Edgemont Hill – Panoramic Views, Off-Leash Park Area
If you frequently use Shaganappi Trail or John Laurier Boulevard to get to and from where you need to go, chances are that you’ve noticed the estate homes of Edgemont facing south and west off the elevated plateau inherent to the popular northwest community.
I’ve always peered up at these estates in envy wondering just how spectacular that view of the entire city is and decided to check it out for myself.
After the fact, I must say that this outdoor green space, which I will suitably name myself as Edgemont Hill (since Google or the city doesn’t have a name for it), is one of the best parks in Calgary and one that you should check out for yourself.
Whether it be for a walk with your dog, a romantic viewing of the sunset with your partner, or perhaps a quiet rest and relaxation session to think on your own, the breathtaking panoramic views and beautiful natural setting will put your mind at ease.
- Name: Edgemont Hill
- Location: NW Calgary – access via Edgemont, Edenwold Drive NW
- Dirt pathways and viewing benches
- Strategically placed erratic boulders for views
- Vantage points for sunset views
- Off-lease area
- Multiple tree groves
Edgemont Hill offers an unrivalled vantage point where you can see for countless kilometres in the south and west directions.
The Rocky Mountains and downtown Calgary are just two of several distinguishable places to view; the west is best seen at night when the sunset slowly fades behind the mountain tops, while downtown is best seen atop a set of erratic boulders obviously placed there for people like me looking to get a view.
A Good Starting Point
At the corner of Edenwold Drive and Edenstone Road NW is an opening to Edgemont Hill. You’ll immediately notice the off-leash sign entering this area.
There are two paths to take, one leading downward to a grove of aspen trees below and one that skims the ridge of the plateau and leads southwest towards the best viewpoints this best Calgary park has to offer.
The erratic boulders mentioned above you’ll find adjacent to the corner of estate homes lining the ridge.
Heading west from them leads to park benches that are good vantage points for mountain and sunset viewing and other unpaved pathways that lead towards the Edgemont Club and more open space on the other side of the ridge homes.
If you plan on heading here during the spring or summer, make sure to wear long-sleeves and pants; when I visited the mosquitoes were out in full force and ended our viewing of the sunset too early.
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