There is no better way to experience the nature and breathtaking views of the city than by bike. Kick summer into gear and explore Calgary on one of the many bike pathways available in the city.
Take a spin around the Glenmore Reservoir
Experience a true urban oasis as you loop a 16km bike path around one of Calgary’s largest bodies of water and through Weaselhead Natural Area. Ride along Calgary’s water reservoir through the only delta in the city, passing the mouth of the Elbow River as it flows into the Glenmore Reservoir. This path is perfect for cyclists of all abilities and provides a relaxing experience in nature, right in the city. In the afternoon, take the family to Heritage Park Historical Village to explore Canada’s largest living history museum.
Escape the city in Nose Hill Park
Pedal on the pathways of one of the largest urban parks in North America. Nose Hill Park covers 11 square kilometers of land in the northwest of the city. Although the park is surrounded by 12 communities, this natural grassland will make you feel like you are miles out of the city.
Pedal along the Bow River
Take in the view of the city skyline with a ride along the Bow River. Begin this exuberant ride at the Peace Bridge and ride along the Bow River Pathway down to Edworthy Park. Make sure to take a ride through Kensington Village and experience its numerous vibrant boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops before heading across the bridge to explore Edworthy Park. Loop back around and cycle towards downtown on the other side of the river. Check out the Riverside Inn for a great place along the Bow River’s bike paths, which also provides bikes to all guests.
Ride in Riley Park
Take a relaxing ride with the family through this quaint and well-kept park, located near the trendy Kensington shopping district. Spend your afternoon in Riley Park watching performances and plays, marveling at the flowers in Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Gardens, or simply take in the beautiful scenery—even stop for a family picnic.
Explore Bowness Park
Spend the afternoon exploring the paths of popular Bowness Park. Take a break from your ride to explore the fun activities the park has to offer. During the summer, boat rentals are available for rides around the musical fountain in the lagoon. You can also find picnic sites and open spaces perfect for ball games. Extend your ride to check out Baker Park, located on the other side of the Bow River.
Explore Fishcreek Park
Spend the day discovering the many pathways available for bikers in Fish Creek Provincial Park. The park provides a perfect getaway from the buzz of the city, promising trails, and pathways for the whole family to enjoy.
Ride through beautiful Bowmont Park
Adventure into the single-track paths of Bowmont Park, located on the northern bank of the Bow River. This quaint park provides the perfect trails for intermediate riders looking for a more challenging pathways. While at the park, be sure to admire the natural beauty of the park’s waterfall.
Explore Prince’s Island Park
Located on the Bow River, Prince’s Island Park provides paved pathways in the heart of the downtown. Explore the island by bike and take a break by the river to admire the Canadian geese and mallard ducks, commonly spotted in the park. In the afternoon, indulge at the River Café and enjoy a picnic basket lunch, filled with seasonal specialties from their kitchen and bakery.
Evening cycle through Eau Claire Park
Begin this ride by biking down the Bow River Pathway until you reach the confluence of the Bow River into the Elbow River. Continue along the west side of the Elbow River and relish in the spectacular view over Downtown and the Saddledome from ENMAX Park.
Bike the pathways along the stream of Confederation Park located northwest of City Centre. The beautifully maintained and manicured recreational park provides an array of amenities and facilities like picnic tables, tennis courts and a golf course – perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Plan your route before you hit the bike paths!
Calgary is a biking city and plenty of resources are available for those looking to explore the area on two wheels. Check out Calgary by Bike for a wealth of information on biking in Calgary or this bicycle pathways city map for information on all pathways and bikeways in Calgary.
Bike and gear rental
Missing the gear? Don’t fear!
Nomad Gear Rental has a wide selection of brands and styles to keep you pedaling all summer long and will deliver everything to your hotel room. Additionally, Bike rentals are also available in close to all the northwest bike paths of the city at Bow Cycle & Sports.