7 best running trails to check out in Calgary this Summer

Jul 16 2017, 7:31 pm

Running is an amazing full body workout and can be extremely beneficial to your overall health, especially when you run outside.

With the beautiful weather that Calgary has been experiencing this summer, it gives us all the more the reason to ditch the treadmill for a few months and breathe in the fresh air while you jog.

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Whether you’re training for a half marathon or beginning your first steps of a 5K, Calgary has some great trails with outstanding views that will accommodate all experience levels.

Here are 7 routes that you have to check out before the summer is over!

Nose Hill Park

This route is definitely not a flat one, but the views of downtown Calgary, along with the beautiful and cool coulees and valleys should make up for the extra endurance push. There are many trails that you can take here, some that are paved and others that are merely gravel, so be sure you bring the right footwear.

  • Distance: 10km
  • Location: Park in the parking lot off of 14 Street

West Bragg Creek Trail Head

There is nothing like running in the heart of the Rockies and lucky for us we the opportunity is just a short drive away. With so many routes to explore within the boundary of Kananaskis Country, running will become that much much more adventurous and exciting each and every time. It doesn’t get much more boring than trekking around the same circle day after day!

  • Distance: Varies from 5km-42km
  • Location: 10km away from Bragg Creek

Elbow and Bow River Pathways

These are signature running spots in Calgary, but they are great staples to always come back to. Both of these routes are paved and provide some stunning, front row views of Downtown Calgary, natural scenery, wildlife sightings and glimpses of the mountains when it’s a clear blue sky day. There are a ton of bridges and pathways on either side of the river, so creating your own path to suit your endurance level is an easy task, Plus you will pass some of Calgary’s best historic neighborhoods, which will always provide you with a tasty reward once you have completed your route!

Edworthy Park

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Located on the southern bank of the Bow River, this is another beautiful route for those who don’t enjoy running in a concrete urban jungle. If you’re just starting out this is a good route to take, as you can always cut it short if you feel like you have run enough – listen to your body!

  • Distance: 8km
  • Location: 5050 Spruce Drive SW

Prince’s Island Park

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Begin and end this jaunt in the heart of Eau Claire, one of Calgary’s many beautiful downtown neighborhoods. Take in the beauty of the park as you run on the paved pathway through the trees and green spaces that the park has to offer. Make sure to check what is happening in the city before you venture out, as many of Calgary’s largest festivals and events are held here, especially in the summer. When you’re done, treat yourself by buying a coffee and a treat from Alforno Bakery!

  • Distance: 5km
  • Location: 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW

Glenmore Reservoir & South Glenmore Park

South Glenmore Park features the Jackrabbit Trail, a route full of various landscapes, terrain and natural habitats to keep you stimulated as you push through and challenge yourself. You can also run the loop around the reservoir, which will lead you past the Glenmore Sailing Club, Heritage Park, the Weaselhead Conservation area and of course the crystalline waters of the Elbow Bow River. With a backdrop that beautiful it would be hard not to find the motivation to get out for your daily jog!

  • Distance: 6km-15km
  • Location: 8415 24 Street SW

McHugh Bluff Stairs

Running laps at the infamous McHugh Bluff stairs in Calgary, AB. #Grinding #MuscleMLK #YYC

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Whether you’re training for race day or just looking to catch some outdoor physical activity and get your beach bum in shape, the aka ‘Memorial Stairs’ are always a great choice. There are people of all skill levels that come and run these iconic Calgary stairs, so there is no reason to hold yourself back due to your running ability – remember, most of the work is mental anyways, this can be amazing motivation. Plus, you’re rewarded with an incredible view of the skyscrapers that make up Downtown Calgary, along with the bow river once you make it to the top!