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The Parks & Pathways Bylaw contains regulations to help make our parks and pathways more safe and enjoyable for everyone. The following is an overview and the complete document is available for download Parks & Pathways Bylaw.

Violations of this bylaw are subject to fines ranging between $50 and $1500.

Encroachments into City of Calgary parks and green spaces

The new bylaw came into effect March 2019. Any unauthorized encroachment onto a City owned park or green space is now a fineable offence.

Parks


  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not disturb or feed wildlife, including birds.
  • Only electric recreational vehicles listed on the web​ are permitted on the pathways, such as electric assisted bicycles.
  • Do not entre or remain in a park outside of permitted hours.
  • No fires allowed outside of designated areas.

Signs


You must obey posted signs, as they are there to alert you to important rules and regulations. These rules were designed for your safety and security.

Pathways


  • Speed limit: Stick to 20 km/h unless signs say otherwise, no matter your vehicle.
  • Respect others' rights.
  • Keep right except for passing.
  • Don't pass where there's a double yellow line.
  • Use a bell, whistle, or horn when passing on a bicycle or Segway.
  • Give right of way to others.
  • Make sure you're visible to other pathway users, including walkers and joggers.
  • Pedal assist electric bicycles are allowed on pathways, except where bicycles are prohibited.
  • Power-on-demand electric or gas bicycles are not allowed on pathways.

Visit the Calgary Pathways & Bikeways map to access more information while you are on the go.

Cycling


  • All youth under 18 must wear an approved helmet.
  • Ensure your bike has at least one working brake and an alerting device.
  • If biking at night, your bike needs a red taillight, a white headlight, and a red rear reflector.

In-line skating


  • It's recommended to wear a helmet, elbow and wrist protectors, and knee pads.
  • If skating at night, use clear or red lights visible from both the front and back.

Trees, plants and weeds


  • Pruning or removing trees on City land is illegal.
  • Leave parks undisturbed; don't collect plant or animal material or cause damage.
  • Don't pull weeds without a permit; some weeds are targeted for control using beneficial bugs.

Dogs


  • Keep your dog on a leash no longer than 2 meters.
  • Only unleash your dog in designated off-leash areas.
  • Always clean up after your dog.
  • Dogs should stay on the right side of the pathway unless passing.
  • Avoid cycling or skating on pathways with leashed dogs, except for disability devices.
  • In off-leash areas, ensure your dog responds to commands visually and audibly.
  • Download the City of Calgary Pets App to access more information on the go.

Calgary's parks and pathways are regulated by the Parks & Pathways Bylaw.

This page is an overview of these regulations. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerks office.

Filing a complaint


If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary) or use the 311 app or:

To help us respond faster, please be ready with the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • A primary and alternate phone number
  • The address and exact location of the property for which you wish to register a complaint
  • A brief and concise description of the complaint

This information will remain confidential. No anonymous complaints will be accepted - you must identify yourself with the 311 service representative.

Please include any related photos when reporting a complaint with the 311 app. This will assist the investigating officer.

Learn more about filing a bylaw complaint and the process.

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