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Return of the Green Space: 5 Outdoor Hot Spots in Calgary this Spring

Calgary’s parks emerge from winter.

As Calgary’s diverse parks emerge from winter, these green spaces offer numerous recreational, learning and volunteer activities. The following events and attractions will get you out from underneath those winter blues and into Calgary’s famous sunshine.

Photo by Robb Powell, Facility Operations Coordinator, Recreation City of Calgary


The Canadian Track and Field Championships will be held June 27 – 30 at Foothills Athletic Park, near the University of Calgary. Participating athletes may qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The event includes a sports fair aimed to promote physical activity for children and adults, with activities like cricket and ultimate. For more information, visit.—Brad Quarin


Bowness Park’s miniature train, mini-golf course and ParkSide Café and Family Amusements will open on Victoria Day weekend (May 19 – 21). Canoe and paddleboat rentals will also be available on the park’s picturesque lagoon starting the same weekend. Popular with young children, its spray park will open in mid-June. The park also features a playground and ice cream shop.


Ralph Klein Park, Canada’s largest constructed wetland, is designed to purify stormwater going into the Bow River. The lush, 30-hectare park is home to the Environmental Education and Ethics Centre, a wetland interpretive centre, which features classrooms for schoolchildren and an outdoor amphitheatre. Park staff offer a tour of the centre and park every Thursday.


The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is also an ideal place to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 13. This wildlife reserve just east of downtown Calgary is the seasonal home of 270 kinds of birds. The reserve’s Nature Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Park staff members conduct regular guided walks.


As the season of warm-weather outdoor activities nears, Shaw Millennium Park, located at the west end of downtown, offers the largest free outdoor skate park in North America. Open 24 hours, the park also features a waterfall and basketball courts. —Brad Quarin



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