Dog-Friendly Hikes & Parks Around Calgary

The COVID-19 Pandemic has more and more people looking for things to do a little closer to home. In addition, interest in adopting pets from shelters has peaked (yay!) due to many people having some extra spare time. Here are some ideas on where to explore with your buddy.

Big Hill Springs Provincial Park

Big Hill Springs is my pups favourite place. Located in the foothills, just east of Cochrane, this hike is perfect to kick the craving for a fun nature walk. The best part are the natural springs and waterfalls for your pup (and for you) to cool down in the summer.

The main loop is about 1.6k, and there are a few trail offshoots north of the streams if you’d like to explore a little further.

Difficulty: Relatively easy for people with no mobility issues

Chestermere Lake

Located about 20 minutes east of Calgary, Chestermere Lake features a huge off-leash dog park (warning: not completely fenced in), with access to swimming in the lake for dogs too.

Park at John Peake Park and the dog park is along the northwest side of the lake.

Difficulty: Easy

Barrier Lake

Barrier Lake is a stunning day use area located in Bow Valley Provincial Park. There are many front country and backcountry hikes to explore, or you can park at the day use area and walk along the shore for water access and incredible views.

Barrier Lake is in Kananaskis Country, about 1 hour from Calgary.

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