Even with the threat of snow still looming in the forecast, spring in Calgary is definitely on its way. With the excitement of some fast approaching warm weather, we have decided to spotlight an emerging trend in our city. Many of you may have noticed that over the past few years, biking has become very popular in our city. Perhaps it's the fact that Calgary was the sunniest city in Canada last year (333 days of sunshine!), the abundance of easily accessible green space or maybe it's that more people are making an effort to engage in healthy activities and to get out and explore. Whatever the reason is, biking for both leisure and commuting seems to be gaining a lot of momentum with Calgarians. If you are one of the many that are taking to two wheels, we thought that we would help you out with this list of places worth hopping on your bike to go explore.
Best Places to Bike in Calgary
Located in the south west section of Calgary, the Glenmore Reservoir is a 15km paved loop that provides a quite ride with scenic views of the Reservoir, the Weaselhead Area and Elbow River. Numerous trees makes a large portion of the ride feel like you have left the city. Residents in neighbourhoods like Altadore, Lake View and Canyon Meadows are all within a 20 min bike ride away.
The River Valley
If you are starting closer to downtown, in neighbourhoods like Sunnyside or Hillhurst, the Bow River provides a beautiful area to explore. You can take the Trans Canada Trail to the Glenmore Reservoir, follow the Bow River down south, head north along the nose creek pathway or head west to Edworth Park.
Nose Hill Park
If you live up north, you can enjoy scenic views of Downtown Calgary from beautiful Nose Hill Park. The path in Nose Hill Park is almost 14 kms long and takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. Biking in Nose Hill Park is extremely accessible for many Calgarians as it is surrounded by 12 communities. It offers both paved and unpaved bike trails and is a great place for people learning how to mountain bike.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Located in south Calgary, Fish Creek Provincial Park offers an extensive network of trails open to bikers. Picnic tables, fire pits, washrooms as well as many other activities in park make it a great place for families to spend the day exploring. The park is easily accessible from Macleod Trail SE or neighbouring communities like Canyon Meadows Estates and Lake Bonavista.
Maps, Apps and Preparation
Remember that no matter where you plan on biking, it is important to always research the areas rules and terrain before you go. The city of Calgary offers numerous bike maps in a variety of mediums such as paper, electronic, interactive online and mobile apps that will help you prepare for your next adventure.
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Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®