North Glenmore Park - Calgary - Hiking Alberta

 

Glenmore Park surrounds the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

North Glenmore Park, 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.

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada The Elbow River enters the Glenmore Reservoir as viewed from the west end of  North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada The view to the Weaselhead from the west end of North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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.

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Multiple channels of the Elbow River enter the west end of Glenmore Reservoir at North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada The Blue Heron Picnic Area at North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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.

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Heritage Park from North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Heritage Park from North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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.

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada The Glenmore Canoe and Rowing Club at North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Heritage Park from North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Rocky view General Hospital across the bay from North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Reflections in North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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.

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Fescue and shrubbery on the bluffs at North Glenmore Park above Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

The Rocky Mountains to the west of North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Approaching the wetlands in the Weaselhead at North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Weaselhead wetlands at the west end of  North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

 

North Glenmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Spectacular views over the bluffs at 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.

 

 

 

 

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I'm really appreciating your 'tours' of places close by, and within Calgary. It's great that we go off to our adventures in the larger theatre of the mountains, but we can miss what's under our noses. Seems like your recovery process has brought you to this. . .and we are all benefitting as well. I lived in Calgary through the 80's until '96, and I do miss living there. I spent a lot of time in the mountains and when not out amongst the peaks, some very special times in wild places locally, especially around Glenmore. Your excursions locally bring up some very fond memories of time well spent in some of those places, so thanks, and I hope you continue to heal and gather strength. . .the mountains are waiting. . .

Thank you for your comment, Ralph. You are correct. The recovery effort dictates prudence as conditions slowly but surely return to normal. Packing on a few pounds gained over an inactive winter is also a factor. It is fortunate Calgarians have so many options for inner-city recreation. But, I am looking forward to getting back to the mountains as we enjoy this pleasantly merciful winter.

Just discovered your site a few weeks ago! Already tracking your hikes and looking forward to more of your hikes and ideas as we quickly head into the spring and summer hiking (especially to discover more lesser known hikes outside of the city)! Great site, pictures, hikes and posts! Thanks so much!

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