Flora, fauna and family fun abound in Canada’s second-largest urban park
Few realize that the title of second-largest urban park in Canada belongs to Fish Creek Provincial Park. Then again, it’s not just the size that attracts two million visitors a year to this sprawling natural area in south Calgary.
In addition to Sikome Aquatic Facility for swimming, the park is home to a mountain bike skills park and many sites for hiking, biking and bird watching. A number of day-use areas offer prime picnic spots, while those who seek more formal dining can enjoy the on-site Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant.
There’s a visitor centre with theatre and exhibit areas, as well as the Environmental Learning Centre, a nature school that hosts students in science education from Calgary and area schools. The learning centre in particular reflects the values embraced by the park and its users.