By JENNI O’NYONS and RACHEL FREY
Illustration by artist Genevieve Simms.
One of the largest urban parks in North America, Calgary’s Fish Creek Provincial Park features wild prairie-grassland and forest scenery as well as excellent recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, golfing, picnicking, bird-watching and more. The park is open every day, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and access is free.
The heart of the park is accessible by car from Bow Bottom Trail SE, Sun Valley Boulevard SE or Hwy 22X, and all major day-use areas can be reached by road. All parking is free, and central lots feature bike racks. It can also be reached via Calgary Transit.
Pathways and Day Use Areas
Following the Fish Creek river valley, the park features extensive paved and unpaved trails with navigational signage. These are detailed in the City of Calgary Pathways & Bikeways app. (more…)
By Lindsay Shapka
Victoria Golf Course – Image courtesy The City of Edmonton
Golfing season is in full swing and the Edmonton area courses are in fabulous shape!
With almost 90 courses in and around the city to choose from, there’s no reason why golfers won’t be seeing green all summer long.
If you are looking for something new, three courses will debut this season. The Quarry, located along the river in the northeast of the city, will be the longest course in Canada reaching 7,600 yards from tip-to-tip, and (as the name suggests) is built on an old gravel pit. Coal Creek, located near Tofield, is built above an old coal mine, and Trestle Creek, located 45 minutes west of the city, will be part of a year-round family recreation facility.
For a complete listing of course names, locations, and hours click here.
Spring comes early in Victoria, bringing with it plenty of blossoms, blooms and other treats for the senses.
A blossoming city…
Arguably Victoria’s prettiest season, spring turns Victoria’s streets and boulevards into quite the blossoming affair, thanks to hundreds of spring-flowering trees.
Enjoy a stroll through the city’s historic streets, feed the ducks at Beacon Hill Park, or venture into the picturesque neighbouring communities of Fairfield and James Bay. Walkers from all over North America will enjoy the scenery April 15 to 17 when local Volkssport clubs host the Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival. (more…)