Highlights along the Elbow River Pathway from its north end in Inglewood to North Glenmore Park include Jeff de Boer’s “Rainbow Trout” sculpture, riding through ENMAX Park and several stretches where it’s hard to remember you’re in the middle of Calgary. But pathway signage is a little scarce and route-finding a bit challenging for first-time riders.
We don’t visit Fish Creek Provincial Park nearly as often as we did when our boys were relatively new to cycling. Highlights from our 30+ km (20+ mi) ride on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early June reminded us that it’s always worth the effort to visit Canada’s largest urban park: lots of birdsong, an abundance of trails to choose from, some lovely wetlands, and points of geological interest are just some of the reasons so many people visit Fish Creek Park each year.
Another weekend in Calgary, another bike ride on city pathways. Our previous ride took in sections of the Bow River Pathway, so this time around we opted to ride on shared streets towards Glenmore Reservoir, planning to ride all the way around. Our plans changed part way around – twice! But we still got in a decent ride, found a handful of geocaches and enjoyed watching a large colony of Cliff Swallows nesting under the pedestrian bridge across the Elbow River down in the Weaselhead.
After ride up Highwood Pass, we opted for something considerably easier for our next bicycle outing: 34 km (mostly) along sections of the Bow River Pathway in Calgary. It just naturally evolved into an art and architecture tour centered around 3 main stops.
Many of our favourite hikes are up in the Highwood Pass area of Kananaskis Country: Arethusa Cirque, Pocaterra Cirque/Ridge and Grizzly Ridge, to name a few. The area is closed to vehicles from December 15 through June 15 each year. But it’s not closed to bicycles! With our teenage son joining friends for the better…