Calgary is home to many beautiful parks, but none are quite as impressive as Fish Creek Provincial Park. This natural oasis is the second-largest urban park in Canada, covering over 13 square kilometers. Best of all, it sits right on the doorstep of Cranston.

With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. That's why we've put together this guide to help you make the most of your visit to Fish Creek Park.

Getting there

Fish Creek Park is located in the southern part of Calgary. There are a few options for getting there:

  • By car: Fish Creek is easily accessible by car. The main parking lot is located off of Bow Bottom Trail SE, and there are smaller lots located at various access points throughout the park.
  • By transit: Hop on the CTrain to Anderson Station, then catch the No. 56 bus. After a short ride, hop off and walk to the park. (That should take about 15 minutes). Bus route 304 also stops nearby, and there are lots of other options available on the Calgary Transit website.
  • On foot or by bike: Calgary’s extensive pathway system will take you to—and through—the park.

Things to do

No matter how you get to Fish Creek Park, you’ll find endless activities to enjoy in this beautiful natural space.

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Hiking and biking

Over 100 kilometres of trails weave through the park, making it a perfect spot for hiking and biking. If you don’t have your own bike, there are also several nearby shops where you can rent one.

The trails range from easy to difficult, so there's something for everyone. Here are a couple to check out:

  • Shannon Terrace to Votier Flats: this 9.7-km out-and-back trail offers a mix of paved paths and side trails along the river.
  • Bebo Grove Loop: Bebo Grove is popular with birders. The 4.3 km trail takes a little over an hour to hike, depending on how much birdwatching you do.
  • Bow Valley Ranch Loop: this 1.8-km loop trail takes about 25 minutes to complete and is perfect for beginners or those looking for a quick walk in nature.


There are several picnic areas throughout the park, complete with tables, fire pits, and washrooms. Bring your own food or grab a bite to eat at Annie's Cafe or the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant located beside each other in the park.

To view the full list of day use areas and facilities in the park, click here.

Wildlife watching

Fish Creek Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, and over 200 species of birds. Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful creatures. The park also has several interpretive signs that provide information about the wildlife and plants in the area.

To learn more about the wildlife in Fish Creek Park, click here.

Winter activities

During the colder months, the park transforms into a winter wonderland. Locals and visitors alike hit the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. The hiking is still great and fire pits keep the cold at bay, making Fish Creek an easy outdoor winter escape.

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Tips for visiting

  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The park is open year-round, so be prepared for all types of weather.
  • Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water. The park can get hot in the summer, and there are mosquitoes and other bugs in the area.
  • Respect wildlife and stay on designated trails. The park is home to many different animals, so it's important to stay on the trails and not disturb their natural habitat.
  • Leave no trace—pack out what you pack in. Dispose of garbage and recyclables in the appropriate bins.
  • It's a good idea to check the park’s website before you head out. View the latest information here.

Fish Creek Park is a must-visit destination for both residents and visitors to Calgary. With its breathtaking scenery and endless activities, it's easy to spend an entire day (or more) exploring this natural wonder.