Bragg Creek Provincial Park
- Free Parking
Bragg Creek Provincial Park can be found in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains beside the Elbow River; it has a large open picnic area; fishing is excellent.
The Hamlet of Bragg Creek is located 44 km west of Calgary. The provincial park can be found 1.5 km southwest of the main intersection along White Avenue.
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
The park consists of more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.
- Preserves and protects significant natural features, including endangered ecosystems and rare species
- Provides a unique opportunity to showcase the rich history of ranching and the historic Glenbow townsite
- Is managed through a formal partnership with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is located along the north shore of the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane.
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
- Wildlife Viewing
- Free Parking
Big Hill Springs is located between Parkland and Foothills natural regions; it preserves a large spring and series of small waterfalls that flow year-round over rocky terraces covered with a lush growth of shrubs and grasses. The park is also the site of a historic fish hatchery and Alberta's first commercial creamery.
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park is located approximately 37 kms northwest of downtown Calgary, and 10 kms east of Cochrane. From Calgary, follow highway 1A west to Lochend Rd, turn right (north) 11 kms to RR 567. Turn left (east) 3.3 km to the park turn off. There are signs for Big Hill Springs along the way so it is easy to find.
- Field House (community centre)
- Large Playground
- Tot Playground
- Skateboard Park
- Paved Walking Paths
- Baseball Diamonds
- Horseshoe Pits
- Beach Volleyball Court
- Outdoor Skating Rink
- Free Parking
The Hamlet of Langdon is located approximately 16 km, or 20 minutes, east of Calgary. Langdon is located on Highway 797 and is parallel to Highway 560 (Glenmore Trail - Calgary) in the rural setting of the Canadian prairies.
- The 2.5-kilometre trail meanders past a pond, through a steep ravine, over open plains and thick aspen stands
- Views of the mountains to the west
- Rest areas strategically located to view the surrounding landscape
In 2017 improvements to the trail system were undertaken with funding approval from Rocky View Council. In addition, Macdonald Development Corporation provided funds to the trail upgrades through a community enhancement endowment. These upgrades were undertaken to improve public safety, route finding, and walkability to enhance the overall user experience. Improvements were carefully designed and composed of materials that complement the natural surroundings.
Located in Blue Ridge Estates, Bearspaw (view map, PDF)
Western Irrigation District Canal Pathway
- 26 km long, asphalt, in good condition
- Multi-use: cycling, walking, running, in-line skating
- Several major wetlands
- Interpretive signage
- Rest stops are located sporadically along the trail but do not include restrooms
At the request of adjacent land owners there are no parking facilities along the pathway. Users can access the trail at the start and end points and at most major street intersections.
Highest usage occurs during the summer when 300-400 people may use the trail on a weekend day.
From Max Bell Arena in Calgary, east to Chestermere Lake.
Boulder Creek Park
This small park can be found in Boulder Creek Estates in the Hamlet of Langdon, a 20 minute drive east of Calgary.
Charles Butler Park
- Ball Diamond
- Basketball Area
- Fire Pit
- Park Building
- Picnic Tables
- Butler Park is open to the public year-round and is a great place to host outdoor events.
- The park can be rented during the summer months. Call 403-708-6653 for more information.
- Rental for private events reserves access to the fire pit, BBQ, and park building.
South of Highway 566 on the corner of Mountain View Road and Park Lane.
Bottrel is located approximately 65 km northwest of Calgary, just off Highway 22.
Unless signage indicates otherwise, all County lands permit off-leash animals. However, requirements of the Animal Control Bylaw must be met at all times.
- Dogs must wear a valid Rocky View County licence tag.
- The person holding the leash must be able to control the dog.
- The owner must pick up the dog's defecation.
Dogs are not permitted in the following areas:
- Playgrounds (meaning the sand or grass base beneath playground equipment)
- Floral gardens