Calgary is a bustling city center of culture and business. Beautiful as it is, though, the noise and skyscrapers all around can become claustrophobic. Your furry friend feels closed in, too. They need a place to go where they can run, play, roll in the grass, and breathe in that fresh outdoor air.
Calgary offers lots of different parks, some of them with off leash areas, that are perfect for both you and your fur child to blow off some steam and put some pep back in your dog’s step. Below we listed 9 of the best dog parks in Calgary for you and your dog (or dogs!) to try.
1. Roxboro and Erlton off-leash dog park
Roxboro and Erlton is an off-leash dog park with plenty of space for your dog to romp around and make new friends. Here you’ll find plenty of benches, large trees, a nearby river where your dog can explore by the banks, and a hiking trail that with a stunning overlook of the downtown Calgary city skyline. Without the view, you might forget you’re in the city at all!
2. Bowmont Park fenced-in off-leash area
Bowmont Park’s fenced-in off-leash area features wide open fields that your dog will love running around in. You can also take your dog through the other parts of the park (on a leash, of course), where you’ll find a bridge that crosses the Bow River, beautiful trees, and always the sparkling blue Alberta sky above you.
3. Tom Campbell’s off-leash area
Tom Campbell’s Hill Park features a large fenced-in area so your dog can play without a care (and you won’t have to be afraid of losing them). There’s lots to like about this park for humans as well. You can take a seat on one of the benches that looks out onto downtown Calgary, walk the trails, and just bask in the space of this outdoor oasis.
4. Sue Higgins Park
Sue Higgins Park is a beautiful park right by the Bow River. Your dog will not get bored exploring its riverbanks, its open fields of the off leash area, and its walking paths where they can investigate the interesting smells of the trees and local wildlife in the park’s natural reserve. You and your dog will find yourselves coming back here again and again to escape back to nature.
5. Auburn Bay Dog Park
Auburn Bay Dog Park is the perfect place to take your furry friend to socialize and burn off some of their boundless energy. The park’s grassy fields, trees, and bushes will keep them occupied for hours. Lots of people come to Auburn Bay, so expect your dog to spend most of their time playing with other dogs.
6. Nose Hill Park
Nose Hill Park is a place where you and your dog can rediscover nature. Your dog can run free here under the wide-open sky. Together, you can take in the breathtaking view of nearby mountains, or stumble upon an old archaeological dig site. As you follow the walking trails, you might spot some of the locals. By “locals,” we mean wildlife, including deer, coyote, squirrels, gophers, skunks, and porcupines. You and your dog will love the natural peace and quiet that you find in Nose Hill Park.
7. River Park
River Park is a spacious off leash park where your dog can run to their heart’s content. There are no fences here, but your dog will find plenty to keep its attention. They’ll happily spend their time playing with other dogs and exploring nearby trees and bushes. Meanwhile, you’ll love taking in this park’s sweeping views of Calgary and the Elbow River Valley.
8. Elbow Park
Elbow Park in southwest Calgary is the perfect dog park to take your entire family. There is a playground near the off-leash area, so you can keep an eye on both your human children and your fur babies while they play. There are lots of trees, bushes, and grass so you might feel like you’re not in the city at all - that is, until you catch the fantastic view of downtown Calgary from a park bench or a hilltop. You, your dogs, and your kids alike will all love this park and its space to run and socialize.
9. Connaught off-leash park
Connaught is a sweet little off leash park nestled in the city. It's fenced-in, so you can let your dogs run and play without fear of them racing out into traffic. There are benches to sit on, and plenty of trash cans conveniently placed around the park so you can easily dispose of your dog's doo-doo. It's a great place to go if you want to stay close to downtown Calgary and not travel outside the city for your dog to have fun.
If you live in Calgary and are looking for a place to let your dog get some exercise and have fun, be sure to check out one (or all) of these barking good dog parks!