- Parking: Parking Lot on Site
- Washrooms: They're there, but I couldn't find them!
- Paved and Dirt Paths
|The open lawns and old poplars in the north end of the park.|
|The work of a beaver.|
Unfortunately, this beautiful space is located between three busy bridges, so there's a lot of traffic noise. But all that changed when the formal park came to an end at Memorial Bridge. At that point, I had to turn either left to follow the paved Bow Valley Pathway, or branch right onto a dirt trail. I went right of course - dirt is always more fun than asphalt! It was a great choice. After just a few minutes of walking, the traffic noise was replaced by bird song and the sound of the river. And then another sound - I came across a lady sitting beside the path, playing her flute for her two lap dogs. What a charming surprise!
|A gentle pebble beach belies the rapid current of the Bow River.|
In this short walk, I had the chance to experience both a structured urban park and the chaotic abundance of the native river bank. While I very much appreciate the spaces set aside and groomed by the city, I realised that I much prefer the wildness of the natural landscape. Just as long as there is a well marked path and a cup of coffee close by - everything in moderation of course. I am an "urban walker" after all!