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Nose Hill Park, Calgary

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#7 of 36 in Parks in Calgary
Visit the second-largest urban park in Canada, Nose Hill Park, where the natural environment serves as a retreat from the city. The attraction has long been a favorite spot for viewing nature and wildlife, including bison that fill the grassy slopes each winter. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants in this 11 km (4 mi) park, like sage and parry oatgrass, or watch for animals, which span 198 species. Numerous hiking paths wind through the park (you may experience mild difficulty on the slopes). You can take your four-legged friends on the designated off-leash areas. See Nose Hill Park and all Calgary has to offer by arranging your trip with our Calgary sightseeing planning website .
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  • Nose Hill park is a perfect way to scape to the city. When yo are there you cannot believe that you are actually in the middle of Calgary. It is a peaceful place to enjoy the nature, you can see some ...  more »
  • For those of you who enjoy walking after not necessarily encourage. So serene, beautiful place. It is a natural treasure of the Calgary
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  • Austere in the beautiful way we imagine the prairie to be, even though it’s surrounded by the city of Calgary, this enormous park is loaded with wildlife and beautiful plants. An excellent example of ...  more »
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  • It's so beautiful! ! Wide open space with a magnificent view of the Rocky Mountains and of downtown Calgary. A very special place located in North West Calgary. The amazing variety of grasses all year long offer a beautiful palette of earth tones and textures. Every time I walk up there I am awe struck! ! This neighbourhood is so fortunate.
  • Awesome bike paths and views all over the park. Great for early morning rides. Good trails throughout the park for walking or biking. Lots of hills so it's a good workout. You can even pick Saskatoon berries in August in the park. Often times you will see wildlife such as deer and even porcupine. The views from the top are outstanding. You can see all over the city. Good place to walk your dog and meet other dog walkers. Never too crowded because It is a huge park with multiple entrances and parking lots.
  • Good walk and bike path. Nice place to park your car and look at the city and airport. But city of Calgary have not done anything to make this park look good.
  • Great park for a long walk within the city limits. We have lived close to this park for over 20 years and never had the desire to go for a hike here. It looked so wide open to us and we don't have dogs. We parked at Berkley parking lot which is off 14 st near the NE corner of the park and headed up the asphalt paved path. It was a steady climb for the first 15-20 minutes and on this August day it was about 22 degrees by 10am. we passed two benches both offering limited but nice views of the valley below and I was amazed at how different the scenery was from what I had envisioned. you could see animal tracks and sleeping areas everywhere. Soon we saw a sign on our right indicating dog off leash area to the North. we walked about another 10 minutes to the West and I estimate we were about half way to Shaganappi trail. We decided to take a sharp 145 degree right hand turn onto an old, looked like quad track and make our way back on a dirt trail. This was a nice change from walking on hard asphalt and it was near the top of the hill. Our total trip was only 75 minutes but we were happy to be back. We had no encounters with dogs on the off leash area but one unfortunate thing was a fresh poop on the path, luckily we were alerted by the flies so we didn't step in it. I will carry a poop bag next time just in case.
  • Favorite urban park..In Canada 3rd largest city park. Home of white tail deers, coyotes and porcupines and if you lucky you can spoot gold finches and long horn owl. Has lookout, bike route and because it's large area lots of off leash zones for dog owners. Connected to different quadrant in the city so has many parking lot. Some parking area include washrooms. Originally it is prairie land with some native grass and flowers but the park is changing so you will found some aspen trees, what is blessing on the hot days. No river access but has some storm ponds on the park.

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