Calgary Parklands: Bow River Pathway, City Centre


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October 30th 2020
Published: December 8th 2020
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Near Pumphouse Theatre
After gathering at the Pumphouse Theatreparking lot, we fifteen walkers were immersed in the crackling, fluttering brown leaves of late fall - both the ones that had fallen onto the grass and those futilely clinging to the trees. Under a full sun, the river reflected vigorous blue, presenting a classic panorama of sky and water. The dappled light over the pathway let us forget the snowy cold of the past two weeks.

Our leader, Nancy, surprised us by moving away from the pathway, leading across 14 Street to watch kids swooping up and around in the skateboard park. Innumerable times I have driven past the skatepark, but at 60 kmh, only tiny glimpses were possible. On foot, we had fun admiring the twists and tricks executed by people with bodies so much younger than ours. Lifting our eyes, we saw the glorious Mewata Armory in full view, without the traffic obscuring the street side. All around, tall high-rises punched towards the high white puffy clouds.

Reaching Prince’s Island, we marvelled at a swan stirring up underwater mud to reach munchy tidbits, accompanied by a muskrat and several coots which took advantage of the buffet. Later as we strolled along the wide path beside
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Weir to calm the waters
the Bow River, Linda saw a small beaver posing professionally on a rock. We threaded through dog-walkers and families enjoying this natural treed oasis in the centre of the city. At the eastern-most bridge, we turned back towards our starting-point, filled with the scents of wet leaves, crisp fresh air, and gentle satisfaction.


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Mountain Ash Mountain Ash
Mountain Ash

Near Bow River
Persistent leaves Persistent leaves
Persistent leaves

Abstract design of nature
Bow River Pathway Bow River Pathway
Bow River Pathway

Natural invading the land of high rises
Shaw Millennium Park Shaw Millennium Park
Shaw Millennium Park

Fun amongst the roads
Contemplating a jumpContemplating a jump
Contemplating a jump

Shaw Millennium Park
Concentration!Concentration!
Concentration!

Shaw Millennium Park
Humps and BumpsHumps and Bumps
Humps and Bumps

Shaw Millennium Park
Mewata Armoury 1918Mewata Armoury 1918
Mewata Armoury 1918

Splendid old building against the modern skyline
Contemporary Calgary Art GalleryContemporary Calgary Art Gallery
Contemporary Calgary Art Gallery

Repurposed Centennial Planetarium 1967
Peace Bridge 2012Peace Bridge 2012
Peace Bridge 2012

From controversy to icon
Swans Swans
Swans

Perhaps year-round residents now
Prince's Island Park Prince's Island Park
Prince's Island Park

Tranquility steps away from commerce


8th December 2020

Thanks for the tip
I'll add the Millennium Park to my list of must-do's in Calgary - as a photographer, not a participant. Watching teenage grandchildren, I find it interesting how differently they're "wired": Some are happy readers while others get on their mountain bikes and go out of their way to find slopes to hurtle down.
13th December 2020

So many parks
You have a lot of parks to visit whenever you can come next. All good!

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