There are exactly 21 days left until the first day of spring (but who’s counting) and while you wait for warmer weather, here’s a list of a few parks in Calgary that are perfect for enjoying even when the weather is less than warm and sunny.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
This massive park in Calgary’s south is the perfect destination for a winter jaunt. Some pathways are cleared of snow in the winter, while some snow-covered trails are used by Calgarians for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Bonus: from time to time, nature talks are held at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Check them out here.
Dog Friendly: yes, but coyotes and other wildlife are known to reside in this park, so be sure to keep dogs on their leash at all times.
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
This 3,200 acre park just outside of Calgary was established in 2006 and features more than 25 kilometres of pathways. Glenbow Ranch is a working ranch, which means that you can expect to run into cattle during your visit.
Bonus: the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation has developed plant and wildlife checklists that visitors can complete to help track the prevalence of species in the park. Find them here.
Dog Friendly: yes, but be sure to make sure dogs are kept on leash at all times, as there are cattle in the area.
Nose Hill Park
Nose Hill Park, named for its apparent nose-like appearance from certain angles, covers 11 square kilometres in Calgary’s northwest. Perched high above the city, Nose Hill Park provides a perfect vantage point to view the city skyline. Trails wind through treed areas and meander through wide open expanses.
Dog friendly: yes, but coyotes and porcupines live in the area, so be sure to keep dogs on their leash at all times, though there are designated off-leash areas.
A bird watcher’s dream, this park in the city’s southwest lies at the mouth of the Elbow River. Wander through the trails that wind through the white spruce forest. Be sure to come prepared, as black bears have been spotted in the area.
Dog Friendly: yes, but be sure to make sure dogs are kept on leash at all times, as you may encounter wildlife.
This large natural environment park in the northwest of Calgary lies along the northern bank of the Bow River and features peaceful, meandering trails.
Dog Friendly: yes, and features designated off-leash areas.
Also, have you purchased your tickets to AIWC’s 25th anniversary celebration yet? Party like it’s 1993 and get your tickets here before they sell out!