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The best lakes and beaches in Calgary by area


Summer comes almost as quick as it leaves but while it’s here you want to be able to make the absolute most of it. Well it’s that time of year when you want to start thinking of ways to do just that. I’ve decided that my next article ought to focus on the best lakes and beaches in Calgary, because after all, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Calgary.


South Calgary Lakes




South Calgary plays host to some of the city’s most beautiful man-made lakes and beach destinations. Whether you happen to live in one of south Calgary’s neighbourhoods or are just taking your family out for the day, you won’t be disappointed.


Some of my favourite beach destinations that I recommend checking out in the warmer months are: Auburn Bay, Calgary’s largest man-made lake, McKenzie Lake, and both the Chapparal and Sundance neighbourhoods feature large bodies of fresh water that give residents the ability to take a dip when its warmer out. And even when it’s colder out, if you’ve got some skates, you can still guarantee that you’re going to have a good time. Other notable mentions are Lake Bonavista and Glenmore landing in southwest Calgary; however, I should note that access Lake Bonavista is exclusive to residents who live in that immediate community.



 Central Calgary Waterfront




Central Calgary doesn’t feature as many lakes as south Calgary but it does still have parks and the majestic Bow River winding its way through the city. It isn’t uncommon to see people sunning themselves at the Bow River Park, Prince’s Island Park, Pearce Estate Park, or Inglewood Wildlands Park.


There’s no shortage of parks and waterfront locations in Central Calgary for those who live close to the inner city and don’t want to travel too far to reach their relaxation destination.



 North Calgary parks worth visiting




Other notable mentions are the Bowmont Park Natural Area in Silver Springs, NW Calgary. This park is full of winding trails that take you directly down to the river and make for an excellent afternoon of hiking. Nose Hill Park is another great place to escape to for an afternoon and definitely deserves to be mentioned as a fun thing to do in Calgary.


If you have any questions about these destinations or are looking to move to an area that gives you easy access to these exciting attractions, give me a call!   


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