Fish Creek Park
Fish Creek Provincial Park preserves the valley of Fish Creek in the southern part of Calgary. It is bordered on three sides by the city. The other side is by the west of the Tsuu T’ina Nation territory.
You can maximize your visit to the park by getting trail maps and park information at the exhibit area in Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre or the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre.
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What is there to do at Fish Creek Provincial Park?
This park offers a lot of facilities for everyone. A visitor centre will welcome you as soon as you get there. Families enjoy the environmental learning centre, picnic shelters, and group day-use areas in areas like Glennfield or in Votier's Flats Fish Creek Park.
You can also wander around Sikome Lake, boat launch at the Bow River, and the Mackenzie Meadows Golf Course.
Swimming is permitted at Sikome Lake, and fishing is allowed in Fish Creek and the Bow River. Visit the Sikome Aquatic Facility - North Swim Centre or the Sikome Aquatic Facility - South Swim Centre. Much of the park is forested and is home to a variety of natural wildlife. Deers, coyotes, owls, and beavers, as well as several species of garter snakes and frogs, are amongst the animals you can see there. More than 200 bird species have been seen in the park, including great blue herons.
The Fish Creek boat ramp is located just north of Highway 22x and accessed through the entrance from Bow Bottom Trail SE.
If you head all the way down Canyon Meadows Blvd SE to the east, you will come across a hidden jewel... Mallard Point, Fish Creek Provincial Park. This is a great place for an afternoon walk and birdwatching.
The Fish Creek mountain bike skills park is an incredible place to visit to increase and practice your biking skills. This pump track allows everyone from all ages and skill levels to increase speeds through bumps or rock gardens or simply learn how to corner and balance better.
Alberta’s history, nature and art are honoured in a unique and culturally significant fashion in the Artisan Gardens. It features the First Nations history, family and natural environment.
Schools and different organizations often use the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre & Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre for their educational programs.
The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is one of the top restaurants in all of Calgary, and is located right here in Fish Creek Provincial Park. This fine-dining establishment offers exquisite ambiance suited to any occasion and was included in the top 100 restaurants in Canada.
How big is Fish Creek Park?
Fish Creek has more than 100 kilometres of paved and unpaved trails. These trails connect the park to Calgary's extensive pathway system, and the Trans Canada Trail passing through the park along the Bow River.
It is the second-largest urban park in Canada after Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. Stretching 19 kilometres from east to west, with an area of 13.48 square kilometres, it is more than three times the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park.
Where is Fish Creek Park Located?
The park is located at 13931 Woodpath Road, S.W., Calgary, T2W 5R6. Fish Creek Provincial Park facilities and trails can be accessed through entrances off major roads in Calgary.
Fish Creek Park is surrounded by the communities of:
- McKenzie Lake
- Deer Run
- Deer Ridge
- Douglasdale / Douglasglen
- Diamond Cove
- Lake Bonavista
- Canyon Meadows
Hull's woods parking is located just north of Sikome Lake access from Bow Bottom Trail SE.
Public transport also serves the park. You can access the park through various Calgary transit routes.
If you’re driving, take Anderson Road West to 37th Street S.W. Head south on 37th Street S.W. to 130th Avenue S.W.(Second set of lights on 37th Street S.W.). Turn left onto 130th Avenue S.W.
Then, take your first right onto Woodpath Road S.W. Drive straight ahead into the Park and continue to the bottom of the hill. You will see the Environmental Learning Centre is on the right-hand side.