Kick back and relax with a picnic in Calgary at one of these popular parks in the city. Pack your picnic basket with treats for the whole family, plan a romantic date night, or enjoy the paths, wading pools, playgrounds, barbeque stands, and picnic tables in these great Calgary picnic spots.
14 of the Best Picnic Spots in Calgary
14 of the Best Picnic Spots in Calgary
North Glenmore Park
Prairie Winds Park
Prince’s Island Park
Location: 4 St. SW and 1 Ave SW
Walking distance from the neighbourhood of Kensington, Riley Park is a beautiful backdrop for a picnic in the city. Lay out your picnic spread at one of the many picnic tables and enjoy the cricket pitch, playground, and free wading pool. The nearby Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Gardens are a beautiful flower and rock garden on the northern hillside of the park including more than 20,000 pieces of flagstone from the late senator Patrick Burns demolished mansion. The park is also home to the Calgary Cricket League. Not interested in packing your own picnic? Get a boxed lunch from nearby Oxbow at Hotel Arts Kensington and enjoy a picnic in the park in style.
Location: 800 12 St. NW
Sports fans will love a picnic in Shouldice Park. Soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts surround this cozy neighbourhood park with bookable picnic sites, fire pits, and barbeque stands. With the Shouldice Aquatic Centre, Shouldice Arena, and batting cages nearby, there is always an activity to do before or after your next family picnic in the park. Check the Shouldice Park Athletic map and plan your next picnic and playtime in the park.
Location: 4900 Monserrat Dr. NW
South Glenmore Park
Bordering the south side of the Glenmore Reservoir, South Glenmore Park is a great picnic location with activities for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike. Home to the Weaselhead Natural Area, biking and hiking trails, pathways, tennis courts, polo field, playgrounds, and spray park, it’s easy to see why this is a great place for a family picnic. The nearby Glenmore Sailing School also offers boat rentals for a great day on the water. Picnic sites are available for rent with fire pits and barbeque stands available in some locations.
Location: 90 Ave SW & 24 St. SW
Stanley Park is a favourite destination in Calgary for picnicking in the park along with a host of other activities. Sports fields, tennis courts, playgrounds areas, and an outdoor swimming and wading pool make this the perfect place to splash around for a family picnic. There is an admission fee for use of the Stanley Park Outdoor Swimming Pool. Home to the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club, this park is a great place to try out a game of lawn bowling and enjoy a family picnic. Picnic sites are available to book.
Location: 4011 1A St. SW
St. Patrick’s Island Park
St. Patrick’s Island is one of Calgary’s oldest parks that has become a natural oasis in the middle of the city. Updates to this classic picnic location have made it one of the most popular play and picnic destinations in the city with dedicated picnic and grilling stations throughout the park. Located on the Bow River between the East Village and community of Bridgeland, St. Patrick’s Island has everything from hiking and biking trails to a public plaza, kids play area, natural wading pool, and amphitheatre area for intimate performances. Family picnics and romantic date nights are a great way to explore the park, including views of the Bloom Sculpture overlooking the downtown skyline.
Location: 1300 Zoo Rd. NE
City of Calgary parks are open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Check the Calgary Parks page for hours, maps, and a complete list of amenities available at each picnic location.
If you are interested in booking a picnic site, consult the City of Calgary for details on the amenities, capacities, fees, power outlets, and washroom accessibility, available at each picnic location. Amenities, hours, and accessibility may vary by picnic location.