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Parks and green spaces off the beaten path

Calgary boasts hundreds of parks and green spaces. It can be wonderful to revisit your favorites but it is also fun to shake things up. If you are looking for a different Calgary park to explore, there are sure to be a few on this list you haven’t been to yet.

West Nose Creek Park - 300 Beddington Trail NE

West Nose Creek Park is located just north of Beddington. The park has pathways nice for walking or biking that follow alongside the meandering Nose Creek. Be sure to check out the glacial erratic split rock on the western end of the park.


Edgemont Ravine - 9401 Edgebrook Boulevard NW

Located inside the community of Edgemont is a ravine that has been preserved as parkspace. In the ravine you can find wetlands, gazebos, a playground and the delightful art installation Rabbit Rise. 


Silver Springs Botanical Gardens - 37 Silver Springs Drive NW

One of the best places to see flowers in Calgary is located in Silver Springs. Highlights include the rose and peony gardens and the labyrinth.


Weaselhead Flats - 66 Avenue and 37 Street SW

Experience nature without leaving the city in Weaselhead Flats. This park has the only delta in Calgary creating a unique habitat for plants and animals.


Laycock Park - 5979 6 Street NE

Located in Thorncliffe, Laycock Park is usually pretty quiet and includes wetlands, a playground with accessible flooring, and a covered picnic area.


Carburn Park - 67 Riverview Drive SE

At many points along the pathways in Carburn Park, it is hard to believe you are inside the city at all. The park features a manmade pond and lagoon and although swimming is not allowed you can canoe and fish. There are also a number of great picnic spots and is an excellent spot for bird watching.


Ralph Klein Park - 12350 84 Street SE

The largest feature of this park is the constructed wetland. Be sure to bring sunscreen and bug spray while you are out exploring. The park also features one of the coolest natural playgrounds in the city. Dogs are not permitted in this park.


Reader Rock Garden - 325 25 Avenue SE

It is hard to believe this lush garden was once a grassy hillside. The gardens began in 1913 by Calgary’s Parks Superintendent, William Reader. He used the space to experiment with what plants and flowers would grow well in Calgary’s environment with a lot of success. The park impressively blooms from mid-March until mid-November. It is a charming place to explore but be aware some pathways are uneven and steep and dogs are not permitted. 


Pearce Estate Park - 1440 17A Street SE

Located adjacent to the Bow Habitat Station and Livingston Fish Hatchery, this park features reconstructed wetlands and pathways. This shady park has picnic spots and a playground as well as access to Harvie Passage.


Douglas Fir Trail - Cedar Crescent SW

Technically part of Edworthy Park, the Douglas Fir Trail has a very different look and feel to the picnic areas that the park is typically known for. If you are craving a forest environment without leaving the city, this park is for you. 


Dana searches out the best places to play, eat, and learn with her kids in Calgary, across Alberta, and beyond. Her three kids also contribute their unfiltered opinions to her reviews. To explore more, visit and follow her on Instagram.


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