Nora Tuckey's Grove is a quiet, peaceful alcove honoring a special woman who left a lasting impression in Calgary, Alberta.
Nora Tuckey left us too soon. A perpetual and memorable section of Sue Higgins Park in Calgary's south-east quadrant, bracketed between Deerfoot Trail and the Bow River at the east end of Southland Drive, pays lasting homage to her presence.
The park is open to everyone but particularly of interest to dog owners who can exercise their companions in large, fenced enclosures while unfettered pathway remains open to those who prefer walk alone or with friends along the Bow River.
Best positioned parking is achieved by entering the parking area at the east terminus of Southland Drive and parking in the large parking area as far west as possible where the 2009 BP Birthplace Tree Forest is clearly signed.
Bronze statues of Deux Chiens Assis (Two Dogs Seated) reside in the visible distance on a raised knoll adjacent to the BP Birthplace Forest.
Deux Chiens Assis, created by Sculptor Henri Alfred Marie Jaquemart in the late 1800s, were donated by the Devonian Foundation in 1978 to the City of Calgary Public Art Collection and subsequently displayed at Devonian Gardens prior to current presence near Nora Tuckey’s Grove adjacent to BP Forest.
French artist Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart was born in Paris in 1824. and passed away in 1896. Henri studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1847 to 1879. Several of his works can be found in many museums world-wide including the Musee D’Orsay in Paris, France.
The view from the attending bench faces east towards the Bow River. Directly behind the bench and slightly to the south-west is a plaque with a brief summary of Nora's personal story and the contribution she made to this park.
The placard guards an enclosed area of mature trees and half a dozen picnic tables. This is an excellent place to enjoy a picnic.
The 2009 BP BirthPlace Forest is situated behind the grass-covered mound hosting Deux Chiens Assis. The dense forest hosts a broad range of tree types with three distinct trails covering the short north-south distance.
Noise from Deerfoot Trail is a constant and disturbing din which, in the future, could be substantially reduced with tall barriers, commonly used in the city for traffic noise reduction in communities, extending past the entire west boundary of Sue Higgins Park.
The three short trails through the 2009 BP BirthPlace Forest are different surfaces best described as 1. good crushed stone, 2. good dirt and 3. pleasant rustic.
Each is a worthwhile short stroll which can be repeated in loops for additional distance and time or used as a prerequisite for further worthwhile adventure throughout Sue Higgins Park and beyond.
This park hosts a diverse variety of spectacular forest, land and water features combined with bridges and links to other parks and the incredible Calgary Pathway System.
Nora Tuckey's Grove, in Sue Higgins Park in SE Calgary and adjacent to the Bow River, provides an exceptionally peaceful experience in the fresh air on Monday, June 10, 2019.