As fall approaches and the leaves begin to change colour, what better time is there to fall in love with fall? Calgarian’s are notorious for knowing their part of the city, and just their part. If you live in the south, you know the south, if you live in the north, you may only know the north.
The City of Calgary’s Park’s pages certainly don’t do any of the parks that we’ve found justice, so we’re taking a moment in this blog post to point out a few parks that may be hidden gems to you, and local favourites to others.
Baker Park (NW Calgary, 9333 Scenic Bow Road) – Nestled along the Bow River in Calgary’s northwest, this picturesque park has a series of steps leading down to the shoreline, making it a favourite for outdoor weddings. The park is located across the river from Bowness Park and is a peaceful place with a zen feel. Perfect for reading a book, or catching up with a friend over with a home brewed coffee in hand.
Peace Estate Park (SE Calgary, 1440 17A Street SE) – Pearce Estate Park lies in a curve of the Bow River as it flows through the southeast part of the city and is right in Inglewood’s backyard. A signed interpretive trail guides you through a constructed wetland filled with native plants and animals. For Calgary’s urbanites, this park is easy to get to as its just a 15 minute bike ride east of downtown on Calgary’s pathway system.
Fish Creek Park (SW Calgary) – This expansive provincial park is often overlooked by Calgary residents as a destination for hiking and mountain biking because of Nose Hill Park, the city’s much larger park in the northwest. If you’re one of Calgary’s north or downtown residents and haven’t paid this amazing park a visit, check it out for biking, fishing, hiking/walking, and picnicking.
Sandy Beach (SW Calgary, 4500 14A Street SW ) Despite the name, Sandy Beach Park is not in fact sandy. However, it does boast some perfect picnic spaces to enjoy the afternoon with some friends while you throw some meat on the BBQ. Sandy Beach Park is also a favourite boat launch for summer rafters floating down the Elbow River and you’ll often find YYC’s city dwellers chasing the sun at this urban beach.
Elbow Park (SW Calgary, 800 34 Ave SW) For the sporting, Elbow Park is the quintessential urban park for those who love to stay active. Chance’s are that if you haven’t run by it, or if someone hasn’t brought you specifically there, you may have never even seen it (we couldn’t even find it on the Parks Calgary website). But this park boasts six outdoor tennis courts, and urban basketball court for shooting hoops, and come winter has two outdoor skating rinks that you may actually be able to get a game of shinny going on.