Now that the weather is getting nicer and nicer, it’s always a great time to venture out and explore the beautiful and breathtaking terrain that Calgary has to offer. Hiking, biking and camping are favourite pastimes for so many Albertans, and there are plenty of awesome places in our own backyard for you to do so – load up the car and check out the best provincial and national parks near Calgary AB all summer long!
We had to lead off with Banff, as it’s an unparalleled destination for so many Canadians. Featuring pristine waters set across stunning backdrops that juxtapose trees and mountains, Banff is truly a location that’s bred from dreams. We can’t recommend it strongly enough!
Fish Creek is one of the only provincial parks located entirely within Calgary’s city limits, but it’s well worth the visit. You’re free to go biking, bird watching, have a picnic, and fish on the Bow River, a world-class spot to catch trout. Or, head over to McKenzie Meadows for a day on the links!
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The untapped Canadian wilderness is the stuff of legends, and Big Hill Springs is there to bring you closer to it all. It’s a hotbed for geocaching, front country hiking, and viewing wildlife, so be sure to pack your binoculars. You never know what you’ll see!
Located just south of its namesake town lies Bragg Creek Provincial Park, easily accessible via Alberta Highway 758. Its waterfront location is perfect for catching some fish, and you can’t beat some of the views that you’ll get on a breathtaking hike. Come and see what it has to offer!
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