Park #4: South Glenmore Park

South Glenmore Park Map

Date visited: July 12, 2021

Location: SW Calgary

Best Time of Year To Visit: Summer is beautiful, but I am interested to see what it’s like at other times of the year.

Before you ask, yes there is a North Glenmore Park. It’s on my list for another day because 1. It would have been a super long walk and 2. I don’t have my bike. This park wasn’t selected randomly because we were trying to focus on getting to a park that was away from the Stampede area. Another thing I wanted to mention is I’ll likely be a little late in posting about my parks. I’m trying to keep up with other posts as well as the challenge. That’s why I’m about two weeks late on this one. Additionally, Calgary has been getting a lot of smoke lately, so I will probably be late on Park #6. I find it’s better to stay home when there’s smoke and go out on the times when the smoke situation is better or cleared up.

South Glenmore Park is located in the south part of the Glenmore Reservoir. It goes into the Elbow River and supplies drinking water to Calgary. Therefore, like other reservoirs, there are rules about what you can do on or near the Glenmore Reservoir. I have visited reservoirs in California, like Hetch Hetchy, but this is in a league of its own.

Park Features and Highlights:

This park has great paths for cycling. I heard that you can do cross-country skiing here, but I didn’t find any indications of that, but then again, it is summer. I miss my bike! If you ask me where it is, I’ll just burst into the song I Left My Bike in San Franciso…

At one end of the park, you could see the landing area for boats. Apparently, you can rent boats there, but I didn’t try it this time. There were so many sailboats on the reservoir. I would love to learn how to sail someday, and I think I just might have found the place to learn! The park also has a tennis court and polo field. The polo field wasn’t so obvious at first. One cool feature is a musical playground with all these things where you can make music! I also noticed there is a water area for the kids to play and they were having lots of fun there! It warmed my heart to see that at another park too.

Challenges:

First of all, if you’re going to come by public transportation, it can be hard to find the entrance. We had to walk around a bit to make sure we were nearby. Even then, the entrance isn’t exactly friendly to pedestrians. It’s better to go where the cars were parked and figure out where to go from there.

Second of all, don’t wear sandals on the trails. It’s not very kind to your feet, or mobility issues. My feet were battered from seeing a few parks altogether, so I had to cut our visit short. Foot problems are synonymous with life in Calgary, either summer or winter, so taking care of my feet happens on a daily basis! If it doesn’t, I get problems like this.

I have a little surprise with my next park. What is it? Wait and see!

I did a guest post with Tall Blonde Tails about my Parks Challenge. You can read my post here.

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See you at the next park in my challenge!

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20 thoughts on “Park #4: South Glenmore Park”

  1. The problem about public transportation is something I learnt when I first moved to Canada. You should always be prepared to have to find the entrance and stuff because buses usually park further away. Great post really enjoyed seeing the lovely pictures as always!

    1. Oh yeah. It can be a problem in California too. I hate to think what other states are like, or places that don’t have public transport lol

  2. Wow, what a beautiful summer day in a beautiful park. I can imagine the pleasant temperature you are enjoying. Spend my summer vicariously through your posts here. I am stuck in the 92 degree heat right now.

    1. This was right before we got a heatwave and fires though. That has gone on for almost a month. It was enjoyable before though. Thanks for commenting 😊

  3. Too bad you don’t have your bike. The Weaselhead is a great place to bike, especially in the fall when everything is yellow. The reservoir is a great place to learn to sail, but not to skate.(I saw the above comments) Maggie

    1. That sounds absolutely beautiful! Maybe I will go walking there again in the fall. I guess you can tell I have only seen Californian reservoirs before after my comments about skating on the reservoir. Lol. Thanks for commenting 😊

  4. I’ve heard that the smoke from all the wildfires has been especially bad this summer. We even have a few wildfires here in Ontario that have made the sky look hazy. This looks like a nice park to explore. I love the shots of the reservoir. It looks massive!!

    1. Yeah, the sky is constantly smoky here. Still, I remember when the sky turned red in the SF Bay Area last summer. I have sort of delayed seeing another park atm until things are clearer. Hope the wildfire situation clears up soon with you! I love the reservoir too! It’s the biggest one I have seen! Thanks for commenting 😊

      1. That makes sense since the air quality probably isn’t the greatest. By the way, I read on the news this morning that at least 71 people caught COVID-19 at the Calgary Stampede. It’s definitely a good call that you decided to avoid the Stampede!

      2. Yeah, I did hear that about the Stampede too. I knew it was going to be a superspreader event. I did feel disappointed missing it because it was almost exclusively Canadian. Plus, it’s my first year here. Before, they said that 5 people had tested positive for COVID-19 before entry, but those were the ones who consented to be tested. Really hope the vaccination rate goes up soon

      3. For sure. Better safe than sorry. It’s scary to hear that Alberta is easing restrictions and public health measures despite the recent increase in cases.

      4. I know! There was a press conference talking about targeting unvaccinated people and I am glad they are trying to get the vaccination rate up. I heard a expert say that unvaccinated people are going to get sick this time, and I believe it!

  5. Skating on a water reservoir would likely not be advisable, as the ice would not be strong due to the rise and fall of water levels. I have often visited Heritage Park and driven by the Glenmore Reservoir, but never looked at the trails. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. That makes sense. No wonder I didn’t see anything about ice skating. It really is a beautiful reservoir. Thank you for commenting 😊

    1. Maybe, but I don’t know if you’re allowed to skate on it. I couldn’t find any information on that. Plus, it is a reservoir, so there are rules about what you can do there and when. Thanks for commenting 😊

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