Date visited: August 9, and August 12, 2021

Location: SE Calgary. Or SW? I’m confused about that!

Best Time of Year To Visit: Any time of year.

This park wasn’t selected randomly. I was in the area twice within a few days of each other, so I decided to stop by the park.

Note: I’m reposting this. I had some technical issues with posting it last time.

Park Features and Highlights:

No matter how you enter the park, you can’t do it without seeing the Elbow River. Whether you cross the bridge or enter by this river path, you can’t avoid the river. It’s lovely though, so I don’t care!

There’s an area where you can get closer to the river and other areas with benches overlooking the river. It’s a great way to relax if you have walked a lot. There are spaces to go wading in the river (if that’s what you’re into). I tried wading when I was there, and it’s getting to be that time of year when the water goes from refreshing to cold!

There is a gym near the park, which is a cool look. You can work out and then chill in the park afterwards. Additionally, there is a playground for kids and picnic tables nearby.

The bridges are even cooler! You get some great views of the city on the bridges, especially in the summer because clearly, the greenery is blocking the city!

Park Surrounding Area:

The area nearby is known as the Mission district. It was initially settled by French missionaries. If you look closely, you can see signs of its French history. For instance, the street signs say what the original names of the streets were and those original names are all French! There are more clues to look out for as well. It’s one of the most vibrant areas I have seen in Calgary! There are lots of local businesses on 4th St SW, and the Beltline Murals are there on 17th Ave SW. I will do a post about the Beltline Murals someday. It’s a great place to get together with people and try different foods!

Additionally, the Calgary Stampede takes place nearby. I don’t know whether Stampeders go to the park to chill out, but I hope they do!

Challenges. What Challenges?:

This is the most accessible park ever! Yes, there are dips and hills, especially around the bridges, but overall, it’s a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy!

One Last Thing:

I have been rather busy of late because I am applying for permanent residence and starting a business. I am still visiting parks when it’s not smoky, but I don’t have much time to post about them. Additionally, I might not comment on your posts as often either, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t read them. Thanks for reading!

If you miss any of my future posts on my challenge or want to reread my past posts, you can go to my page Calgary Parks Challenge. You can also find more photos from the parks on my Instagram page here.

See you at the next park in my challenge!

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  1. I liked that you underlined the former French presence. This is often the case in Canada, the French came first in many places but strangely this is not always mentioned, as if the page had been torn out of the book.

    1. Well, I am quite partial to areas that are formerly French. Whenever I have been in the area I have heard French spoken. I suspect it’s an area of choice for Quebecois. Thanks for commenting 😊

  2. Loved the images! Good luck with the PR- I heard it’s a bit easier to get one at the moment so fingers crossed 🀞

    1. Thank you! I am hoping I can get it pretty smoothly. At first, I was worried bc of the election, but I know someone who knows Canadian politics and she said that it takes a long time to change immigration rules even if a different party gains power. Thanks for commenting 😊

      1. Oh that’s good! I don’t think elections will cause that much of an issue cos I’ve also noticed it takes quite a while for the party to change laws.

  3. I thought “bit of history” is not legible but it is. I can enlarge it in a new window and read everything there, except the French words. Wish there are more description of the natives who lived in the Elbow Valley back then. I once read a book about native Americans in Texas. I forget the name of the book already but I remember I really enjoyed it.

    1. Well, the French is a translation of what’s already said in English. Legally, you have to do that in Canada. They tend to break up the history a lot, depending on your location, but it’s quite normal to see these signs around. That sounds like a great book! Thanks for commenting 😊

  4. The park is half in SW and half in SE. Easy to be confused. One thing about Calgary, it is not enough to have the street address, if you don’t have the quadrant. You could be close or far away and wonder where you are. Looks like a good park in the bend of the river. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. UGH! Tell me about it! I’m glad that I actually walked along Macleod Trail before I attempt to drive it someday. It’s better to do that as a pedestrian. It’s a nice, calming park and I heard it was voted the best in Calgary. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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