ITINERARY: NATURE SEEKER

Outdoor adventure is Calgary living – most Calgarians enjoy the fresh air in a variety of activities all year round, even when it’s -30 degrees celsius. Mother nature is embraced, from the urban parks to the mountain peaks. You can be as active as you want to be, whether you’re comfortable hiking a trail, cross country skiing, or climbing a mountain.

URBAN MEET NATURE

Fish Creek Park is a staple for the Calgary south. Recognized as the longest urban park in Canada, spanning 19 km, Fish Creek has an extensive trail system with scattered picnic areas, stables and camping facilities along the way. You’ll also find the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, a historical site from 1896 that was a critical part of Alberta’s cattle history. Watch for wildlife as it’s home to deer, coyotes, beavers and over 200 species of birds. During the winter, grab some snowshoes or cross country-skis and see how majestic the snow covered valley truly is.

Calgary is making history as it starts to develop the longest urban path in the world, connecting over 55 communities and spanning over 138 km. The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway project will have a number of amenities along the way, such as interpretive centres, parks, fitness facilities, off-leash parks, and playgrounds for nature lovers to enjoy.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DO: Float on the Elbow or Bow River to cool off on a hot summer day
  • DINE: Picnic at Stanley Park, Calgary’s picturesque green space with barbecues, picnic tables and a community pool
  • DISCOVER: Calgary’s urban pathway along the Bow River
  • DO: Hike up Nose Hill Park, with views of the countryside, the cityscape and the mountains all at once
  • DINE: on old fashioned treats like gingerbread cookies and butter tarts at Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park
  • DISCOVER: The 1.5 million lights for Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo, a favourite Calgary pastime

OLYMPIC DREAMS

Hosting the 1988 Olympics gives Calgary an upper hand with the number of winter activities available. Skating at Olympic Plaza in downtown is a tradition for locals, armed and ready with canisters of hot chocolate and cozying up to the bonfire. But Canada Olympic Park is where the action is, if you’re looking to luge, bobsled, ski or snowboard and get the adrenaline rush to keep warm. To embrace Canadian roots, play some hockey and enjoy a fun game of shinny – just be prepared for those hot winter days when a chinook rolls in!

SUGGESTIONS

SUGGESTIONS

  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, with over 80 years of conservation efforts
  • Kayaking and sailing on the Glenmore Reservoir
  • Horseback riding in the country
  • Tobogganing or sledding at Confederation Park, and seeing the Lions Festival of Lights
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