Picnics, Parks & Gardens in Calgary

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  • Summertime in Calgary is a time to enjoy! We don't get a lot of great weather throughout the year, but summer is always nice. We get long days in Calgary during June and July with up to 17 hours of sunlight. Calgary also has lots of areas for picnics. While our climate is not great for gardening, our city maximizes our natural areas and forested spots.

    The busiest picnic area in Calgary is Prince's Island Park. This downtown park is an escape for downtown professionals, and also has a number of events throughout the summer. Many people enjoy tossing a Frisbee around or watching the ducks and geese in the lagoon.

    Fish Creek and Nose Hill Parks are Calgary's largest natural areas. They are great for hiking along the paths or biking. They also have designated areas for roasting hot dogs and sitting around a fire.

    Bowness, Edworthy, Glenmore, Stanley, and Sandy Beach parks all have areas for recreation and picnicking. These parks, all of which are on or near the rivers, are all favorites of the locals, and you'll find plenty of families out on summer weekends enjoying the weather and playing soccer or football. All of these parks have shelters and fire pits, but you'll have to supply the food and firewood.

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    Prince's Island Park

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    1st Ave and 4 St SW

    The park for lunch-time picnics... read more

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    Fish Creek Provincial Park

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    13931 Woodpath Road Southwest

    A unspoiled natural area with an expansive pathway system... read more

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    Bowness Park

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    8900 48th Avenue Northwest

    Year-round outdoor activities... read more

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    Edworthy Park & Douglas Fir Trail

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    Off Sarcee Trail Southwest
    Spruce Drive

    A river-side picnic area with hiking trails...
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    Nose Hill Park

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    14th Street NW
    (bordered on the east by Shaganappi Trail)

    A natural park-land with great views of downtown and the Rockies... read more

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    North Glenmore Park

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    7305 Crowchild Trail South West
    (84 hectares surrounding the north side of the reservoir)

    Perfect for picnicking, close to Canoe and Rowing club... read more

    South Glenmore Park

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    90 Avenue and 24 Street Southwest

    Sail, play tennis, bike, or picnic... read more

    Stanley Park

    4011 1A St. S.W.

    Small recreation area in the heart of the city...
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    Sandy Beach

    4500 14A St. S.W.

    A small picnic area down by the river... read more
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