As Sunday was such a beautiful day here in Calgary and surrounds, we just had to take advantage of the sunshine and the warm temperatures. We decided to explore Fish Creek Provincial Park, something that has been on our list of things to do for a long time. We walked for about an hour and a half and it soon became apparent what a vast park it is.
We have since learned, that the park (located in the southern part of Calgary), is one of the largest urban parks in North America, stretching 19 km (11 miles) from east to west and is over three times the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
The Bow River and the Fish Creek pass through the park, which spans the width of the city. This is a picture of a bridge, over the very frozen Fish Creek.
There are a variety of paved and unpaved pedestrian and bicycle trails that connect the park to the city’s extensive trail system.
The park features 80 kilometers (50 miles) of trails, of which 30 kilometers (19 miles) are paved, and it is home to a large variety of natural wildlife, including Deer, Coyotes, Owls and Beavers. We were lucky enough to have this Owl fly right past us, and we chatted to another couple who have recently seen a Porcupine in the park.
The park features a number of different picnicking and forest areas and of course, the obligatory fire pit / barbecue, which was giving off some fantastic aromas!
We also saw this very noisy Woodpecker…
…a Tree Creeper…
…and of course, some Deer.
As the light started to fade, the frozen Fish Creek looked stunning.
Two fishermen in the rather fast moving Bow River.
Ice forming at the edges of the river.
The trees looked beautiful as the sun went down.
On the way home the stunning sunset rounded off a very enjoyable day.