We headed out for a family valentine’s hike and chose to check out Beaver Dam Flats. We had never been before. It was fairly easy to access – we took Glenmore East to 18th Street North – left on 66th and followed the road around until we saw a sign on the left with a parking lot located between to apartment buildings.
Once we left the parking lot there is a regional pathway that leads down the hill to Beaver Dam Flats. The paths were very icy and still had quite a bit snow but we still saw several people on bikes and with strollers making their way through it. There is also an off leash dog park so there were many dogs. If your child has a fear it may not be the best choice to choose the bow river pathway. As with all dog parks you also have to keep an eye out for a mess on the pathways (being dog owners we support the parks but there’s always someone who doesn’t play by the rules!). We followed the paved path which actually headed north from the park and then a snow path that headed closer to the river so we could catch a glimpse of the ducks resting under the train bridge. The park has many trees and there were lots of birds. Binoculars were great to have along so that my daughter could see them far off in the distance. I hope to revisit this park in the spring and also think it would be stunning in the fall. There are so many trees, water and hills. You also get an amazing view of both the mountains and the city skyline. If you’re lucky like we were, a train will pass over the bridge. This was a highlight of the park for my son.
The sign shows a playground but most of the paths were icy and so we didn’t venture further into the park. I’d love to hear from readers what they think of it if they’ve been before.
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs over at fourdayshome.