With all it’s freezing days, salty streets and shady C-train rides, Calgary is still a very beautiful city.
In fact, according to a money.co.uk report published in November 2021, Calgary is ranked one of the most attractive cities in Canada, coming in ahead of metropolitan hubs Vancouver and Toronto.
Spring is arriving quickly, and as the ice melts from the paths and the snow runs back into the river, some more time spent outdoors is just what the doctor ordered. And what better way to get back outside and appreciate our city’s natural beauty than with a little extra high? Here are six scenic spots to smoke in Calgary.
Located off Salisbury St. SE, Scotsman’s Hill is a historic lookout point with a grand view of the city skyline. While it is typically a beautiful spot for a quiet evening with a view, it is also a popular location for event photos – something to keep in mind as we head into graduation season.
Just south of Calgary’s downtown, bordered by 17th Ave, the Beltline is a bustling neighbourhood filled with people, pubs and art. Home to the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP), it is a great place to spend the day wandering the sidewalks snacking and taking in the art.
The Peace Bridge
Calgary’s aesthetic (and somewhat controversial) multi-million dollar Peace Bridge connects the southern Bow River Pathway and Downtown Calgary with the northern Bow River pathway and the community of Sunnyside. Near to several walking paths and outdoor lounge areas, it is a great place to sit and people-watch as the sun sets over the city.
Located at 66 Ave and 37 St. SW, The Weaselhead is 237 scenic hectares of hiking trails and paved pathways surrounding the Glenmore Reservoir. Filled with hikers, bikers, plants and wildlife, the Weaselhead is particularly splendid for a stroll during the fall months.
Fish Creek Park
Fish Creek is Calgary’s largest urban park, stretching roughly 12 miles from the T’suu Tina Reserve at 37th Street to the Bow River’s banks in the east. With entrances all across the city, Fish Creek is one of Calgary’s most popular locations for hikes, bikes, dog walks, picnics and even the occasional river dip.
Stanley Park Lookout
A walk up the hill from 4011 1a St. SW, Stanley park Lookout has a beautiful view of the riverfront park, which also has a number of walking trails and picnic spots to enjoy a spring evening at.
Disclaimer so we don’t get in trouble and neither do you: Remember to mindful of local cannabis laws and perhaps opt for an edible where public consumption is prohibited.