The Best Activities to Discover in Fish Creek Park
Living in a large city shouldn’t mean missing out on access to nature and the inherent benefits of spending time outside. Sanderson Ridge backs onto Fish Creek Park, which just happens to be the third-largest urban park in all of Canada. With more than 13 square kilometres of green space to enjoy, Fish Creek Park has abundant opportunities to explore throughout your next, best chapter. Keep reading to learn more about the top activities to discover in Fish Creek Park.
Hike, Bike, Blade
Many people head to the mountains to hit the hiking trails, but living at Sanderson Ridge means kilometres of trails right in your own backyard. Fish Creek Park is equipped with more than 80 kilometres of pathways—30 km of paved trails and 50 km of shale paths—that are ideal for hikers of all abilities. Whether you’re in the mood for a short stroll or a full-day adventure, Fish Creek Park fits the bill for a memorable hike without leaving the city.
The paved trails in Fish Creek Park are also perfect for rollerblading, and bikes are permitted on all trails except at the Sikome Aquatic Facility and in front of the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre.
Use this trail map to help plan your next hiking excursion in Fish Creek Park.
Fish Creek Park is home to more than 200 species of birds—including great blue herons, songbirds, bald eagles and great horned owls. Despite being located within Calgary’s city limits, there are also plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife in Fish Creek Park, despite it being located within Calgary city limits. Learn more about how to safely share the park with wildlife here.
On the Water
The natural beauty of Fish Creek Park can also be enjoyed on the Bow River. A boat launch (open from April 1 to October 31) is located approximately 20 minutes from Sanderson Ridge, but it’s worth the drive if you’re interested in taking advantage of the Bow River’s world-class trout fishing. If you’re new to fishing, take a few minutes to find out everything you need to know about regulations, species restrictions and sport fishing here.
Perfect your swing at McKenzie Meadows Golf Course, just 15 minutes from Sanderson Ridge. This 18-hole Championship Course, designed by renowned Golf Course Architect Gary Browning, is where you can find Calgary’s best driving range and practice facilities, as well as a fully-stocked pro shop, restaurant and events centre.
Pack a picnic basket to enjoy with friends and family at one of Fish Creek Park’s many day-use areas. Shannon Terrace is the day-use area closest to Sanderson Ridge, which is a 9-minute drive or a 3.5-kilometre walk or bike ride away. You’ll forget you’re still in the city thanks to all the natural beauty around this spot, which is also equipped with picnic tables and fire pits to gather around.
Sanderson Ridge is truly where you can live, play and thrive—whether it’s enjoying the facility’s unmatched amenities or venturing out into Fish Creek Park to enjoy a day outdoors. The choice is yours, and there’s no shortage of ways to stay happy and healthy year-round.