It’s a sad fact that summer is far too short. Make the most of it, and spend as much time as you can outside by packing a picnic and dining alfresco.
Here are a few of our favourite park and picnic spots in and around Calgary…
Weaselhead Flats, Southwest Calgary
Weaselhead Flats is a 237 hectare natural environment park, home to the only delta in the city. After sussing out the bars, channels, and marsh areas, families can take a hike along groomed paths to find the perfect dining spot.
Washrooms and water fountains operate during the summer months.
Sikome Lake, Fish Creek Provincial Park
We don’t have many swimmable public lakes in Calgary—which makes Sikome so special. Spend a sunny day soaking up the rays on this man-made beach before cooling off in the lake. Don’t fret if you forgot your picnic provisions—a concession stand has you covered. Located in Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Good to know: access by Bow Bottom Trail SE or Sun Valley Boulevard SE off Highway 22x
South Glenmore Park, Weaselhead Natural Area
Watch sailboats peacefully glide by from the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir at this diverse park.
Little ones are occupied at South Glenmore Park‘s playground and splash park, while adults can take full advantage of the picnic area shelters and tennis courts.
Riley Park, Northwest Calgary
Within walking distance of trendy Kensington, Riley Park is an inner city oasis is the perfect spot to decamp under mature trees that lie beside a large wading pool. After the tots make a splash you can watch a cricket match or explore the Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Garden.
Edworthy Park, Along the Bow River in Southwest Calgary
Set along along the shores of the Bow River, Edworthy Park is a delightful spot that gives families plenty of options. Here you’ll find picnic tables, walking trails, a playground, and even an off-leash zone for Fido.
Go easy on yourself and pick up sandwiches and ice cream and at Angel’s Cafe, situated right before the pedestrian bridge into the park.
Stanley Park, Along the Elbow River in Southwest Calgary
It’s easy to chill out at Stanley Park, a well-shaded park just off Elbow Drive. BBQ stands beckon as does a lovely little playground, public restroom facilities and massive amounts of green space.
Bring a soccer ball and baseball for impromptu games or catch minnows in this shallow section of the Elbow River.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Stretching 19 km from east to west, Fish Creek Provincial Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. Large day-use shelters equipped with a fire pit, charcoal grill, power outlets, picnic tables, potable water, and a fully-serviced washroom make this an ideal locale for large gatherings.
Just be sure to bring your own firewood and charcoal briquettes.
Prince’s Island Park
Smack dab in downtown Calgary, Prince’s Island Park feels like an enchanted island. This is festival central come summer weekends, but it’s large enough that you’ll be able to find a secluded area away from the action if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
There’s plenty of picnic areas, washrooms and water fountains, and multi-age playground.
Canada’s premier equestrian facility welcomes families all year round, not just during show jumping tournaments.
Stroll around Spruce Meadow‘s groomed grounds, visit with the horses, and throw down your picnic blanket next to the large playground.
Wildflowers and waterfowl call this tranquil natural area home. Carburn Park allows canoes, paddleboats and dinghies on its three manmade ponds, and you can fish as well. Catch your own lunch, before making use of the barbecue pits and picnic shelters.