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Plan a scenic autumn drive through South Kananaskis and the Foothills


The weekend’s here, it’s a beautiful day, and the mountains are calling! Round up the crew and head out for a scenic loop drive through South Kananaskis and the Foothills.

This tour starts on the TransCanada Highway heading west from Calgary. You’ll leave the main highway, turning south, when you reach Highway 40 (approximately 45 minutes from west Calgary).

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Top 10 spots to experience autumn in Calgary


The fall season brings shorter days, cooler nights and new routines – but it also brings oversized sweaters, pumpkin spice and IG-worthy photo ops! 

There’s something magical about seeing our city dotted with (or completely covered by) colorful leaves, in varying shades of red, orange and yellow. In fact, this might be our favorite season to experience as the Parks of Calgary team! 

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School playgrounds you won’t want to miss

Calgary’s school playgrounds have come a long way over the last few years. Gone are the days where every playground looked nearly identical! The hard work of the parents and larger communities at these schools have created some amazing places to play. School playgrounds are typically geared towards school-aged children, but most have a lot to offer for younger kids as well. 

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Visit a fire lookout with your family this fall

Fire lookouts provide an incredible vantage point from their location perched on top of a mountain or ridge top. Many of them are easy to reach as well, often with a wide road that can be hiked all the way to the lookout house.

Below are five fire lookouts near Calgary that can be accessed with the kids for a fun day hike this fall:

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