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#ExploreDowntownYYC Outdoor enthusiast

Downtown Calgary has miles of scenic pathways and beautiful parks. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, a picnic in the park, or adrenaline-filled activity, we have you covered!

Explore downtown with these outdoor itineraries.

Leisurely stroll


Start your day at Prince’s Island Park, a stunning urban park located on an island in the Bow River. Enjoy miles of intersecting pathway to walk, run, bike or scoot and take in the breathtaking views of the city skyline.

During certain times of the year, the bridge lighting program showcases Indigenous stories – something you don’t want to miss!

Head back to the RiverWalk and grab yourself a delicious treat from one of the many vendors at the Simmons Building

Photo by Colin Way

Art exploration


Photo by Neil Zeller

What better way to spend your day than by immersing yourself in Calgary’s rich public art scene.

Begin your day exploring downtown parks like St. Patricks Island or Barb Scott Park and the awe-inspiring pieces that fill their landscapes.

Next up, make your way through Calgary’s Arts & Culture hub; Stephen Avenue where you will find a wide variety of sculptures and vibrant displays.

Be sure to make a special stop to check out the World’s Tallest Mural for that perfect ‘instagrammable moment’ before closing off your day with a stroll down 17th Avenue to check out the many BUMP murals.

Winter fun


Calgary boasts its own winter wonderland with an outdoor skating rink in the heart of downtown. Pack your skates and mittens, and head down to Olympic Plaza for an afternoon of family fun.

If you’re up for more snow filled excitement, rent some snowshoes from River Valley Adventure co. to explore the snowy paths along the Bow River. 

Grab a hot chocolate from Rosso and warm up by a community fire pit to end off the day.  

Photo by Roth and Ramberg Photography Inc.

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