Fish Creek Park is the largest urban park in Canada and one of the largest urban parks in North America, stretching 19 km (12 mi) from east to west. At 13.48 km2 (5.20 sq mi), it is over three times the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
Fish Creek flows along the length of the park and joins the Bow River at the east side of the park. Fish Creek park used to span the width of the city but Calgary has grown beyond the edges of the park.
A variety of paved and unpaved walking, hiking and bicycle trails connect the park to the city’s extensive trail system allowing visitors to access on-site day-camping facilities, stables, and an artificial lake, which allows swimming. The park features 80 kilometres (50 mi) of trails, of which 30 kilometres (19 mi) are paved, and is home to a large variety of natural wildlife, including deer, coyotes, owls, and beavers. Over 200 bird species have been seen in the park include great blue herons.
The park features several picnicking and forest areas. The most widely used section of the park is the beach at Sikome Lake where thousands of Calgarians swim every summer weekend. The lake is man-made and is drained during the winter months. At the east end of the park there is a Visitor Center, an Artisan Garden, Bow Valley Ranche restaurant, which offers fine dining year-round for corporate and private functions, Annie’s Bakery and Cafe that offers coffee, soups, sandwiches and pastries during the summer and the office of Friends of Fish Creek, a volunteer society that does trail maintenance and sponsors events in the park. Across the park from this site there are several shallow caves carved by springs in the valley wall.
There is no admission fee to enter the different areas of the park.
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