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Exploring the Parks of Calgary along the Bow River

One of Calgary’s defining features is the majestic Bow River, winding its way through the heart of the city. Along its banks lie some of the most enchanting parks, providing residents and visitors alike with an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. As you embark on a journey down the Bow River, discover the perfect blend of nature and urbanity whilst attending to some of the wonderful parks.

  1. Bowness Park: nestled on the southern bank of the Bow River between Stoney Tr. and 85 St. N.W., Bowness Park is a family-friendly park is one of the most popular parks in Calgary. Known for its paddle boating, children’s train rides, summer wadi
  2. Edworthy Park: located on the southwestern banks of the Bow River at 5050 Spruce Dr. S.W. (Bow
    Tr. & Spruce Dr.) Edworthy Park contains extensive trails for walking, running, or cycling, providing a peaceful escape for outdoor enthusiasts. The iconic Douglas Fir Trail and the historic Lawrey Gardens showcase the park’s commitment to preserving both nature and Calgary’s heritage. The park has a vast number of amenities such as picnic spots, gazebos, picnic tables, off-leash areas, and more!
  3. Shouldice Park: located in northwest Calgary (4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.), Shouldice Park is known for its diverse activities including soccer fields, baseball fields, and tennis courts that are available to the public for booking. Shouldice is a great location to go for picnics as well as walking, running, and exercising your furry best friend at the great off-leash dog park. The park also hosts the Shouldice Aquatic Centre and Shouldice Arena.
  4. Prince’s Island Park: Located in the heart of downtown Calgary (4 St. and 1 Ave. S.W.), Prince’s Island Park is located on the banks of the Bow River near the iconic Peace Bridge. Known for its green spaces full of flourishing flora and wide pathways, Prince’s Island Park is a haven for picnickers, joggers, and nature enthusiasts. The park hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, making it a dynamic hub of cultural activities against the stunning backdrop of the Bow River.

Calgary’s parks along the Bow River are priceless resources that preserve nature within an urban setting. Whether you are seeking a peaceful stroll along the river, a family outing, or adventure, Calgary’s parks offer a diverse range of experiences. Pack a picnic basket and your walking shoes and immerse yourself in these amazing riverside gems all within the city of Calgary.