Stanley Park has plenty of grills and picnic tables for outdoor eating, and its proximity to the Elbow River and a public pool doesn’t hurt either. Get here early, however, as the tables fill up quickly with families that have the same idea.
Edworthy Park is home to the Douglas Fir Trail and Lawrey Gardens, as well as picnic tables, picnic shelters, fire pits, barbecue stands and a gazebo. This greenspace is perfect for passing the day with sports and hot dogs.
Bowness Park is a great place to have a relaxing picnic or barbecue by a lagoon, without leaving the city. Bowness Park has picnic and barbecue areas, as well as the ParkSide Café for those who like the idea of lunch in the park, but don’t want to put it together. After lunch, rent a paddleboat for a trip around the pond.
Carburn Park is home to three man-made ponds. Carburn Park allows canoes, paddleboats and dinghies on the water, as well as fishing. After you’ve caught your lunch, cook it up on a barbecue pit and devour it under the shade of a picnic shelter.
Sandy Beach Park is a green space oasis although is has neither sand nor beach, but don’t let that stop you from bringing a basket for the day. The park has picnic areas, barbecue pits and access to the Bow River for canoeing or rafting.
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