Summer is here, which means we’ve got some long days ahead of us.
You want to get every last bit of sunlight in before retiring home for the evening, and one of the best ways to do that is by catching a sunset.
There’s no denying it, watching the sun set before night falls just never gets old. It’s magical, breathtaking, romantic, and soulful. It’s something you don’t have to be on vacation to enjoy, either.
Calgary has it all when it comes to urban landscapes coupled with the backdrop of the mountains. And for Calgarians, that means a countless number of epic places where you can go to watch the sunset. You just need to choose your spot.
We’ve selected seven of the most idyllic places to visit in Calgary while the sun is setting this summer.
Located on the upper levels along Edworthy Street, this park is the perfect place to admire the beauty of the city. From here, you can watch the sun reflect over the river valley and downtown before it sets.
Take a walk across this Santiago Calatrava-designed bridge at sunset and you’ll have no trouble getting great photos as you marvel at how pretty the entire surrounding area is. If you park at 6th Street and 1st Avenue SW you can even stay in your car… if that’s your thing.
If you head to the Weaselhead Natural Area at the South end of Crowchild Trail, you’ll actually be located in the perfect place to watch a majestic sunset. From here, you can look out over the Elbow River Valley all the way to the Rocky Mountains.
Scotsman Hill, on the southeastern end of Salisbury Street, offers the perfect viewpoint for sunset watching. It’s no wonder that this area is frequented during the annual Stampede Fireworks.
If you want to take a look at the city from another perspective then head to Tom Campbell’s Nature Park at Hill Road. From this location, you can look out over Bridgeland and even the zoo, so it’s definitely worthwhile catching the sunset here.
East Village – 6th Street and 6th Avenue SE
Venture down to Calgary’s East Village with your camera ready because you’ll be able to take some beautiful photos of the sunset here as it disappears under the Riverwalk, George C. King (Skipping Stone) Bridge. With reflections coming in from the riverbanks and parks, this is the epitome of scenic.
Drive just 10 minutes from Sonoma to Nose Hill Park where you’ll get unobstructed views of Calgary in all directions. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic where you can take in a romantic sunset over the Rocky Mountains. These breathtaking views make for a great example of Calgary’s natural beauty. Oh, and you might even see the incredible Northern Lights there, too.