Carburn Park is a large natural area nestled along the Bow River and East of the community of Riverbend. The park reflects the preservation of wildlife habitat and ecosystem for all Calgarians to enjoy.
The park was created in the 1970s. It was once part of Senator Patrick Burns’ vast prairie empire. The park is named after Carburn Aggregates because the majority of the park’s land was acquired from them.
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What is there to do at Carburn Park?
Carburn Park is a beautiful little oasis in the middle of the city. It’s hard to imagine you’re in the middle of the city at many points along the pathways.
The park has a vast land to shelter wildlife. It is a fantastic place for watching birds such as Warblers, Vireos, Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons. You can often see deers too.
You can take a stroll along the hiking trails which follow the Bow river and enjoy flora and fauna. The pathway is excellent for biking with kids. Speaking of kids, id they need to take a quick pitstop, there is a Public Bathroom at the park that you are able to use during park hours.
There are lots of water activities in the park. It is an excellent place to fish with family. Canoes, dinghies, and paddleboats are allowed in the ponds. In Winter, visitors can enjoy cross country skiing and free outdoor skating at the Carburn Park Skating Rink.
Carburn has the most extensive ponds in the park system. The first pond is the smaller of the two and has an island in the middle. It is a perfect spot to take kids out to learn water safety and paddling skills as the water could not be calmer.
After the first pond, the pathway encircles the second larger pond. There are several spots where you can get close down by the water to throw rocks or look at the pond life.
On the West side of the park, you’ll find picnic spots. Fire pits and BBQ stands are also available. Six wheelchair accessible picnic tables were also installed to promote inclusivity. You can book the picnic sites if you want to celebrate special occasions in a picturesque nature.
Children will have a great time at the playground. Pet lovers are welcome to walk their dogs as long as they are on a leash but head across the Eric Harvie Bridge and you can go to the Sue Higgins Off-Leash Area.
How big is Carburn Park?
Carburn Park lies along the eastern shore of the Bow River and was mined for gravel in the early 1980s. The park is accessible through the community of Riverbend.
It covers 135 hectares area. The 2.4-kilometre fraction of the land is Carburn Pond Loop, a lightly trafficked loop trail.
Where is Carburn Park Located?
You can visit the park at 67 Riverview Drive South East Park. hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. The park is accessible through the community of Riverbend. The best place to park is at the Carburn Park Vehicle Parking, which is a free parking lot is available at the entrance, so you are welcome to bring your own car.
If you prefer public transportation, the park can be accessed by Calgary transit with route numbers 36, 41, 75 with stop number 8056.
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Listing information last updated on July 28th, 2021 at 3:15pm CDT.