Just a skipping stone away from East Village, across the George C. King Bridge (formerly St. Patrick's Bridge), St. Patrick’s Island opened in 2015, offering East Village residents and all Calgarians a beautifully revitalized 31-acre backyard. Nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike can revel in the natural beauty that has been restored through mindful renewal and a biophilia master plan – a landscape design approach that nurtures the bond between people and nature.
The bluff runs along the northern bank of the Bow River as it flows through the centre of the city. It was named after Felix McHugh, who homesteaded this property and was a prominent early entrepreneur. In 2004, Calgary launched a project to restore and develop the bluff into a natural park. Though the park is close to the city centre, because of the steep grade it does not have a history of intensive human use. Currently however, on any given day, there is an extremely high volume of commuters, joggers and dog walkers using the lateral pathways and trails.
Home to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, Stampede Park is comprised of multiple venues that host concerts and events throughout the year, including July’s 10-day Calgary Stampede. The BMO Centre, Calgary's largest venue, Agrium Western Event Centre, the biggest agricultural showcase and competition space in Canada, and Boyce Theatre, which hosts theatre and small concerts, are some of the highlights. Conveniently located in Calgary's city centre, next to the Victoria Park/Stadium C-Train station, Stampede Park is one of the city's most unique and versatile event venues.
Spend a week or more exploring the spectacular national parks in Alberta.
A ten-day self-drive tour through the cities and resorts of Alberta. We've included a number of exciting excursions and entrance to a number of the region's star attractions.