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city parks

4 Places To Rent Bikes In Calgary

Bikers in Nose Hill in Calgary’s NW. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.

With its many scenic parks and river corridors, the city of Calgary is a cycling paradise. Several bike rental stores are conveniently located near popular routes alongside the Bow and Elbow Rivers and numerous recreational parks. These are our picks for the top rental shops around town.

#4 Calgary Bike Rental
Eau Claire Rapid Rent
Close to the river in the heart of Eau Claire, this shop features rentals for the entire family. Children’s, junior and adult bikes including tandems, hybrids and road bikes are available, $10 – $15 per hour, $40 – 60 per day (over five hours). Child bike trailers are also available, $7 – $25. The store is located minutes away from the beautiful riverside paths of Prince’s Island Park.
•Eau Claire Rapid Rent, 200 Barclay Parade SW, 403-444-5845
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Two Toronto Parks Win Green Design Awards

By Waheeda Harris

You may have heard of Toronto’s High Park and its lakefront Martin Goodman Trail, but two lesser known Toronto green spaces have recently been listed among the top 50 Canadian design projects of the annual Design Exchange Awards: the Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof and the waterfront’s Sherbourne Common (more…)

Coming Soon to Toronto: Canada’s First Urban National Park

Rouge Valley Park. Photo by Paul Henman.

On Wednesday, the Canadian government started the ball rolling on Canada’s next national park—Rouge Valley, in the Greater Toronto Area. A preliminary “visioning” workshop was attended by park stakeholders: representatives from the Province of Ontario, local municipalities and community groups.

Not mentioned among the workshop attendees was David Suzuki, longtime proponent of a Rouge Valley national park.

The government’s intention to upgrade Rouge Valley Park to national park status was first introduced in June’s Speech from the Throne. Among the details to be hammered out: the park’s boundaries, which could expand well beyond the current 12,000 acres.

Rouge National Park will be Canada’s first urban national park, and will be easily accessible to a fifth of Canada’s population who live in and around Toronto.