Five walks to get you enjoying the great outdoors
The Reflector’s Stefanie Diduch explores some of the best paths as inspired by Lori Beattie’s new book, Calgary’s Best Walks
Two of my favourite things are walking and the City of Calgary. When I came across Lori Beattie’s book, “Calgary’s Best Walks”, I felt like I’d found the book version of a Saddledome malt. While the book is full of ideas in every area of our great city, here are five to get you started
This is a nice mix of walking by the river veering through neighbourhoods and peering into the shops of Inglewood. While there on a rainy day this walk was still enjoyable and made the character homes look incredibly lush; Major home envy. Also, a stop at Spolumbos is a must.
Nosehill Park: Meadowlark Prairie and Many Owls Valley
Nosehill is classic, yet, somehow I always forget it’s there. The degree of difficulty, as measured by Beattie is described as moderate, with hills. My dog loved it, and I loved it, and after this walk we both slept like babies. Keep in mind how open you are to the elements, even on a warm day, a jacket was needed. And your furry friend can go off leash! Fun for everyone!
Baker Park-Bowness Park-Valley Ridge Douglas Fir Trail
It’s hard to imagine Bowness Park submerged under water, but when you think back to just two short years ago, it’s clear a lot of work has been put into restoring this gem. Highly recommend walking this one later in the day when the sun is setting. Bonus points for stopping at Angel’s drive-in for a milkshake.
One of the shorter walks in this book, this one is described as easy with some difficult hills. I love this part of the city! There are so many interesting homes and no shortage of places to stop along the way for coffee and people watching.
Glenmore Reservoir Circumnavigation
This is a long one, but it’s worth it. Keep in mind, bug spray is a definitely needed for the warmer months! There are lots of opportunities to climb down and sit near the water. Maybe your water bottle could even feature something with a bit more kick? Hey! You have to enjoy the summer days while they last.
This book has so much to offer and is perfectly laid out. Filled with personal touches including Beattie’s favourite places to stop for a nosh, and notes about which walks are dog, stroller and runner friendly. A really great one for anyone new to the city or hoping to get reacquainted with Calgary’s best.