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.