Calgary is blessed with this beautiful urban park that residents and visitors can enjoy throughout the year. The large (20 hectares, or 50 acres) island is in the middle of the Bow River, just north of downtown. Pedestrian bridges provide easy access to the park; limited parking is available if you want to drive onto the island, however. Pathways and trails criss-cross the island, so you can walk, hike, bike, roller blade or skateboard to your heart's content, or ice skate on the lagoon in the winter.
In addition to water fountains, flower gardens, playgrounds and green areas perfect for picnicking, the eastern part of the park is an area of constructed wetlands, which includes a "learning pathway" - stroll along the walkway and learn about the ecology of wetlands while enjoying views of ducks, geese and native plants. If you plan to visit Calgary, be sure to check ahead and see if your time in the city will include one of the many festivals held in the park. Particularly popular are the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, Canada Day and Heritage Day (the first Monday in August, celebrating the varied cultures of the province).
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