They say a way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, but if you give them the choice between fries and a pug snuggle, you’ll find out pretty quickly that this is simply untrue. Whether you’re looking to bond with your furry pal, get some exercise, or just to pup watch, dog parks are the best place to breathe in some fresh air. YYC is incredibly dog-friendly, but here are 10 of the best dog parks in all of Calgary! Grab a coffee, mask up and enjoy!
Located in the heart of Calgary’s inner city, Roxboro & Erlton off-leash park is a fantastic area for those looking to snap some pictures, meet other dog owners, or just to relax and read a book next to a tree or the river. The only downside here is that the area is not fenced off, so make sure to watch your critters!
Where: 3010 Roxboro Glen Rd SW, Calgary
No matter the season, Calgary’s Bowmont Park is a beautiful space with trees, wildlife, and even a waterfall. It’s one of the most natural-looking spaces in the entire city and they even have doggy bag dispensers – which is awesome. Needless to say, this one is well worth visiting.
Where: 8660 Bearspaw Dam Road NW, Calgary
If you’ve lived in Calgary for a while, then you know that Edworthy is a dynamite spot. With Gazebos, benches, seasonal washrooms, and parking lots, this SW area makes for a wonderful, comfortable day out with the doggo, your family, or your friends.
Where: Spruce Drive SW Calgary
With 5 different off-leash dog parks within the community, Beddington Heights is a great area to take your furbaby – especially if they’re a smaller breed. Unfortunately, there are no designated parking lots, but it’s clean and everyone in the neighbourhood is pretty friendly.
Where: See all designated entryways here
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River Park is a special multi-use area where dogs are able to roam free, socialize and enjoy themselves. This really is a community-type park where everyone is up for a chat (at a COVID-safe distance, of course) and all are committed to keeping the place in good shape. Also, there are doggy fountains throughout which is pretty great on warmer days.
Where: 4500 14A Street SW, Calgary
Just across the river from our previous mention, you’ll find Riverdale Dog Park, another ‘in-this-together’ type area with beautiful views and plenty of space. In the warmer months, take your critter for a swim, and in the colder months play around with a frisbee or toss a ball or two!
Where: 1334 Riverdale Ave SW, Calgary
Fun fact, Nose Hill is actually the 4th largest urban park in all of Canada, with 11 square kilometres to walk your dog. Parking is fantastic, the mountain views are picturesque and because the entire area consists of hills, pathways, and benches, it’s perfect for everyone of all ages and puppies of all sizes.
Where: 5620 14 St NW, Calgary, Alberta
If you’re a dog owner, Sue Higgins Park is a must-visit. As Calgary’s largest off-leash area, it is a bit busy, but it certainly doesn’t feel crowded or uncomfortable – which now, more than ever is incredibly important. Check it out!
Where: Southland Drive and Deerfoot Tril SE – Directions here
Alongside Memorial Drive, you’ll find McHugh Bluff Park, a natural area with plenty of space, an amazing view of both the skyline and the mountains, and even some wildlife. This is a great spot, however, we would recommend keeping an eye on more clumsy pups as some hills are a little steep. Don’t let that scare you away though! It’s nothing most wouldn’t be able to handle.
Where: Along Crescent Road NW from 10 Street NW to Centre Street N -Directions here
West Hillhurst Off-Leash park is another large area perfect for letting your dog get out some of that energy from being pent up inside for most of the week. Like McHugh, this one is also on a hill so make sure you’re prepared to work those muscles in order to keep up with your pet but enjoy! The views are great and Fido will be so happy you brought him.
Where: 1025 19 St NW, Calgary
There you have it, friends! 10 of the best dog parks in all of Calgary. Did we miss your favourites? Let us know in the comments where you take your dog!