Glenmore Park surrounds the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Among the multitude of Calgary's inner city walking and hiking opportunities, the Glenmore Reservoir is one of several focal points which attract people to the location. Access is easy and both urban and wilderness environments within the park attract a broad variety of participants with different interests and objectives. The large, protected area at Glenmore Park has been developed over decades into a bonanza of recreational opportunity.
Paved pathways, sometimes segregated for foot or cycle and roller blading traffic, skirt the top of North Glenmore Park in south-west Calgary. There are many picnic spots and some with barbecue stands and fire-pits can be reserved at City of Calgary 311. Sites are individually identified in North Glenmore Park using the names of birds.
Large, flat areas of manicured grass are punctuated with stands of evergreen and deciduous trees. Dirt trails drop over the bluffs surrounding the reservoir to wilderness trail on the periphery of the water source. In colder winters the frozen water can also be a source of recreation.
As the eastbound paved path at North Glenmore Park approaches the Glenmore Canoe and Rowing Club, there are views across the bay of Heritage Park Historical Village and Rockyview General Hospital.
Pathway continues south and east along the bay with short sections past Lakeview and through North Glenmore Park urban development to the crossing over Glenmore Trail. A more efficient and scenic link above the Glenmore Reservoir is scheduled for construction in 2017 along the edge of the Earl Grey Golf Club.
Looping back at the Glenmore Canoe and Rowing Club near the end of North Glenmore Park provides a final view of Heritage Park across the bay. Standing water on the manicured lawns host reflective images of stark winter trees against moody skies.
The return hike provides outstanding winter vistas to the Weaselhead past the bluffs and the dense fescue growth they host. Although winter landscapes are stark under overcast skies the colors of dense shrubbery on the flat wetlands offer a visually appealing mosaic. Some sixty kilometers (37½ miles) west of the Weaselhead, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains loom above the horizon.
The Rocky Mountains to the west of North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The day is cool and casual but it never ceases to amaze how a bit of exercise and fresh air in a beautiful place can energize the soul and charge the spirit. The tough part is getting started.
North Glenmore Park is easily accessible and substantially less crowded in the winter. Amenities include a broad expanse of lawn, playgrounds, tennis courts and a wide variety of excellent picnic sites. There are spectacular views around and over the Glenmore Reservoir and inviting views of distant mountains. Parking is convenient and plentiful at several locations. Public transit is a convenient alternative.
Photographs for the North Glenmore Park post were taken on February 23, 2015.