This ride is part of a series of rides around Calgary. All rides are mostly off-street/pathway and are of varying lengths/difficulty level to accomodate all of you that love adventures.
The longer routes do require some level of route finding/navigating as Calgary does not yet have very good route finding system. We've attached links to Map My Ride routes to make it really easy to use your smartphone.
(We are not recommending Map My Ride's app but we've successfully used it all ove rthe world to find and follow routes. It's free but does require a data plan).
Other rides in the series -
* Nosehill Up-And-Over
* Fish Creek Loop
* Pathway 100km
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ride Time: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2hrs
MapMyRide Route Link: http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/1177122353
This is our go-to ride for anyone looking for a great introduction to cycling in Calgary. This loop is easy to navigate, entirely on river paths, has plenty of views, rest spots, food options, and access to other neighbourhoods in the city.
If you only have time for one adventure while visiting, this is your ride.
|The Peace Bridge, or as Ms. BikeBike likes to call it, the `Kisses and Hugs Bridge`due to its interlocking x`s and o`s.|
Just west of the bridge is Prince's Island/Eau Claire district which is a worthy detour or rest spot.
|The Simmons Building, now home to 3 of the tastiest food purveyors in the city: Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Charcut, and Phil&Sebastien Coffee. Great spot for a coffee, pastry, or something bigger.|
|What we like to call "The Dark Crystal" - sculpture/viewpoint over the Bow River Weir.|
This is also a favorite meetup spot for rides and folks in town who enjoy #coffeeoutside.
From this point, you'll continue east through Pearce Estates - but be sure to go up and over the first roadway you encounter, make a hard left, and start heading west along the north side of the river.
Keep an eye on the map/link we provided and make sure you keep heading west past the Calgary Zoo, St. Patricks Island - again, heading west along the northside of the Bow River towards Edworthy Park.
|An atypical storm outflow transformed into a beautiful sculpture on the pathway near Edworthy Park.|
The long section of pathway along the northside of the river from the zoo to Edworthy Park parallels Memorial Drive, passing the neighbourshoods of Sunnyside and Kensington (among others), westward. History buffs may enjoy a stop at Poppy Plaza along the way towards our eventual turnaround point, Angle's snack shack and Edworthy Park.
|Affectionately known by local cyclists as "the snack shack, it morphed over the years into Angel's which has snacks as well as lunch items and features live music on some summer evenings.|
|Edworthy Park is the western most point of this ride. Lots of history to be found here as well as parks, playgrounds, picnic spots, river access, and hiking trails.|
|A secret hiking gem that many in Calgary have no idea exists.|