5Nature Parks Near Downtown Calgary

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Calgary has several great parks for such a big city. Citizens and visitors love its great Rocky Mountain views and plenty of green space.

These parks are perfect for people who enjoy the amenities and pace of city life but also enjoy time spent in nature.

Guests staying at the Regency Suites Hotel in downtown Calgary should check out one or more of these parks located around the city:

1. Nose Hill Park

Nose Hill Park is a short, 16-minute car ride from the Regency Suites Hotel. It is an environmental park open from 5 am to 11 pm. This park spans 11 square kilometers in Northwest Calgary and features several hiking trails and off-leash spots for dogs to run free.

2. Fish Creek Provincial Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park is a roughly 22-minute car ride from the Regency Suites Hotel. This park is in the Southern part of Calgary where there are walking, hiking, and biking trails, swimming, and bird watching. Other events are also hosted at the park and it contains a restaurant, bakery, and artisan garden within its limits.

3. Bowness Park

Bowness Park is a 19-minute drive from the Regency Suites Hotel. This beautiful park is also open from 5 am to 11 pm and had access to Bow River. This park has paths, a Tea House, boat house/skate shop, washrooms, picnic areas, fire pits and barbecue stands, and more. Head over the Bowness Park in the winter for ice skating and cross country skiing.

4. Edworthy Park

Edworthy Park is a 15-minute drive from the Regency Suites Hotel. This park is in the Southwestern end of Calgary and is the popular site of the Lawrey Gardens and the Douglas Fir Trail. This park is open from 5 am to 11 pm and features a playground, picnic spots, pathways, a gazebo, washrooms, off-leash areas, barbecue stands, fire pits, and more.

5. Prince’s Island Park

Prince’s Island Park is a 12-minute drive from the Regency Suites Hotel. The gorgeous park in downtown Calgary hosts large celebrations in Calgary throughout the year, like Canada Day and even has a full-service restaurant within its borders. The 20-hectare park is open from 5 am to 11 pm and features picnic areas, a playground, paths and hiking trails, washrooms, flower gardens, and an on-leash park. Prince’s Island Park is also a great spot for seasonal activities like cross-country skiing and ice skating.


Calgary is a city full of beautiful parks. The ones featured in this list just give you a taste of what the area must offer in terms of stunning scenery and outdoor activities. Many of these parks can even be booked for weddings, concerts, events, and other small functions. If you’re staying on one of the Regency Suites Hotel’s pet-friendly rooms, many of these parks offer on and off-leash areas where pets and their owners can get some exercise.

Need more inspiration? Check out our other list featuring more popular things to do while staying in downtown Calgary.

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