Park sights in Calgary
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For a little slice of Central Park in the heart of Cowtown, take the bridge over to this island, with grassy fields just made for tossing the Frisbee, bike paths and ample space to stretch out. During the summer months, you can catch a Shakespeare production in the park's natural grass amphitheater. Watch yourself around the river: the water is cold and the current is strong and not suitable for swimming. The bridge to the island from downtown is at the north end of 3rd St SW, near the Eau Claire Market shopping area.
Cradling the southwest edge of Calgary, this huge park is a sanctuary of wilderness hidden within the city limits. Countless trails intertwine to form a labyrinth to the delight of walkers, mountain bikers and the many animals who call the park home. Severe flooding in the park in the mid-2000s washed away many bridges and, in many cases, severely impacted on the landscape. The park is slowly returning to normal with the assistance of the city and Mother Nature. There are numerous access points to the park, which stretches 20km between 37th St in the west and Bow River in the east. From downtown, take bus 3 via Elbow Dr.