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The Greenway Story

The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway Story

In 2009, the Greenway was a dream. The idea was to build a pathway system that surrounded the whole city, the only one of its kind in the world. Along the way, we would build parks and amenities.

The $50M project was massive and unprecedented in scale, both for Calgary and for the Parks Foundation. The Greenway progressed with support of key partners, including all major real estate developers, energy companies and individual Calgarians. In 2013, 13 Rotary clubs and Mattamy came forward with $5 million dollars each.

The dream of leaving a legacy to our city and a unique outdoor free recreational attraction of connected urban pathways for everyone to enjoy is becoming a reality. Even though it continues to grow as the city does, we are very excited to celebrate the progress of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway a 138 kilometer network of paths and bikeways that brings the City of Calgary together. The project is unique as it makes use of the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC), by safely incorporating public pathways and park amenities on underutilized and often vacant green spaces.

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The Rotary/ Mattamy Greenway borders Tsuu T’ina Nation lands on the west side, and continues its journey through several areas of significance for the Blackfoot and other First Nation communities. It travels through a multitude of Calgary’s neighborhoods and reflects the diversity of the city’s population. Portions of the Greenway use existing pathways through established neighborhoods, while other portions go beside communities that were once separate towns or hamlets, including Midnapore, Shepard and Bowness, places that have their own unique identities. Large sections of the Greenway are adjacent to the city’s newest neighborhoods, which are just beginning to establish a sense of place and community. As a year-round destination for cyclists, cross-country skiers, runners, walkers, nature lovers, and kids of all ages the Greenway is home to over 13 specialized and incredible amenities.

The central story of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway is about orienting Calgarians to our surroundings in a way that allow all of us to connect with one another inviting residents to be active while enjoying Calgary’s natural environment. There is a tangible connection between the neighborhoods, natural and cultural resources along the route. Stronger connections help build stronger communities. Parks Foundation Calgary’s goal is to encourage everyone to explore new areas of the city and symbolically embrace Calgary as a unified yet diverse community.

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The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway links parks, natural areas, greenspaces, river valleys and citizens. The Greenway is a 138km urban pathway system that encircles the entire City of Calgary. This major pathway transportation network serves Calgarians by providing a connected system throughout 55 communities around Calgary and also connects with almost 1000kms of existing pathways. The pathways can be used to commute to work or for free recreation activities all year round.
The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway is a major urban pathway system that is affected by multiple factors such as road and utility construction that can impact pathway connections. Please check back regularly as pathway routes may change with little notice. We want to keep all Greenway users up to date with possible changes in the route in order to facilitate the best user experience possible.

Click on the links below for tips and resources to assist in using this extensive pathway system.

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Tips for following the Greenway

Follow these helpful hints to successfully follow the pathway on this intricate urban transportation system.


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Instructions to display the Greenway map
  1. 1. After downloading the app, please go to the “layer List” (icon is in the top black banner).
  2. 2. Select the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, then our logo will show in the map.
  3. 3. This will give you access to the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway map layer.

For more information on the APP and to download, please click here.

There is also a desktop version of the map for your convenience! To download, please click here.
Follow the same display instructions above to access the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway map layer.

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Download a Full map of the Greenway!

To download a map of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, simply click here!

Wherever possible, we will establish well marked detours for Greenway users to bypass any pathway missing sections. Please check back regularly as pathway routes may change with little notice. To download a map showing current sections that are incomplete or under construction along the Greenway, click here!

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POPULAR ROUTES
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THE CRANSTON RIDGE PATHWAY

RATING: EASY

Unless you’re from the southeast, you probably aren’t aware of the Cranston Ridge Pathway. This short route is only 2kms each way, a total of 4kms; it is quite flat so it makes for an easy and scenic walk/run. Plus, if you start/end at the Cranston Market shopping centre, you can come back to a treat of a slurpee, iced coffee or even lunch at the local public house!
START/END: You can park in Cranston Market parking lot on 356 Cranston Rd SE and then head west on the path. There is only one intersection to cross so this route is very safe for children. As you’re heading west you will start to go down a hill, make sure to veer to the right at the Greenway sign or you will head further down the hill. At this point you will be along the ridge that has striking views of the Bow River below and the Greenway will continue for approximately another 1.5kms. There are plenty of benches to rest and enjoy the view. Turn around when the Greenway starts to go down hill in the direction of Rotary Nature Park of whenever you feel ready!

MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT! At about the 2 km mark, the pathway will split. If you want to continue and make your journey more difficult, follow the Greenway sign in the direction of Rotary Nature Park and continue down the hill. This will bring you to the pathways adjacent to the river and you continue to the Bow River Pedestrian Bridge if you wish – you can also stop in Rotary Nature Park to test our your bird identification skills. This round trip route will be approximately 12.5kms. But remember, you have to come back up the Cranston Ridge Hill which is fairly steep so feel free to turn back at any time!

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THE NORTHEAST PATHWAYS

 

RATING: EASY

If you are a biker that likes long, easy rides – perhaps you have an aversion to hills – then this is the route for you! As this part of the Greenway is on the east side of the city it is much less hilly than some of the pathways in the west or the south. This is one of the longest uninterrupted pathways on the entire Greenway system that literally goes on for miles without many pedestrian crossings. The reason that we can achieve this extended length of pathway is because it is located on the grassland adjacent to Stoney Trail. This route can go upwards of 30kms with only 2 pedestrian crossings each way, 4 in total. If you’re looking to build some stamina or are a beginner rider, keep reading…

START/END: As with all the Greenway paths you can start pretty much anywhere but here’s our suggestions for a starting point. To start from the north you can park at the Saddleridge Elementary School, 368 Saddlecrest Blvd NE, and look for the Greenway sign to the Northwest. From here the path will turn to head south where it will be just over 6kms to get to McKnight Blvd.

MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT! Cross McKnight Blvd. and go for another 4.5kms to 16th Avenue NE. Once you reach 16th Ave it will be a total of 21kms round trip. Turn back here or… keep going…?

TIP: There’s a shopping centre here, good place to stop for a drink and/or snack. Also there is ample parking, this could make a good start/end point if it is more convenient.

Continuing South Cross on the Greenway from 16th Ave NE to 17th Ave SE will add an additional 4.3kms each way. Total distance from Saddleridge to 17th Ave is approximately 30kms round trip, only 2 intersections to cross each way.
 
TIP: When you get to 17th Ave SE, there is a Tim Horton’s!

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WEASELHEAD TO ANDERSON

RATING: INTERMEDIATE
DISTANCE: 7.5km

For those who havent been to the Weaslehead, it is a beautiful natural area on the west side of the Glenmore Resevoir. This route has a couple of steep hills as you enter and leave the Weaslehead Natural area but once you pass through South Glenmore Park it is fairly flat.

Start at the North Glemore Park parking lot, 6615 37 St SW, and head down hill into the Weaslehead. You will head up a hill on the south side of the Weaselhead and at the top you will turn right to head south on the Greenway.

Make it more difficult: You can keep going past Anderson but keep in mind there is a city detour due to ring road construction, it should be well marked as a pathway detour. This part of the Greenway will lead you to the paths in Fish Creek Park where you can continue for a minimum of 12kms more if you like. Turn around when you are ready!

Tip: If you are doing the round trip, bring a picnic lunch and stop atfer doing your preferred length of route and rest on the banks of the Elbow River. It is a beautiful location for a picnic and a great reward after your ride/run!

Transit Tip: If you decide to head into Fish Creek Park to MacLead Trail, there is the Fish Creek LRT station where you can end your journey. Keep in mind this will add about 8 more kms to your trip so plan accordingly!

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BOWMONT TO BAKER

 

RATING: INTERMEDIATE/DIFFICULT

6kms one way – 12kms round trip.

If you would like a challenging route with rolling hills and spectacular views, this will be the section for you! This route goes through the beautiful Bowmont Park and finishes at Baker Park.
Start at the small parking lot at 2078 52 St NW and head north. Follow the Greenway signs along the ridge. It a fairly straight forward route but keep an eye out for signs around the pond and refer to the map (see yellow area). There are many paths in the area so it’s easy to get off route.

TIP: This route can be easily reversed by starting at the Baker Park parking lot and proceeding in the southeast direction.

make it more difficult: Keep going!! The pathway continues past Baker Park and heads towards Tuscany. Keep in mind there is quite a big hill that heads up to the community of Tuscany beside the Home Depot. Turn around when you are getting tired.

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GREENWAY 150 ROUTE

 

RATING: DIFFICULT

75kms one way – 150kms round trip.

Complete the Greenway Summer Challenge in only one day!? … or two? This route is only for the ultra ambitious, but if you really want to challenge yourself, try this!
As the Greenway is not fully connected around the City as of yet, we suggest this completed route to avoid any construction detours that you may have encountered on other parts of the Greenway. This route also highlights some of the most beautiful scenic areas of the Greenway and of Calgary. These include 12 Mile Coullee, Baker Park, Bowmont Park, Edworthy Park, The Weaselhead, Fish Creek Park and The Greenway’s SE Wetland Boardwalks. This is a great way to challenge yourself while appreciating the beauty of Calgary and this small portion of our great country. Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

TIP: If you start at the Crowfoot Station and end at Ralph Klein, there will be a net loss in altitude of over 600ft that may make it ‘slightly’ easier. The other way around will be a net gain in altitude.
START/END: You can start either at Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 SE and park in the parking lot OR you can take transit to the Crowfoot LRT Station.
Transit Tip: You can take advantage of the two LRT stations along this section of the Greenway, Crowfoot Station and Fish Creek Station.The distance between train stations is approximately 45kms so please plan accordingly. You could choose to split the challenge into three days by completing this route three times. Completing the challenge in three days is still very impressive!

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Amenities Along The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway


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<h5>CITY SCAPE INTERPRETIVE WETLAND</h5>
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CITY SCAPE INTERPRETIVE WETLAND

Cityscape Music Park (Music Playground) was installed by Mattamy Homes near the wetland and the searing node. Educational signage make the visit interactive and generate a learning opportunity for everyone!

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<h5>SADDLEBROOK PLAYPARK</h5>
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SADDLEBROOK PLAYPARK

This nature inspired playground has many boulders for climbing, making it the perfect spot for adventures.

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<h5>TARADALE DOG PARK</h5>
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TARADALE DOG PARK

This fully fenced dog park with parking lot is located on the east end of 64th Ave NE. It provides amenities such as weave poles, benches and granular paths creating the perfect time out setting to goof around.

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<h5>ARC RESOURCES INTERPRETIVE WETLAND</h5>
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ARC RESOURCES INTERPRETIVE WETLAND

This Wetland boardwalk with benches is one of the most scenic spots on the greenway. Perfect to relax and enjoy nature or have a fun picnic with awesome view.

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<h5>CN RAIL PLAYPARK</h5>
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CN RAIL PLAYPARK

Beside the community of Applewood, this nature inspired playground has many boulders for climbing. A playpark to fully develop creativity and have fun.

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<h5>SOUTHEAST WETLANDS</h5>
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SOUTHEAST WETLANDS

North of the Community of Copperfield there are four Wetland boardwalks that traverse natural wetlands and native grassland. Two Bird Blinds and a lookout tower for bird viewing are along this path. Educational wetland signage has also been installed to make the journey a learning experience. In total this portion of the Greenway is nearly 5KM long and is made up of both pathways and boardwalks. Along the path there are rest nodes with benches.

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<h5>TRANSCANADA OUTDOOR FITNESS PARK AND MAHOGANY WETLANDS</h5>
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TRANSCANADA OUTDOOR FITNESS PARK AND MAHOGANY WETLANDS

An adult fitness equipment with large boulders and a ropes climbing course, surrounded by paths and viewpoints over the wetlands.

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<h5>JIM DAVIDSON BARK N' PLAY DOG PARK</h5>
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JIM DAVIDSON BARK N' PLAY DOG PARK

This fully fenced dog park with 2 separate fenced training areas includes weave poles and agility runs, as well as and pits for digging and a dog water fountain. It also has a granular trail system for pet owners.

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<h5>ROTARY NATURE PARK</h5>
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ROTARY NATURE PARK

Granular pathways around engineered wetlands and the Bow River used for walking and observing local birds. Perfect for a natural escape.

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<h5>PROGRESS ENERGY MEMORIAL GARDEN</h5>
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PROGRESS ENERGY MEMORIAL GARDEN

This garden contains over 9000 volunteer planted poppies and symbolic graphic panels depicting a World War I Army Regiment and a field of red poppies. The amenity was designed as a place for reflection that allows for quiet pride for those who have served our country and continue to fight for our freedom. It is located Just north of the Signal Hill Shopping Centre.

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<h5>TOURMALINE OUTDOOR FITNESS PARK IN POINT MCKAY</h5>
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TOURMALINE OUTDOOR FITNESS PARK IN POINT MCKAY

This park contains 9 pieces of Norwell Outdoor Fitness Equipment that were designed for a full body workout. It also has a bike ‘fix-it” station that contains multiple tools to allow the user to fix their bike on site, it even includes a bike air pump!

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<h5>BAKER PARK</h5>
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BAKER PARK

This scenic manicured park developed by the City of Calgary overlooks the Bow River and Bowness Park on the opposite bank. It’s also home of an 18 hole disc golf course.

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