- Type: Picnics, Parks & Gardens
NileGuide Expert Says:
Fish Creek Park is in the far south part of Calgary, but it's perfect for picnics, bocce ball, and bike rides.
- Canada's largest urban park stretches some 20 kilometres from the T'suu Tina Reserve at 37th Street to the Bow River's banks in the east, covering much of the southern breadth of the city and dividing established and newer suburbs. Running along shallow, winding Fish Creek, the park is a labyrinth of walking and cycling paths, peppered by groves of mature trees and open meadows. The park features no organized recreational grounds, with day usage intended instead for walking, cycling, blading or picnicking, although tobogganing is popular in the winter. Stables are at one end of the park, and at the far east and south end is the man-made Lake Sikome beach and swimming area. In between are endless acres of largely unspoiled land, where visitors often spot deer or beaver. Archaeological work indicates the Fish Creek valley has been used extensively by humans for more than 2,000 years. To protect this unique area, the province declared it a park in 1975. The Fish Creek Environmental Learning Center, at the west end of the park, is intended primarily for school groups. At the east end, the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Center, a small bakery cafe, and a more upscale sit-down restaurant, dubbed The Ranch, greet visitors.
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