Calgary's communities, parks and natural areas are connected by an extensive network of pedestrian and cycling paths that are available for all Calgarians to use whether for walking, running, rollerblading or cycling. In fact, Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.
In order to improve our pathway network, The City is addressing missing links, lifecycle repairs, and safety improvements
to our pathway system. The 2016 Pathways and Trails work plan
is now available, and will be updated on a regular basis. Please note this work plan is a living document that will be updated throughout the year.
Find a pathway
Please use our new online Pathways and Bikeways map to plan your route. Or, if you're new to our pathways, you might want to find out more about our most interesting pathway routes.
About Calgary's pathways
In addition to Calgary's approximately 580 km of regional pathways, The City also maintains 220 km of local pathway and 95 km of trails.
- A regional pathway is part of a city-wide network that facilitates non-motorized transportation. They are typically asphalt and located off-street.
- A local pathway provides secondary routes within communities, linking residential areas to facilities such as neighbourhood parks, schools and other local community destinations.
- Trails are non-paved paths that facilitate non-motorized transportation via park-wide networks. Trails are typically made of granular or compacted dirt.
In the late 1960s, Calgarians began envisioning a system of connected pathways on which they could travel throughout the city and access areas of unique natural beauty. The first completed section of the pathway was built through Confederation Park in the early 1970s. Then paths along the Bow River and Elbow River, made from crushed red shale (clinker shale from burned out coal seams), were constructed before asphalt paths replaced the shale.
Today, nearly 800 km of pathways connect along the Bow & Elbow Rivers, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Creek, West Nose Creek, the Western Irrigation District Canal and the perimeter of Glenmore Reservoir. There is also the Calgary Greenway, a 138 km pathway that will loop around Calgary. Additionally, there are another 290 km of on-street bikeways.
Using our pathways
Please obey the following rules and regulations when using Calgary's pedestrian and bike paths:
- Respect the 20 km/hour speed limit
- Signal audibly when passing
- Keep to the right and yield to the right-of-way
- Avoid the use of ski poles while in-line skating or skiing
- Do not use electric bikes or scooters on the pathway, it is prohibited
- Be considerate to other pathway users
- Be a responsible pet owner; maintain control and clean up after your pet
To report safety concerns or inappropriate activities (such as vandalism), call 311.
Report a pathway concern