Walking in Calgary

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Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg
Your guide to Calgary by foot

Walking in Calgary

Explore Calgary on foot with tips and tricks to walk your way through the city

Home to the most extensive pedestrian pathway network in North America, walking is a great way to explore Calgary. From walkable neighbourhoods and attractions to guided walking tours and pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods, this is your guide to Calgary by foot.

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Spring walking in Inglewood (Photo credit: Travel Alberta)

Spring walking in Inglewood (Photo credit: Travel Alberta)

Winter walking in Olympic Plaza (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Winter walking in Olympic Plaza (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Walking Weather & Clothing

Comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions are essential when walking in Calgary. Temperatures and weather conditions in Calgary vary day to day, season to season, and even hour to hour. Layered clothing in any season is a great way to be prepared for changes in weather conditions for a comfortable walking experience.

You can expect winter temperatures to range from approximately -20°C to 20°C. Long pants, layered shirts, down jackets, toques, and gloves are great choices. Winter boots with good tread are essential for walking in the city as sidewalk and pathway conditions can be snow covered and slippery. Sunglasses are also a smart choice in winter months as the sun’s reflection off the snow can create a bright environment.

Calgary also receives warm chinook winds throughout the winter months, raising temperatures by as much as 20°C in a few hours. Layered clothing is a great way to be prepared when the temperature changes quickly in the city, potentially rising from -10°C to 10°C in about 24 hours.

Spring temperatures range from approximately 0°C to 15°C. Long pants, layered shirts, light jackets, and comfortable walking shoes are appropriate for the short spring season. Calgary receives approximately 30 mm of precipitation in the spring months so water resistant shoes are also a good idea.

Summer temperatures range from approximately 5°C to 30°C. Shorts, short sleeve shirts, and a light jackets are appropriate clothing for the summer months along with comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Sunglasses are essential in the summer months as Calgary receives the most hours of sunlight per year of any major city in Canada.

Fall temperatures range from approximately 0°C to 15°C. Long pants, long sleeves, and a light jacket are appropriate clothing for the short fall season in Calgary.

The Plus 15 from street level

The Plus 15 from street level

Inside the Plus 15

Inside the Plus 15

Navigating Calgary on Foot

You can feel safe and comfortable walking in downtown Calgary. Well-lit downtown city streets and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks make walking in the city safe and enjoyable. Wayfinding signs in the downtown area are easy to find and helpful to locate popular destinations with estimated walking distances and times.

Calgary is divided into four quadrants (N.W., N.E., S.W., and S.E.) with the downtown core composed of a series of numbered streets and avenues. Numbered streets run north-south while avenues run east-west making it easy to navigate on foot and locate your next destination.

The City of Calgary has helpful information about walking in the city, including cycling and walking route maps. This helpful collection of maps provides information to help you walk to your next destination starting from the city centre and provides step-by-step instructions to get to one of 10 popular city destinations, including information about pathway closures and detours.

Stephen Avenue Walk in Downtown Calgary (Photo credit: Travel Alberta)

Stephen Avenue Walk in Downtown Calgary (Photo credit: Travel Alberta)

17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Walkable Neighbourhoods

Bowness Park (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth and Ramberg)

Bowness Park (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth and Ramberg)

Walkable Parks & Paths

CalgaryWalks Downtown Intro Walking Tour at City Hall (Photo credit: Neil Zeller)

CalgaryWalks Downtown Intro Walking Tour at City Hall (Photo credit: Neil Zeller)

Walking Tours

Walking is a great way to explore a city for the first time and a popular way to experience the architecture, neighbourhoods, public art, and history that makes a city unique. Tour companies in Calgary offer a variety of walking tours that let you explore the city by foot.

Calgary Tower from Stephen Avenue Walk (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Calgary Tower from Stephen Avenue Walk (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Walkable Attractions from Downtown

You can access some of the best attractions in Calgary on foot. Begin your day in downtown Calgary and thrilling attractions are just steps away.