Fall is here in Calgary and this city has so many IG-worthy spots to watch the leaves change while the city transforms into a fall paradise.
While the weather is getting colder, the days shorter, and the lattes pumpkin-spicier, there’s really no bigger giveaway to an encroaching autumn season than in nature’s changing colours.
There are a few places around the city that are ideal for catching the leaves turn from green to orange to yellow, and we’ve thrown a list together to save you the hassle.
Ring in the fall season by making a day out of visiting leaves at as many of these Calgary viewpoints as possible – your Instagram will thank you.
Here are seven of the best places to take in all of the season’s magic around Calgary this fall.
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Probably the most iconic park in downtown Calgary for taking in some good old-fashioned nature, Prince’s Island Park is also one of the most central spots to get to.
Where: 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW, Calgary
A great park full of peaceful benches, deciduous trees, and tiny ponds. Perfect for taking pictures of all the fallen leaves.
Where: 905 30th Avenue NW, Calgary
The huge body of water acts as a mirror reflecting the blue skies and the yellowing trees, meaning you get double the view!
A go-to viewpoint in Calgary, the extra height gives a great vantage of the city skyline, along with the colourful trees that call the city home.
Where: 1901 Salisbury Street SE, Calgary
A little bit further out of downtown – but still with a view of the skyline – Nose Hill Park has yellow forests, golden fields, and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot a dog or two.
Where: 5620 14th Street NW, Calgary
One of the more heavily wooded areas in Calgary, Fish Creek Provincial Park has the perfect mix of running water, tall-standing trees, and golden grass.
Where: The park has a number of entrance points, including:
- Woodpath Road SW, Calgary (Shannon Terrace)
- 14428 Bannister Road SE, Calgary (Glennfield)
- 2300 Fish Creek Boulevard SW, Calgary (Marshall Springs)
- 153rd Avenue SE, Calgary (Burnsmead)
- 13511 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary (Votier’s Flats)
- Canyon Meadows Drive SE, Calgary (Mallard Point)
- 13610 24th Street SW, Calgary (Bebo Grove)
- 153rd Avenue SE, Calgary (Bankside)
- 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE (Bow Valley Ranch)
- 24th Street SE, Calgary (Chinook Rotary Nature Park)
While this spot is not necessarily too close to Calgary (it’s roughly a two-hour drive to the start of the four-hour round-trip Larch Valley Trail hike), the beauty of its colourful trees meant it simply couldn’t be left off of the list.
Where: Sentinel Pass Trail (Moraine Lake Road, Lake Louise)