Nose Hill Park is one of the hidden treasures in Calgary. It's only about 15 minutes away from downtown and within the city limits. It is one of the only places in Calgary that you can visit to get away from it all without having to leave the city.
When you're ready to leave the hustle and bustle of city life for a while you can enjoy approximately 1,200 acres of pristine wilderness here overlooking Calgary with amazing views. Be sure to bring your camera since once you're on top of the hill you'll want to get some great shots. Discover the best view of downtown at the top or turn your head to the east to see the airport. You'll literally be able to see the planes taking off and landing!
This is the perfect place for everyone and their dog. It's an off leash park that's so big that you could virtually walk through it for days without re-walking your trail. You'll need to keep a good eye on your canine friend, however, since there is a lot of hidden wildlife in the area. Coyotes and porcupines are known to live in the woods here and they are the last thing your dog will want to encounter!
A lot of Calgarians head to Nose Hill Park for the challenge of walking, climbing or even jogging up the hill. You can also bike around the park if hiking isn't your thing.
It takes about 3 to 4 hours to walk the perimeter of the park so set aside a whole afternoon to get it done if this is your goal. If you haven't yet made it to the top of the hill though, make sure that you plan some time to experience it. Once you reach the plateau you'll feel like you're right on top of Calgary looking down from a bird’s eye view.
It's amazing to see how many Calgarians have yet to discover the wonders of Nose Hill Park. It's a must-see for anyone that lives here as well as being a popular tourist attraction. It's a great place to walk around and experience nature at its finest without having to travel miles outside of the city to enjoy nature in the raw.