of both paved and unpaved trails. A lot of the park has been kept in its natural state, and you’ll find forested areas, river access, and open spaces. Firepits, picnic areas, an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a cafe add some city touches to the massive park.

Nose Hill Park

 

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This northwest Calgary park offers up both mountain and city views and has tons of paved pathways and grassy spaces to enjoy. Nose Hill Park also has designated off-leash areas, hiking trails, and native grasslands.

Glenmore Park and Weaselhead Flats

 

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North and South Glenmore Parks border the Glenmore Reservoir, making you feel like you’re lakeside. Weaselhead Flats links the two parks and provides natural areas, making you forget you are still within city limits.

These parks feature a little bit of everything, from paved pathways to hiking trails through the trees, a waterpark, a new bike pump track, and a sailing club.

Edworthy Park

 

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Edworthy Park rests in a valley along the Bow River and has a playground, picnic shelters, fire pits, and off-leash areas. The park is also home to the Douglas Fir Trail, perfect for urban hiking, and the Lawrey Gardens, for that extra boost of nature.

Bowness Park and Baker Park

 

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Bowness Park boasts a variety of experiences, including pathways that run alongside the Bow River, a tea house, a wading pool, and boat rentals to paddle on the park’s lagoon. There’s even a small train that runs through the park during the warmer months.

Baker Park is located just across the river from Bowness Park, providing nature lovers with a grass amphitheatre, a disc golf course, and several archways and promenades, making this a popular spot for weddings.

Ralph Klein Park and Environmental Education Centre

Ralph Klein Park is a man-made wetland, constructed to improve stormwater quality before it enters the Bow River system. The park is home to a picnic area and a community orchard, which boasts five varieties of pear trees and eight varieties of apple trees.

The Environmental Education Centre contains an indoor classroom, meeting space, a resource library, an art studio, and interpretive signage to learn more about the wetlands.

Carburn Park

 

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This southeast Calgary park preserves wildlife habitats and ecosystems and is home to numerous wildlife, waterfowl, and wildflowers. Carburn Park features three man-made ponds, a pathway system, picnic sites, and spots for fishing.

Prince’s Island Park

 

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Prince’s Island Park is the perfect spot to escape the busyness of downtown Calgary without going far. Flower gardens, expansive grassy spaces, and several bridges make for a picturesque park in the city centre.

St. Patrick’s Island Park

 

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This recently revitalized urban park in Calgary’s East Village offers up several unique features to explore. A seasonal beach, “The Rise” hill, the Bloom sculpture, and the Lookout Plaza are just some of the many spaces Calgarians can enjoy, along with paved walking paths and trails winding across the island.

Sandy Beach and River Park

 

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Sandy Beach is a popular place for picnics, strolling along the Elbow River, and swimming and rafting as the weather gets warmer. The southwest Calgary park boasts picnic areas and shelters, firepits, and playgrounds.

River Park can be found on the ridge above Sandy Beach and offers up an off-leash park, gravel pathways, and stunning views of the valley below.

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