Calgary’s location in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains offers a unique opportunity for some great scenic lookouts. Whether it’s rolling farmlands to the east or majestic mountains to the west, Calgary has the scenic lookout you are craving. Not to mention, there are some pretty spectacular city views right in the middle. Explore 17 of our favourite Calgary lookouts. So, hop in the car, grab a Timmies and check out our must-visit list of scenic lookouts in Calgary.
1. Bowmont Park
Address: 85 St NW, Calgary
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2. Dale Hodges Park
Dale Hodges Park is the starting point for many walking paths along the Bow River escarpment. This former gravel pit has been transformed into a scenic area offering great views of the Bow River. Paved paths and boardwalks meander through the park, which connects to nearby Bowmont Park.
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Proud to have Dale Hodges Park nominated for another award! Quote from @sans_facon below: “We are thrilled to announce Dale Hodges Park was shortlisted for an Emerald Award. As a Watershed+ initiative, Dale Hodges Park is the culmination of integrating artistic practices with diverse disciplines and objectives to create a place that encourages sustainability and stewardship of the environment. The result is a 40 hectare public artwork, stormwater treatment facility, and park unique to Calgary. Dale Hodges Park is located along the Bow River; the land reclaimed from an abandoned gravel pit and presented an opportunity to bridge two design intents – one informed by ecological restoration of the landscape, the other with water resource engineering. As lead artists for Watershed+, Sans façon led the conceptual development of the project and fostered a collaborative design approach between City departments (Water, Parks, Public Art) and consultants (O2 Panning+Design, Source2Source, and AECOM). Stormwater was viewed as an opportunity and rather than hiding the treatment process, the journey was made apparent. It defines the parks character and creates a variety of riparian habitats that remove sediment before the water enters the Bow River. This park expands the possibilities of connection and appreciation of the complexities of watershed management. Development of the project started in 2012 with works commencing on site in late 2015 by Wilco Contractors Southwest. The park officially opened to the public in June 2019. For 29 years, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements across all sectors in Alberta. It is an honour for this project to be nominated and we would like to thank the Alberta Emerald Foundation for this opportunity. We look forward to the 29th Annual Emerald Awards ceremony on June 2!” @cityofcalgary
Address: 2123 52 Street N.W.
3. Nose Hill Park
As the fourth-largest urban park in Canada, it’s hard to miss Nose Hill. This enormous greenspace encompasses more than 11 square kilometres smack in the middle of Calgary. There are many scenic lookouts throughout the park. Find your favourite and settle in for a great view of the city’s skyline and the Rocky Mountains.
Address: 5620 14 St. N.W., with other access points along Shaganappi and John Laurie Blvd.
4. Tom Campbell Hill
Tom Campbell Hill is a pretty lookout near the Calgary Zoo. Located at the end of St George’s Drive, this off-leash dog park has great views of the Bow River andthe city skyline.An exhibit at the far end offers a great place to sit and enjoy the view.
Address: 25 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary
5. Stanley Park Lookout
This viewpoint high above Stanley Park offers a pretty view of the riverfront park below. Park in the parking lot and walk up towards the end of 38 Avenue SW for a great view of the city, forest and river below. This popular park has numerous picnic spots and walking trails for a complete day of fun.
Address: up the hill from 4011 1a St SW, Calgary
6. Crescent Heights Lookout Point
Crescent Heights is one of the most popular places for locals to stop and enjoy the view. Located along a residential street, this area offers great views of the Bow River and city skyline. Trails and stairs along the paths are also popular for fitness.
Address: 1101 2 St NW, Calgary
7. Calgary Tower
The Calgary Tower is possibly Calgary’s most iconic structure, with its famous needle-top tower poking through the skyline. This lookout offers exceptional views of the city and surrounding mountains. Ride the elevator to the top or climb the 802 steps yourself for a heart-pumping experience.
Cost: General (13 to 64) $18.00, Senior (65+) $16.00, Child (4 to 12) $9.00, Infants (3 and under)
Address: 101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1J9
8. Scotsman’s Hill
This scenic spot is popular with locals, thanks to its sweeping city views and easy access. This historical spot once saw herds of Bison roam its grassy hillbut is more popular today for lounging and hanging out. This spot also offers a great vantage point for the city’s numerous fireworks.
Address:Scotsman’s Hill, Salisbury St. S.E.
9. Toronto Crescent View Point
The Toronto Crescent View Point is a hidden gem in Calgary. This lesser-known spot offers the same views at the popular Crescent Heights area, but without the crowds. An observation deck provides an excellent view of the Bow River and city skyline.
Address: 2564 Toronto Crescent NW, Calgary
10. Skyline View
This lookout in downtown Calgary gives you a prime view of the city skyline and the Calgary Stampede grounds. Travel along 6th Street SE, and look for a large wooden platform at the intersection of Ramsay St. Watch the sunset over the Calgary Saddledome and enjoy this scenic view of the Elbow River.
Address: 2022 Salisbury St SE, Calgary
11. Tyndale Park
This small park is tucked away in the depths of the Bridgeland residential area. It is a well-known spot to residents for watching fireworks and photographing Calgary’s downtown lights. Since the elevation is higher than the downtown core, a great view is always guaranteed.
Address: Drury Ave NE, Calgary
12. Bellevue Ave SE
The large off-leash dog park in the 1000-block of Bellevue Ave is your starting point to enjoy this great view. Climb the hill, lay out a blanket and enjoy the view of the Elbow River and Calgary’s skyline. This area is popular with the residents of Ramsaybut is little-known to other Calgarians.
Address: 1000-block of Bellevue Avenue SE
13. Cranston Escarpment Viewpoint
This wide-open space will make you forget you are in the busy southeast community of Cranston. On a clear day, this scenic lookout offers unobstructed views of the Bow River and the Rocky Mountain foothills. Several benches and picnic spots are available.
Address: Behind Caterpillar Park, 250 Cranston Gate SE, Calgary
14. Hillcrest Avenue
This tiny area along Hillcrest Avenue is a great spot for an unobstructed view of downtown Calgary. Located in Mount Royal, you’ll also get a view of the Beltline and Mission communities. A small park and garden make this a lovely spot to sit and relax.
Address: Hillcrest Avenue& Earl Grey Crescent SW, Calgary
15. Patterson Homestead Memorial Park
This beautiful park and pathway system is located in south Calgary. It has sweeping views of the Bow River, Fish Creek Park, downtown Calgary and the distant Rocky Mountains. A paved walkway extends for several kilometers in each direction.
Address: 133 Mt Alberta Pl SE, Calgary
16. McHugh Bluff Park
McHugh Bluff Park is perched on the edge of an outcrop overlooking downtown Calgary. You’ll have to work a bit to get there, as there are several sets of stairs to climb before reaching the top. Once there, you can relax and enjoy the sights!
Address: Along Crescent Rd. N.W., from 10 St. N.W. to Centre St. N
17. Edworthy Park/Douglas Fir Trail
Edworthy Park is a popular park in central Calgary for its riverfront location and hillside paths. Hop on a bike or walk to the top for a great view of the city and surrounding area. Parking is available on either side of the Bow River, with a pedestrian bridge to pass back and forth.
Address: 5050 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary