Biking in Calgary has never been so popular, with the YYC bike culture growing faster than your front lawn. Why is this little contraption gaining so much momentum? Well, other than the fact biking is great for your health, it is also adventurous, economical, and family friendly. While working off your winter muffin top and chiseling a pair of perfect calves, you can explore our beautiful city while getting from Point A to Point B, riding solo – or with family and friends.
Whether home for you is north or south – east or west, there are some stunning and easily accessible trails for you to explore this summer. Below you will find a beginner biker’s guide to bike paths in Calgary, including multi-level terrain and varying settings for your changing moods.
If you live in Northwest Calgary:
- Nose Hill Park, located between Shaganappi Trail and 14th street NW. Here you could get so wound up on all the different bike paths that you forget you are in a city all together.
For those in the Northeast:
- Park your bike at one of Bridgeland‘s many bike racks and take a stroll through the neighbourhood, (maybe even stop by the one and only Naturmend!) Head south to the Bow River Pathway. You won’t find a more peaceful and well-paved bike path in Calgary than on this scenic route. You can take it east to the Zoo or west to Bowness, take a snap shot of the city’s Peace Bridge, or stop for a coffee at one of Kensington‘s many popular cafes and restaurants.
In the Southwest:
- If the city would repave the Elbow River Pathway it could very well be called the most gorgeous bike path in Calgary, however the trail that leads into Stanley Park is outdated and a little bumpy. That isn’t to say that a little bumpiness can’t be fun, but possibly taking a toddler in a child carrier behind your bike could get old fast. Nonetheless, riding beside forest and river for miles on end is an easy way to spend a few hours in this part of the city. Stanley Park is also well equipped with fire pits, picnic tables, and a lovely community pool.
Last but not least, for those in the Southeast:
- If you or someone in your family bike gang can easily read maps, and if you don’t mind getting lost and maybe having to cross a steam at some point, then Fish Creek Park is the place for you. Along with standard paved bike paths, the park also provides opportunities for higher adrenaline rides with mountain biking paths interwoven throughout the area. You might even be able to spot some various Canadian wildlife along the way.
Essential Biking Resources
- The Good Life Community Bike Shop– Located in Mission. Go here for a tune up, any sort of bike repair or to get your biking mysteries solved. Community run by donation only, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they will teach you how to fix your own bike.
- Bike YYC App and Google Maps – When in doubt, refer to either one of these handy sites for biking directions and navigating (unless you are trapped in the maze of Fish Creek park, in which case you will need to call a city helicopter).
Summer doesn’t last forever in Calgary and there is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than cruising near a river or under a canopy of trees. In fact, you and everyone in the family can enjoy a good bike ride on any of the beautiful bike paths our city has to offer. Strap on your helmet, grab a few water bottles and snacks, and head out exploring!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, CHN™ and have a transcript in Iridology from the Canadian Institute of Iridology. I achieved my diploma with honors in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta. My vast knowledge of supplementation has been acquired from working in naturopathic clinics, health food stores and ongoing education through webinars, books and podcasts. It is important to me to have up to date information on the newest nutritional research and popular diets. I have also completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Brazil in 2013 with Define Yoga.