5 Ways to Get Outside this Summer

In a year filled with challenges, many of us have experienced the happiness and solace that parks can bring. Calgarians are utilizing our green spaces and pathways now more than ever allowing our families, friends and everyone in between to get outside and enjoy some time together.

Here at Parks Foundation, we remain committed to the potential and the importance that parks and outdoor spaces hold in our city, and we want to invite you to continue enjoying our beloved park spaces this summer. While going for a walk outside has become the new “norm” for many of us there are a number of other incredible activities and fun things to do in parks. Check out the list below for some great ideas to get you started!

Outdoor Yoga in the Park! A great way to relax, get your stretch on and enjoy some gorgeous views!

Here is a link to register for classes on Sunday’s in Stanley Park or in Mahogany SE: Outdoor Yoga in the Park

Try your hand at Disc Golf! The David Richardson Memorial Disc Golf Park features 27-acres of land in a gorgeous natural wetland setting! There are amateur and professional tees at each of the 18 holes so people of all skill levels can play!

Find more information and a map to the course located in Royal Oak NW here: Disc Golf

Explore Reader Rock Garden! Reader Rock is a historical site that offers one of Calgary’s most unique cultural landscapes. The site is filled with blossoming flowers and the restored Reader House, now home to Reader’s Garden Café. This place is definitely picturesque!

Read more about the garden here: Reader Rock Garden

Find a food truck and enjoy a picnic outside! YYC Food Trucks offers COVID friendly drive thrus so you can support a local business and enjoy a picnic in a park! So grab some great food and find the perfect spot to enjoy it outside.

YYC Food Trucks posts the locations of different options here: yycfoodtrucks.com

Bike the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway! Did you know this 138km pathway encircles the ENTIRE city? That means you’re bound to find a section of the pathway near you. Whether you take a short ride in your neighbourhood or challenge yourself to complete the loop, this is a great option to get outside and get biking.

Find more information and a full map for the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway here: Greenway


There are endless possibilities of fun things to do right here in our own city. I hope this list inspires you to try something new and reinforces the value our park spaces offer to Calgarians. Be sure to tag @ParksFdnCalgary on social media when you’re out in parks this summer.

Stay safe and healthy, and please continue to follow the public health guidelines of the Government of Alberta when using these spaces.

Happy park adventures,

Your friends at Parks Foundation