Confluence Park (West Nose Creek) - TRIP REPORT

by - Saturday, October 18, 2014

So excited to be going to the "big rock"!
If you're looking for a short, flat trail for an urban hike or bike ride with kids, Confluence Park is a great option. Its unique features include natural vegetation, bridges crossing the meandering Nose Creek, the creek itself, and a large glacier erratic (boulder moved by glaciers).

Park sign near the parking lot
Bordered by Harvest Hills Blvd N to the west, Beddington Trail NW to the south and Deerfoot Trail to the east, Confluence Park has paved and gravel trails that are fairly flat, so they are suitable for young cyclists. From the parking lot to the southeast end of the park, it is about 2.0 km, so you can do a 4.0 km circuit. (The paved bike path connects to other paths, so you can make your trip further, but heading northwest from the parking lot takes you uphill and may be challenging for younger riders.) 

Heading out on the lower (gravel) trail
Although there is a lot of road noise at this park, we enjoy the flat trails and checking out West Nose Creek and Split Rock. The girls usually bike while my hubby and I walk or jog. The gravel path is not too busy, so the kids can meander as the stream does. Just keep an eye out for offleash dogs! The paved path tends to have more speedy cyclists, so you need to be more attentive.

West Nose Creek
Our girls' favorite part of visiting Confluence Park is running around Split Rock, a glacial erratic (translation: rock pushed here by glaciers) from Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park (Source ). Split Rock looks small in the photo, but is about 2 metres (6.5 feet) tall! There are some boulders around Split Rock that are fun for climbing on too. 
Split Rock
Split Rock offers cool photo opps.
Another nice thing about this park is that there are amenities nearby. We try to combine a bike ride with grocery shopping and a bubble tea at T&T supermarket. T.Pot has some pretty good dimsum too.

The gravel trail later joins the paved trail. Here we are at the junction on our way back.

It's not all grassland; colorful shrubs abound.
All in all, it's a fun place to spend a couple hours. My 5 year old easily biked from end to end of the park (4 km round trip), and my 3 year old rode about 2 km on her balance bike. The only thing missing was park benches down by the creek, but we had our trusty picnic blanket with us. There are benches along the upper (paved) trail and the boulders by Split Rock also make a great snack spot. We will come here again when we have other things to do in the area. 

Where to Park

The parking lot is on Harvest Hills Blvd NW, south of the Harvest Hills Shopping centre (T&T Supermarket). If you are driving south on Harvest Hills Blvd, the parking lot is on the left side of the road (shares access with Beddington Golf Park).

Google Map to Confluence Park
Do you have new cyclists in your family? Where do you like to take them riding?

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