- Parking: Street Parking (metered 9:00-5:00 Monday - Saturday)
- Washrooms: None
- Paved Paths and Sidewalks
|The grounds of the Lougheed House are aptly named|
Beaulieu Gardens, which means "Beautiful Place".
|East facade of the Lougheed House.|
I started at the south edge of downtown at the grounds of the Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW), a beautiful sandstone mansion built in 1891, and now designated as a national and provincial historic site. The 2.8 acre grounds are enclosed by an ornate white balustrade and contain a series of themed gardens throughout its tiered lawns. The building itself is open for tours by costumed interpreters, and houses a restaurant in the back.
|Water cascades over brutalist structures . . .|
|. . . and flows into the central pond of Century Park.|
These downtown oases offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown life. But space is at a premium in the core, so each one is jam-packed with it's own unique features.
In fact, these tiny parks have so much to offer, I couldn't fit them all into one post. So stay tuned for one more park, and some of the interesting quirks I discovered while walking between them.