Calgary River Pathways
200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB
Calgary runners and cyclists are blessed with over 800 km (500 mi) of pathways available for recreational use in the city limits alone. The City clears snow from 300 km of pathways during the winter, so runners, walkers and cyclists are able to take advantage of the system year-round! Distances to and from major points are marked by signage on the path, and routes and closures are noted on the Pathways website. During late spring and early fall, some routes under bridges may be closed (with detours marked) where the water level of the Bow and Elbow rivers is high.
For anyone staying downtown, the easiest place to access the pathway is from Eau Claire market, as there is both on-street parking and underground parking. Parking fees apply; however, they are $2 after 6 pm and on weekends.
The City of Calgary has an interactive map of the pathway system, as well as an app which highlights any detours or closures of the pathways, as some of the pathways were damaged as a result of the 2013 floods and aren’t expected to be fully repaired until 2015.